B&B Project Frequently Asked Questions

What is this study about? 

On behalf of the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), EurekaFacts, a research company based in Rockville, MD, is looking for recent graduates to come to our office and complete a self-administered survey and participate in a focus group. These are select survey questions from the 2016/20 Baccalaureate and Beyond Longitudinal Study (B&B:16/20). Your feedback about the survey and contribution during the group discussion will help NCES improve the survey, so it is clear and can be easily understood and answered by thousands of other individuals across the country. 

Where will the research interview take place? 

You will come to the EurekaFacts office at 51 Monroe Street, PE 10, Rockville, MD 20850. Our office is conveniently located across the pedestrian bridge connected to the Red Line Rockville Metro Station. There is also ample validated parking in our building. 

What will happen during the research interview? 

During the survey, you will be asked to answer questions about the impact of your education on your career and life. Some topics may include student debt, repayment, and employment experiences. Additionally, the survey will ask follow-up questions to understand your experience completing the survey. These questions ask you to evaluate the difficulty of the question, your confidence in your answers, and your understanding of the questions. 

During the focus group, EurekaFacts will facilitate a group discussion with about 10 people. We will ask open-ended questions about your overall survey experience and about specific questions. The focus group session will be audio and video recorded. 

What kind of device will I take the survey on? 

You will be taking the survey on a tablet computer provided by EurekaFacts. 

How long will the whole session last? 

We anticipate the entire session to last 90 minutes. The survey will take about 30 minutes to complete. The group discussion about the survey and sample contacting materials will take about 1 hour. 

Will information be kept confidential? 

You will be assigned a unique identifier (ID) and your name will not be linked to your answers. All of the information provided may be used only for statistical purposes and may not be disclosed, or used, in identifiable form for any other purpose except as required by law (20 U.S.C. §9573 and 6 U.S.C. §151). Audio and video of the session will be recorded only for analysis, and all personally identifying information will be destroyed after one year. 

Will the results go to my place of work? 

Your answers will not be disclosed to your company or place of work and will not be linked to any personally identifiable information. 

Is there an incentive for participating? 

Yes. You will receive a $90 gift card from a major credit card company. 

What are the possible risks of being in the study? 

There are no known risks to participating in this voluntary study. 

Who can I contact with questions or for further information? 

If you have any questions about the study, you can call Cecilia Teal, the Senior Research Analyst a240.345.9760If you have questions about your rights as a study participant, you can call the EurekaFacts’ Office of Research Protection at (240) 403-4800. 

Can participation end early? 

Participation in this study is completely voluntary. You have the right to refuse to answer particular questions. You may elect to stop answering the survey questions at any time.