2000 Undergraduate Student Satisfaction Survey

CLIENT

University of Wisconsin - Madison

DESCRIPTION

This was the 7th 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 1108 randomly selected University of Wisconsin-Madison undergraduates in March and April, 2000. The purpose of the study was to learn how the quality of undergraduate education can be improved. Special topics in this year's survey included: issues of social integration; pedigogical issues out-of-classroom learning and activities; and perceptions of advisors' roles.

PROJECT DIRECTOR

Dr. James A. Sweet


WISCATS II

CLIENT

Professor Joy Newmann, Dept. of Social Work, UW-Madison

DESCRIPTION

This survey was designed to assess Wisconsin consumers of alcohol and drug abuse treatments evaluations of the services they have received and to develop a consumer-oriented measure that can be used in the evaluation of services to public sector clients. Interviews were conducted in person using computer assisted personal interviewing (CAPI) technology by the Women and Mental Health Study Site of Dane County. The UWSC assisted in instrument development and programming for this project and conducted a CAPI pretest of 19 consumers. The UWSC will provided consulting services to the Women and Mental Health Study Site during data collection and cleaned and delivered the final data set.

PROJECT DIRECTOR

Debra Wright

DATE IN FIELD

Fall 1999 - November 2000


Conversations in the Workplace & Everyday Life

CLIENT

Diane Mutz & Jeff Mondak

DESCRIPTION

This study was done to learn more about how people become informed about public policies, the government and controversial issues. We were also interested in how people form social networks- for example, who talks to whom about what. In particular, we wanted to learn more about the types of informal conversations about these issues (e.g. government, public policies, controversial issues etc) that take place in social or family settings and the work place.

PROJECT DIRECTOR

Lina Guzman

DATE IN FIELD

June 2000 - November 2000


2000 Retail Tobacco Compliance Check Survey

CLIENT

Gary Nelson; Dept. of Health & Family Services

DESCRIPTION

The Department of Health and Family Services asked the UWSC to take part in a national survey which is performed each year. The survey is designed to check the prevalence of tobacco sales to underage consumers state by state by visiting 850 different stores across Wisconsin that are licensed to sell tobacco.

PROJECT DIRECTOR

Sean Kelly

DATE IN FIELD

June 2000 - Nov 2000


Study of UW Medical School Graduates

CLIENT

Michael Fleming and Linda Manwell, UW Medical School, Subcommittee of the Medical School Academic Planning Council

DESCRIPTION

The UW Medical School assessed its undergraduate program in Spring 2000. An important part of this process is talking to Medical School graduates about their educational and work experiences. This was done through telephone interviews with approximately 750 graduates. The results of this project will help provide valuable information about the UW Medical School that will be used to enhance its programs.

PROJECT DIRECTOR

Kerryann DiLoreto

DATE IN FIELD

March 2000 - October 2000


College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) Gender Climate Survey

CLIENT

Murray Clayton, chair of the CALS Equity and Diversity Committee

DESCRIPTION

The UWSC conducted a mail survey of 200 academic staff and 107 faculty in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) for the CALS Equity and Diversity Committee. The purpose of the project was to help understand the current climate for faculty and academic staff in CALS and to identify potential gender bias in the experiences of males and females. Mailing included three full mailings and a reminder postcard. The response rate for female faculty was 85.4%, for male faculty it was 84.8%. For female academic staff the response rate was 82.8% and for male academic staff it was 76.1%. The overall response rate for faculty and academic staff combined was 81.2%.

PROJECT DIRECTOR

Debra Wright

DATE IN FIELD

Spring 2000 - Sept 2000


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 is now being completed.

PROJECT DIRECTOR

Debra Wright

DATE IN FIELD

Sept 1999 - August 2000


The Barriers to Employment at Wisconsin Businesses Study

CLIENT

The Wisconsin Council on Children and Families

DESCRIPTION

"The Barriers to Employment at Wisconsin Businesses" is a phone survey of 500 Wisconsin businesses, with questions regarding the hiring practices. The purpose of this study is to gather data about the skills and background generally desired by employers in order to determine the barriers to employment that need to be overcome for individuals seeking work in the state of Wisconsin.

PROJECT DIRECTOR

Lina Guzman

DATE IN FIELD

March 2000 - August 2000


Couples and Health

CLIENT

Linda Roberts, Dept of Child and Family Studies, UW-Madison

DESCRIPTION

This mail survey was designed to screen and recruit potential participants for future research projects regarding alcohol use and and marital functioning. The UWSC assisted in the development of a 2 page survey designed to gather pertinent data for sample selection. Mailings to the first half of a random sample of 4000 Dane County residents included a full mailing with cover letter, survey and reply envelope. One thousand of these participants received a reminder postcard in addition to the full mailing. Based on higher response rates for the postcard group, full mailings and reminder postcards were sent to all of the additional 2000 residents. The UWSC also sorted returned questionnaires by eligibility criteria before delivering to the client.

PROJECT DIRECTOR

Debra Wright

DATE IN FIELD

August 1999 - July 2000


Reno Water Use Study

CLIENT

Craig Trumbo; Department of Agriculture Journalism at the University of Wisconsin - Madison

DESCRIPTION

This study was a two wave CATI study of water use in Reno Nevada. The fist wave of interviews were conducted in the summer of 1998 with re-interviews in the summer of 2000 (n=400). This sample was supplemented with an RDD sample selected from the same area for a total sample size of 1900. At time 2 the name sample response rate was 65% and the RDD sample response rate was 45%.

PROJECT DIRECTOR

Debra Wright

DATE IN FIELD

March 2000


2000 Substance and Alcohol Abuse Services Evaluation

CLIENT

Michael Quirke; Department of Health & Family Services

DESCRIPTION

This study consisted of an evaluation of clients that visited a facility for substance or alcohol abuse in the past six months. The respondents were questioned on their experiences at the facility and their experiences since the visit. The UWSC performed 150 paper and pencil interviews (PAPI) over the phone for this project.

PROJECT DIRECTOR

Lina Guzman

DATE IN FIELD

Feb 2000


Wisconsin Works (W-2) Evaluation Study

DESCRIPTION

This was an evaluation of Wisconsin's welfare reform system, Wisconsin Works, which has replaced the state's welfare program. Funded by the state of Wisconsin and the federal government, this project seeks to evaluate the impact of some of the significant changes in this service delivery system. The project consisted of three phases: cognitive interviews (completed in 1998), a mixed-mode (CATI/CAPI) survey of 4,000 participants (1999), and re-interviews in the year 2000 (CATI/CAPI).

PROJECT DIRECTOR

Matt Sloan


Mirror Lake State Park\Dell Creek Wildlife Area Expansion Survey

CLIENT

DNR

DESCRIPTION

For this study, the UWSC conducted a mail survey in which landowners were questioned about their attitudes toward a proposed expansion of state land in the Mirror Lake area. Five hundred and sixteen mail surveys were sent out to people living within or adjacent to the land that was part of the proposed expansion of the Mirror Lake State Park & Dell Creek Wildlife Area.

PROJECT DIRECTOR

Lina Guzman

DATE IN FIELD

March 2000