The Office of Survey Methods Research (OSMR) invites individuals to participate in research studies that help us evaluate and improve BLS surveys and products.
Research studies occur periodically throughout the year. If you are interested in participating in one of our research activities — focus groups, interviews, usability tests — please contact Stella Godbolt, (202) 691-7524.
We look for a wide variety of people to participate in our studies and each study is different. We will ask you some questions to determine your eligibility for specific studies.
It depends on the study you participate in. Most of our studies are conducted in our research lab in Washington, DC. Most of our studies are conducted in our research lab in Washington, DC. Below are descriptions of the three most common types of studies we do.
The sessions are not an evaluation of your ability — in other words, there are no “wrong answers.”
All information collected during the study will be kept confidential in accordance with federal regulations and will only be used to evaluate and improve BLS products. Participation in our research studies is always voluntary and participants may withdrawal at any time.
Test sessions typically last between 45 minutes to an hour.
Participants in our studies will receive $40 as a token of appreciation for their time and assistance.
Most lab studies are conducted at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) lab in Washington, DC. The BLS labs are located in the Postal Square Building, across the street from the Union Station metro. The address is:Bureau of Labor Statistics
To reach the OSMR research laboratory, see our directions and map.
Please contact Stella Godbolt, (202) 691-7524.
Last Modified Date: June 29, 2015