Current Surveys

The HELPS Lab offers access to current web-based surveys through its website. Some of the surveys are open more generally to the public, while others require an access code for entry. Some surveys offer incentives for completion. To see these surveys, click here or on the “Current Surveys” link on the left of this page.

Basic Overview

The Human Ecology Learning and Problem Solving (HELPS) Lab is a fee-for-service facility at Montana State University-Bozeman that enables the collection of high-quality data for researchers using a variety of social and behavioral methods. The HELPS Lab is open to the broader community of researchers, with an emphasis on providing tools for studying interactions between human systems and other complex phenomena like ecosystems and public health. At full capacity, the HELPS Lab will facilitate, on a fee basis, the collection of high-quality data via computer-based experiments; interviews; focus groups; and web, mail, personal, and phone surveys.

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Start-up funding and support for the HELPS Lab have come from the MSU Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development, Montana INBRE, and MSU’s College of Letters and Science.

Objectives & Activities

The objectives of the HELPS Lab are to:

  • Help researchers and decision makers improve the productivity and quality of their work through the collection of high-quality data;
  • Increase competitiveness in securing external research funding;
  • Increase the capacity for social and behavioral research generally and more specifically in the areas of complex and cross-disciplinary research; and
  • Provide opportunities for enhancing research skills to faculty members and students.

The HELPS Lab meets these objectives by:

  • Consulting with researchers to provide information and cost estimates for use in funding applications;
  • Facilitating the collection of high-quality social and behavioral data for researchers on a fee basis; and
  • Supporting opportunities for researchers to increase their research design knowledge and their research methods skills.