Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the purpose of this survey?
A: The survey results will be used by health-related organizations in Minnesota to develop
effective public health strategies and policies. The survey will supply
information to health care providers and others interested in helping
Minnesotans live healthier lives.
Q: How long will the survey take?
A: For most people, the survey takes about 15-20 minutes. It may be a few
minutes longer depending on the answers to certain questions.
Q: Who is the sponsor of the survey?
A: The Minnesota Department of Health and ClearWay MinnesotaSM are the survey sponsors.
Q: What kinds of questions are asked?
A: This survey asks questions about health behaviors, tobacco use, and
exposure to secondhand smoke. We also ask a few general background questions,
such as the last grade you completed in school.
Q: Who will see my answers?
A: Survey data will not be shared with anyone outside of the study. The
answers you give to this survey will be held confidential. Your answers will be grouped with those of other people
who participate in the survey before they are analyzed, so no report of the
results will identify you individually. When Westat
sends the data back to the survey sponsors, names and identifying information
will not be included.
Q: Will I be able to get the results?
A: Reports about the current survey will be available on the web in the
beginning of 2019. Please check back for more information at that time.
Q: How did you get my phone number?
computer randomly chooses phone numbers from all the possible telephone
numbers in Minnesota,
both landline and cell phone numbers. This is a scientific process to choose
a random sample of Minnesota
residents. This method will select households with both listed and unlisted
Your telephone number is confidential and will not be given out to anyone.
If your number is unlisted, it will remain unlisted.
Q: Why don't you just call someone else?
A: A computer identified your phone number at random and all the people we
call make up a scientific sample of Minnesota
residents. Replacing you with anyone else will affect the accuracy of the
results. Although the survey is strictly voluntary, we hope that, if you are
selected, you will take the opportunity to participate. By choosing to
participate, you help to insure that the survey is truly representative of
adults in Minnesota.
Q: Who is Westat?
A: Westat is an independent research company hired by the
survey sponsors to conduct the interviews with those selected for