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|Founded||Rockville, Maryland (1963)|
Vice Chairman of the Board
James E. Smith
Thomas W. McKenna
Executive Vice President
Renee F. Slobasky
Senior Vice President
|Revenue||At least $3.17 billion USD (FY2009)|
In addition to the company’s capabilities as a statistical survey research organization, Westat does custom research and program evaluation studies across a broad range of subject areas. Westat also has the technical expertise in survey and analytical methods, computer systems technology, biomedical science, health information technology, and clinical trials.
Westat's research, technical, and administrative staff of more than 2,000 are located at its headquarters in Rockville, Maryland, near Washington, DC. Westat is located online at www.westat.com and www.facebook.com/westat.hq.
Depending on the number of active projects at any time, up to several thousand data collection and processing staff work at Westat's survey processing facilities, at the Telephone Research Center facilities, and at data collection sites throughout the nation. Westat also maintains research offices near its clients in Atlanta, Georgia; Cambridge, Massachusetts; Durham, North Carolina; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Houston, Texas. The company has international offices in Beijing, China; Liberia, Costa Rica; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; New Delhi, India; Johannesburg, South Africa; and Bangkok, Thailand.
Westat has conducted studies on a diverse range of topics:
- Health conditions and expenditures;
- Academic achievement and literacy;
- Medical treatments and outcomes;
- Exposure assessments;
- Program evaluation;
- Information management and communications solutions; and
- Respondent knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors.
Westat Statistical Software
Westat supports two software packages for statistics professionals: WesVar and Blaise.
- WesVar is a software package for variance estimation with complex survey data.
- Westat is the distributor in the United States and Canada for the Blaise family of software, a survey processing system.
Ownership by employees provides a stable organizational framework for long-term growth and development. All employees can earn a share of ownership through the Westat Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). Since the introduction of the plan in 1977, the value of employee holdings has grown with the company’s success as a research organization and with the growth of the staff. Stock earned through the ESOP supplements other fringe benefits, which include a 401(k) plan, health and life insurance, and vacation, holiday, and sick time. Advanced degrees and professional development activities are supported by reimbursement for approved college courses and for attendance at professional meetings.
Westat’s main campus is located in Rockville, Maryland, with additional staff offices near its clients in Atlanta, Georgia; Cambridge, Massachusetts; Durham, North Carolina; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Houston, Texas. The company’s interviewing, field operations, and survey data processing facilities are located throughout the nation:
International offices include Beijing, China; Liberia, Costa Rica; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; New Delhi, India; Johannesburg, South Africa; and Bangkok, Thailand.
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