UW Economic Impact Study

CLIENT

Dennis Winters, NorthStar Economics, Inc. in collaboration with UW-Madison Chancellor's Office

DESCRIPTION

The UW Economic Impact Study is being conducted to assess the economic contribution that the University of Wisconsin - Madison makes to the state and local economies. The sample consists of randomly selected UW-Madison faculty and staff, students, football, basketball and hockey season ticket holders, UWHC staff, as well as UWHC patients and visitors. Respondents will be sent a mail survey asking them to recall their spending during the last month by expenditure category. Data collected will be used in state budget planning and in stimulating cooperation between the campus and the community.

PROJECT DIRECTOR

Holly Yu

DATE IN FIELD

Fall 2002 - Spring 2003


HMO Study

CLIENT

Department of Health and Family Services

DESCRIPTION

The purpose of this project was to gather information about how HMOs in the state of Wisconsin currently authorize services for alcohol and drug abuse and to receive feedback on a new state tool, the Unifrom Placement Criteria, designed to help HMOs systemize these decisions. Participant HMOs were recruited from a list of eighteen Medicaid managed care HMOs supplied by the Depatment of Health and Family Services. In-person semi-structured interviews were conducted with individuals representing all 18 HMOs. The information from these interviews was compiled into a final report delivered to the client.

PROJECT DIRECTOR

Debra Wright

DATE IN FIELD

June 1998 - Dec 1998


Women in Philanthropy

CLIENT

Martha Taylor, UW Foundation; Betsy Draine, UW Chancellor's Office; funded in part by the Ford Foundation

DESCRIPTION

Investigators are interested in the relationship between women's programming initiatives and women's giving at Research I universities. A mail survey (in two waves) was conducted during the 1998-99 school year. Summer of 1999 began phone room efforts to contact administrators and development officers at just under 90 universities. The results from the study will be made available to all participating universities.

PROJECT DIRECTOR

Melissa Marcello

DATE IN FIELD

September 1998


Minnesota Cancer "Barriers" Survey

CLIENT

Minnesota Department of Health

DESCRIPTION

Approximately 900 women who had previously contacted a Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) hotline responded to a 20 minute interview in this CATI project. The study will help identify and assess the barriers that might exist for women in obtaining information about breast cancer and the free mammogram programs offered by MDH.

PROJECT DIRECTOR

Andrea Nelson


1999 Graduate Student Satisfaction Survey

CLIENT

University of Wisconsin-Madison Chancellor's Office

DESCRIPTION

This CATI survey of 1,040 UW-Madison graduate students was conducted for the University of Wisconsin-Madison Chancellor's Office. This was the seventh consecutive year that the UW Survey Center conducted a student satisfaction survey for the UW Administration. Earlier projects focused on the undergraduate experience at UW-Madison. This was the first satisfaction survey to focus on graduate students.

PROJECT DIRECTOR

Jim Sweet


Study of Child Support and Family Issues

CLIENT

The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

DESCRIPTION

This name sample study was conducted to help researchers and policy makers get better information about families in which the children live apart from one of their parents. Getting an accurate picture of the situation of these families is the first step to making better public policies, particularly with recent changes in welfare policy. This study was also concerned with the ability of parents to accurately answer questions about child support, custody, and visitation.

PROJECT DIRECTOR

John Stevenson

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Professor Nora Cate Schaeffer in the department of Sociology at the UW-Madison was the Principle Investigator


CUNY Open Admissions 2nd Generation Project

CLIENT

City University of New York (CUNY)

DESCRIPTION

This was a CATI name sample study of former students who attended colleges of the City University of New York (CUNY) after its open admissions programs began in the early 1970s. The study aimed to evaluate the impact of the open admissions programs on former students and to help in planning programs for future students.

PROJECT DIRECTOR

Robert Lee

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Professor David E. Lavin and Professor Paul Attewell, both Professors of Sociology at the Graduate School and University Center of CUNY were the Principle Investigators


City of Milwaukee Cable Television Study

CLIENT

City of Milwaukee

DESCRIPTION

As part of its plans to award a new cable television contract the City of Milwaukee collected input from city residents. We conducted 733 interviews with city residents for this RDD CATI study. Both cable television subscribers and non-subscribers were interviewed.

PROJECT DIRECTOR

Robert Lee


Study of Manufacturers' Staffing Needs and Practices

CLIENT

Professor Leann Tigges and Dr. Cindy Ofstead

DESCRIPTION

Professor Leann Tigges of the Rural Sociology Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Dr. Cindy Ofstead are interested in learning how manufacturing firms recruit and hire workers. We interviewed respondents at more than 1000 manufacturing firms in Wisconsin, asking them about their firms' staffing needs and practices.

