Peter Batra

Survey Specialist Senior

G330 ISR-Perry
Ann Arbor MI 48104-1248

Peter Batra is a Survey Specialist Senior at the Survey Research Operations (SRO) unit of the Survey Research Center (SRC)  in University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research (ISR). Prior to joining SRO for the third time, Peter worked in the Survey Design & Development group at Statistics New Zealand. During that time he had a 1 year secondment to SRO (1st time) to develop, design and produce the General Interviewer Training (GIT) training materials which was used for almost 10 years to train new face to face (field) and telephone interviewers at SRO. He returned to Statistics New Zealand and managed several business surveys before going to the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) to set up survey software and manage a Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI) facility to conduct social surveys. After a few years he returned SRO (2nd time) to manage the SRO Telephone interviewing facility (known as the SSL) for almost 2 years before transitioning to project work. His next role was with the UM College of Pharmacy where he was responsible for running the entire survey life cycle (from questionnaire development to analysis and reporting) on several projects as well as further developing analysis skills and writing journal articles. During these 5.5 years he developed a research interest in genetics and  was one of the inaugural members of the PNG group meeting on monthly basis during the academic year. Now back at SRO (3rd time!) his work is comprised mainly of the implementation and operational aspects of study projects based on sound survey research methodology. He still has an avid interest in how the collection of genetic information can help overall analysis of survey results.