Organizing Survey Research to Support Military Manpower Policies

by Zahava D. Doering

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Describes the origin, functions, organizational structure, and accomplishments of the RAND-DOD Survey Research Project. Because the project was experimental, this description evaluates its work and recommends the transfer of its responsibilities to the Department of Defense. The basic requirements for an in-house survey research program in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Manpower, Reserve Affairs and Logistics) (MRA&L) are (1) the design, execution, and analytic support of major (in-house) MRA&L surveys; (2) centralized information and support capability for manpower-related survey data; and (3) support and review capability for DOD-wide surveys. RAND's recommendations are as (1) execute analytic and survey design functions, appoint an external Survey Advisory Board, create an internal coordinating body, establish design and analysis teams for major surveys, and utilize contractor support to supplement in-house expertise; and (2) reestablish a survey division at the Defense Manpower Data Center and formalize links between the survey division, the relevant offices of MRA&L and the proposed Survey Advisory Board and internal coordinating body.

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