PROJECT DIRECTOR

Robert Lee


Farmer Pesticide Application Study

CLIENT

Dr. Melissa Perry

DESCRIPTION

This was the 2nd year that Dr. Melissa Perry, currently at Harvard Medical School, collected data from Dairy Farmers. The study examined the pesticide application practices of Wisconsin dairy farmers and gathered information on the chemical they are applying and the safety gear they wear during application. The study has gathered two years of phone survey data. In addition, researchers working with Dr. Perry gathered urine and blood samples from farmers to detect for the presence of pesticides in farmers. Data will be used to help educate farmers on the dangers of pesticide use, and indeed has already been presented to farmers at pesticide certification trainings here in Wisconsin.

PROJECT DIRECTOR

John Stevenson


Department of Public Instruction Study

CLIENT

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI)

DESCRIPTION

We conducted 1043 interviews throughout Wisconsin for this RDD study. The interviews were approximately 20 minutes long and dealt with a number of topics related to education in Wisconsin. DPI and others will use the data to help plan the future of education in Wisconsin.

PROJECT DIRECTOR

Robert Lee


1998 Undergraduate Student Satisfaction Survey

CLIENT

University of Wisconsin - Madison

DESCRIPTION

This was the 6th annual Undergraduate Student Satisfaction Survey. As in previous years, the project was funded by the UW-Madison through a grant from the Hilldale Fund. CATI interviews were completed with 1229 randomly selected University of Wisconsin-Madison undergraduates from February through April, 1998. The purpose of the study was to learn how the quality of undergraduate education can be improved. New topics on this year's survey included: the Ethnic Studies requirement, writing in classes, how students spend time, and being "up" and prepared for class.

PROJECT DIRECTOR

Dr. James A. Sweet and Andrea Nelson

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: The Student Survey reports are available online here.


National Biotechnology Survey

CLIENT

Professor Albert Gunther of the UW-Madison Department of Agricultural Journalism

DESCRIPTION

We completed 760 interviews for this national RDD CATI study. Funding was provided by a Hatch Grant from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).


Consumer Attitude Study

CLIENT

Professor Kang of the UW-Madison School of Human Ecology

DESCRIPTION

Consumer shopping habits and decision making were studied in this RDD CATI study. Repsondents were randomly selected in 4 cities: Philadelphia, PA, Columbus, OH, Dallas, TX, and Atlanta, GA.

PROJECT DIRECTOR

Andrea Nelson


1997 Milwaukee Clean Air Study

CLIENT

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

DESCRIPTION

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) funded this project to find effective ways to reduce air pollution and improve public health in the Milwaukee area. Federal legislation has mandated that the Milwaukee area participate in a variety of clean air programs. This study was designed to understand the experiences and attitudes of Milwaukee area residents with respect to these programs and policies. The project was in the field from September 22, 1997 through November 30, 1997. A total of 600 interviews were completed during this time.

PROJECT DIRECTOR

John Stevenson


Managed Care and Medicaid Impact Study

CLIENT

Professor Roberta Riportella-Muller of the UW-Madison School of Human Ecology

DESCRIPTION

This was a name sample CATI study of Wisconsin residents who are Medicaid participants and receive their medical care from a Health Maintenance Organization (HMO). The project was in the field fron September 24, 1997 through December 19, 1997. 313 interviews were completed during this time. Funding for this project came from the Wisconsin Bureau of Health Care Financing.


1997 Undergraduate Student Satisfaction Survey

CLIENT

University of Wisconsin-Madison

DESCRIPTION

In all, 1,216 CATI interviews were completed with randomly selected University of Wisconsin-Madison undergraduates from February through April, 1997. The purpose of the study was to learn how the quality of undergraduate education can be improved. This was the 5th annual version of the survey. The project was funded by the UW-Madison through a grant from the Hilldale Fund. The response rate for this 20 minute interview was 83%.

PROJECT DIRECTOR

Dr. James A. Sweet and Andrea Nelson


Chicago Public Schools, Early Childhood Programs Survey

CLIENT

Professor Arthur Reynolds, UW-Madison School of Social Work

DESCRIPTION

In this project a sample of 1,421 children who attended Chicago Public Schools in designated areas was provided to the Survey Center by the Principal Investigator, Professor Arthur Reynolds, UW-Madison School of Social Work. A parent or guardian of the selected child was designated as the respondent for the survey. Interviews were conducted by telephone, via CATI, in most cases. In those cases where it was impossible to locate a telephone number, a mail questionnaire was sent. Small incentive payments were made to encourage participation. The goal of the survey was to evaluate the effects of early childhood intervention programs a few years after the children participated in them. A total of 577 respondents completed the 30 minute interview by telephone and another 96 returned mail questionnaires for a total of 673 completed interviews.

