David Desroches

David Desroches

Senior Survey Researcher
  • Establishment surveys
  • Surveys of young adults on issues surrounding postsecondary education
  • Multimode and web surveys
Focus Areas
  • Education
  • College and Career Readiness
  • Human Services
About David

David DesRoches has expertise in establishment surveys and surveys of young adults on postsecondary education issues. He is a key contributor on design studies involving survey methodology.

DesRoches is the project director on the Kauffman Firm Survey, a nine-year longitudinal survey that examines how new businesses are formed and financed. This project involves annual multimode surveys of new business owners. He is also designing and directing data collection on the National Organizations Survey, which seeks to measure the effect of outsourcing and offshoring on employment and job quality. He directed the College Student Attrition Project, a multimode survey of former university students that measured factors in educational attainment and attrition. He has also directed or contributed to several surveys of young adults for the U.S. Department of Education and the National Science Foundation, including the National Evaluation of Upward Bound, the National Survey of Recent College Graduates, the National Education Longitudinal Survey, and the Beginning Postsecondary Students Longitudinal Survey.

DesRoches, an expert in multimode and web surveys, presents widely on methodological issues to professional associations, including the American Association for Public Opinion Research, the American Statistical Association, and the International Conference on Establishment Surveys. He has served as conference operations chair for the American Association for Public Opinion Research and holds an M.B.A. from the University of Connecticut. 

Key Projects
  • female entrepreneur
    Kauffman Firm Survey

    The Kauffman Firm Survey aimed to help new business owners overcome start-up challenges and build innovative, growing companies. Mathematica conducted the study to help the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation with its mission to promote new business development.