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Data Collection

Data Collection

Data Collection

SC&A’s subject matter experts and information specialists support complex projects with a wide range of data collection services, including:

  • Literature searches – both scientific literature and popular press
  • Information gathering to populate databases
  • Development of background reports
  • Survey support – mail, in-person, and online

Sample Projects

  • For the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Radiation and Indoor Air, SC&A conducted a comprehensive literature search to support an analysis of the environmental impacts of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and the radiological impacts of various technologies used for electricity production.
  • For the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, SC&A conducted a literature search and prepared a summary report to answer crucial questions about the possible use of activated charcoal as a countermeasure for ingested radionuclides.
  • For a private client examining the effects of price fixing in the vitamin market, SC&A compiled background reports on the processes used in the manufacture of seven types of vitamins, including the process, technology, and input factors, as well as the way those production processes have changed over the past 20 years, the influence of plant capacity on cost, and the sustainability of the products during production and end use.
  • For EPA, SC&A searched for literature related to the detonation of a radiological dispersal device, radiological characteristics of the device, resulting radioactive contamination, modeling techniques, and response to the incident.
  • In support of EPA’s revision of its proposed standards for waste disposal at a potential Yucca Mountain repository, SC&A developed a database and populated it with information we compiled on the nationwide variations in annual radiation exposures due to various sources of radiation in the environment.
  • To calculate the GHG inventory of the U.S. Department of Energy Headquarters (Forrestal Building) in Washington, DC, SC&A gathered information on the use of stationary combustion and purchased electricity energy, fleet data, employee information, waste production values, and the use of refrigerants and production of wastewater.
  • SC&A helped EPA track the effectiveness of its guidance on indoor air quality for large commercial buildings through a survey of building owners by developing and assessing the survey methodology and questions, identifying survey candidates, preparing Federal Register notices and the Information Collection Request required by the Office of Management and Budget, and creating a survey database and database training for use by an EPA partner organization.

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