PROJECT DIRECTOR

Robert Lee


1997 Breast Cancer Follow-up Survey

CLIENT

Minnesota Department of Health

DESCRIPTION

In all, 1,270 CATI interviews were completed with women who had participated in a free mammogram program offered by the Minnesota Department of Health. The purpose of the study was to evaluate the respondents' satisfaction with the program and to find out what additional steps they may have taken after receiving the mammogram. This year's project was the second follow-up interview with these women. The project was conducted for the Minnesota Department of Health, Cancer Control Section. The response rate for this 20 minute interview was 86%.

PROJECT DIRECTOR

Robert H. Lee


Study of Wisconsin Farmers

CLIENT

Dr. Melissa Perry

DESCRIPTION

In this CATI project, farmers in six Wisconsin counties were interviewed in February and March 1997. A total of 1,230 farm households were screened to determine whether or not they were users of restricted use pesticides. A total of 985 farmer households were determined to be eligible and 797 interviews (81% response rate) were completed with these eligible farmers. Interviews averaged 15 minutes in length. This project is part of a research effort to understand the role that pesticides have on the health of farmers and their families. A second phase of the project is currently in the field. Telephone interviews are being conducted with farmers just before and just after pesticide application. The research is being conducted for Dr. Melissa Perry (then of the Medical College of Wisconsin, now at the Harvard School of Public Health), through a grant from the National Institutes of Health and the Cancer Research Institute.


1996 Undergraduate Student Satisfaction Survey

CLIENT

University of Wisconsin-Madison

DESCRIPTION

In all, 1,228 20-minute CATI interviews were completed with randomly selected University of Wisconsin-Madison undergraduates from February through April, 1996. The purpose of the study was to learn how the quality of undergraduate education can be improved. This was the 4th annual version of the survey, with this year's focus on advising, communications (e-mail), year abroad programs, community service and out-of-class experiences. The study was funded by UW-Madison through a Hilldale Fund grant.


Divorce Records and Accurate Self-Reports by Survey Mode

CLIENT

Dr. Larry Bumpass and Dr. Vaughn Call

DESCRIPTION

The purpose of this methodological study was to evaluate the relative quality of questionnaire, telephone, and personal interview data routinely collected in survey research. Funding was by The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. A total of 1,459 interviews were completed from August, 1995 through February, 1996. The overall response rate was 68% with 680 mail, 434 CATI, and 345 CAPI completes. Respondents were initially paid $10 to participate, and those who refused were switched to a different mode and offered $20. Sample was randomly drawn from Divorce Court records of selected Wisconsin counties in 1988 and 1993.


Intensive Rotational Grazing Study

CLIENT

UW College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

DESCRIPTION

The study purpose was to learn more about how farm families - both husband and wife - make decisions on grazing and non-grazing dairy farms. Funding was by the UW College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. From September, 1995 through March, 1996, 600 40 minute CATI interviews were completed. All registered dairy farms in Clark, Crawford and Taylor counties of Wisconsin were included in the sample. Screening was done to allow only married couples who were the sole decision makers of the farm to become eligible respondents.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Principal Investigator was Dr. Lydia Zepeda


Contingent Fee Study

CLIENT

Institute for Legal Studies

DESCRIPTION

The purpose of this mail survey was to collect reliable information on the realities of fees collected and work done by attorneys on a contingent basis. From October, 1995 through February, 1996, 511 questionnaires were completed. The sample was composed of the 2,050 Wisconsin attorneys listed with the State Bar Association, screened to include only those who do at least some contingent fee work, based on the outcome of a case. This research was conducted on behalf of the Institute for Legal Studies, with funding from the National Science Foundation.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: The Principal Investigator was Dr. Herbert Kritzer of the UW-Madison Political Science department and Law School. An article, "Holding Back The Floodtide: The Role Of Contingent Fee Lawyers" in the March, 1997 issue of Wisconsin Lawyer relies, in part, on analyses of these data. A description of the study, "The Wisconsin Contingent Fee Practice Study," is also available.


