CAPI Capabilities

The UWSC and its staff are also experienced in Computer-Assisted Personal Interviewing (CAPI). UWSC has been involved in several projects with CAPI components, including the National Survey of Families and Households, the Midwest Young Adult (MYA) Study the Life Events and Satisfaction Study, and the Survey of the Health of Wisconsin (SHOW) .

The MYA study is an ongoing longitudinal study of over 800 minors and young adults spread over 3 states. MYA required that the UWSC follow a sample at a very mobile time in their lives. This study involved interviewing respondents incarcerated in jails and prisons as well as minor respondents and handling all the legal consent issues involved. In the Life Events and Satisfaction Study the UWSC gathered data on education, employment, marriage and remarriage and overall life satisfaction. The UWSC has also programmed the data collection instruments and sample management tools used in SHOW.

The UWSC uses CASES programming and laptop computers for these projects. The UWSC typically manages all aspects of CAPI projects, including hiring, training and supervising CAPI interviewers, programming, sample distribution and collection, incentives, and data collection and delivery. The UWSC has also successfully collaborated with clients on projects where UWSC peforms some of these tasks and the client or another organization performs others.