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NOVA Research Company upgrades its Questionnaire Development System (QDS™) with a Web-based data collection module and will be exhibiting at the 139th annual APHA meeting in Washington, DC.

Bethesda, Maryland – Thursday, October 27, 2011. NOVA Research Company, a leading provider of innovative technology, consulting, and research support services for the global health and research community, announces its new QDS-Web™ product during the 139th annual American Public Health Association meeting. The exhibit dates are October 30-November 2, 2011, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC, at Booth #5046.

QDS-Web™, NOVA's newest QDS™ data collection module, provides researchers an easy-to-use application for collection of complex research data over the Internet. Data collection with QDS-Web™ requires no specialized software on the respondent's device, thereby making the survey available to all potential respondents with Internet connections and Web browsers. It provides researchers with a Web-based data collection system that requires no programming knowledge, supports complex questionnaire logic (necessary for conducting biomedical and behavioral research studies) and enables researchers to produce all materials needed to administer a questionnaire from a single set of specifications.

NOVA targeted low-cost server technologies when determining platforms for QDS-Web™ development. "We are excited to be able to provide public health researchers a low-cost application, since many work on a small budget," commented Paul Young, Director of Research and Technology and conceptual designer for QDS™ at NOVA Research Company.

QDS™ is a modular system consisting of three major components: Design Studio, Survey/Form Administration Modules, and Warehouse Manager. The four survey instrument administration modules include: Data Entry (used for Interviewer- or self-administered paper questionnaires with batched data entry/verification); CAPI (Computer-Assisted Personal Interview) for face-to-face interviewing on laptops or desktops; ACASI (Audio Computer-Administered Self-Interview) for more sensitive data collection and for interviewing respondents with reading difficulties; and HAPI™ (Handheld-Assisted Personal Interview) for Windows Mobile devices for more discrete, remote, and onsite interviews. QDS-Web™, for Internet-based interviewing, is currently in final development and testing with an expected commercial release scheduled for spring 2012. NOVA also provides custom programming for complex, multi-language web-based surveys for both commercial and Federal government clients.

About NOVA Research Company
Founded in 1986, NOVA Research Company is a trusted leader in providing innovative technology, consulting, and research support services for global health and research communities. NOVA has worked worldwide with leading commercial research organizations, universities, academic research institutions, and Government agencies, including the National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the World Health Organization (WHO). Developed through Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants, NOVA's QDS™ (Questionnaire Development System) software is used extensively in biomedical and behavioral health studies in ten countries.

NOVA is a privately held GSA (General Services Administration)-certified supplier to Federal and state agencies. Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, NOVA has onsite research and technology teams in Atlanta, Georgia, Hyattsville, Maryland, and San Francisco, California.

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