1995 Wisconsin Recycling Study

CLIENT

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

DESCRIPTION

This statewide RDD CATI project is a yearly study. It is the sixth in a series that has tracked the success of recycling in the state of Wisconsin since 1990. Results from this study are used to track the progress of the program and monitor future efforts. The data are reported to internal planners at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, to recycling officials across the state, to the state legislature, and to the governor. Approximately 500 interviews have been completed each year.

PROJECT DIRECTOR

John Stevenson


Study of the Wisconsin Vehicle Inspection Program

CLIENT

Wisconsin Department of Transportation

DESCRIPTION

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation funded this study to better understand how motorists are affected by the requirements of the 1990 amendments to the Federal Clean Air Act. These amendments required significant changes to the Vehicle Inspection Program (VIP) in southeastern Wisconsin. This mail survey asked about respondents' experiences and concerns with the VIP. A total of 2,281 completed questionnaires were returned. Follow-up studies have been conducted and will continue through 1997.


National BGH Study

CLIENT

UW-Madison faculty members Dr. Robin Douthitt and Dr. Lydia Zepeda

DESCRIPTION

1,910 computer-assisted telephone interviews were completed nationwide during the spring of 1995. The survey asked about respondents' experiences and opinions about Bovine Somatotropin (rBGH) and dairy products as well as Porcine Somatotropin (rPGH) and pork products. This was a USDA funded project.


The Foster Youth Transitions to Adulthood Study

CLIENT

UW faculty members Dr. Irving Piliavin and Dr. Mark Courtney

DESCRIPTION

This project examined the effects of the foster care system on young adults in Wisconsin. Field production of the first of three one hour computer-assisted personal interviews (CAPI) was completed during the spring of 1995. Interviewers with laptop computers completed a total of 142 interviews at the homes of the respondents. The second phase was completed in 1998. This second phase consisted primarily of re-interviewing those interviewed in 1995. The third and final wave of interviews will be completed in 1999.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: The full reports for Waves I and II of this study are available on the School of Social Work web site. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel published a story, "Children struggle when set free of foster care at 18, study says," based on this work on December 7, 1998.


The Wisconsin Longitudinal Study (WLS)

CLIENT

Dr. Robert Hauser

DESCRIPTION

This large and complex project involved three phases of interviews, each with a telephone and a mail component (a total of six stages). Dr. Robert Hauser, Vilas Professor of Sociology at UW-Madison, was the Principal Investigator of this project. This study was a reinterview of a sample that has been interviewed several times, beginning when the respondents were Wisconsin High School seniors in 1957, and then again in 1975. The most recent interviews were conducted from July of 1992 to the fall of 1994. The first major component involved both a telephone interview and a mail survey of 1957 Wisconsin high school seniors who completed a telephone interview during 1975. Telephone interviews (CATI) with 8,020 respondents were completed, averaging about one hour in length, in the first phase of this project. The response rate for this project was 92.3%. Following the telephone interview all respondents were sent a 20 page mail questionnaire. A total of 6,548 respondents returned the questionnaire.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: WLS data can be found at the WLS Data Archive, brought to you by the Data and Program Library Service (DPLS).


Wisconsin Consumer Atttitudes Regarding Acceptance of Food-Related Biotechnology

DESCRIPTION

Wisconsin is the leading dairy producing state in the nation. In 1989 and 1990 the issue of synthetic growth hormones used in the dairy industry was widely covered by the mass media. Wisconsin residents have been exposed to information from all sides of the issue. Therefore, they make an ideal population to study potential consumer response to the hormone's commercial use. Between February 26 and May 9 of 1990, a telephone survey was conducted to collect such information. A sample of 1,056 randomly selected households around the state was drawn. In each household an adult person (18 years or older) who made most of the household's food purchasing decisions was interviewed by telephone. Information about their awareness of bovine growth hormone (rBGH) and bovine somatotropin (BST) usage on dairy cows and their opinions on mandatory rBGH labeling was collected. They were also asked how the price increase in non-rBGH treated dairy products would affect their milk purchase. The response rate of the survey was 69.2 percent, and approximately 75 percent were women. The average respondent was 46 years old, had one year of education beyond high school, and lived in an urban county (population over 100,000).


Lake Michigan Sportfishing Survey

CLIENT

Rich Bishop, Bill Provencher, and Manuel de Gatos

DESCRIPTION

We are calling 645 anglers with fishing licenses in WI who go sportfishing in Lake MI, Lake Superior, and other inland sites in WI. We will be re-contacting respondents every two weeks to ask them about their fishing experiences since our last contact in order to learn about their experiences throughout the fishing season. The purpose of this study is to determine how much anglers value and are willing to pay for their fishing experiences.