Wisconsin Farmers Retirement Study

Researchers at UW-La Crosse and UW-Madison are conducting the Wisconsin Farmer Retirement Study to learn more about how Wisconsin farmers are planning for the continuation of their farm and retirement or semi-retirement, as well as their interactions with the Social Security Administration.

Madison Area Lakes Water Quality Study

The Madison Area Lakes Water Quality Study aims to understand Dane County residents’ use of the Madison area lakes and their attitudes towards water quality. The study is being conducted by researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Participants were randomly selected from all addresses in Dane County.

City of Madison Parks and Open Space Plan Resident Study

The Madison Parks Division is updating the Park and Open Space Plan (POSP) for 2025-2030. This study seeks to learn about your thoughts about what you love most about Madison’s parks and open spaces, and what you would like to change. The purpose of the POSP is to serve as a long-range planning guide for decisions made by City Boards and Commissions, City agencies and staff. It is a tool used to guide decisions for a variety of park and open space issues such as city policies, park purchases, facility development, and park funding. The POSP is also required for Madison Parks to be eligible for Federal and State grants.


WisconSays is an online panel of adults from all over the state of Wisconsin who were scientifically selected to answer questions about their attitudes, experiences, and thoughts about important issues facing Wisconsin and the United States. In appreciation of their time and effort, WisconSays members receive points for completing surveys. These points are redeemed for electronic gift cards or cash. By participating in surveys, WisconSays members help researchers and others gain a better understanding of lives of Wisconsinites, including what they think about and what they care about.

Wisconsin Food Pantries

This study seeks to learn about the way food pantries in Wisconsin operate, their ability to meet the needs of pantry visitors, and their experiences with and impressions of The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP).

MIDUS: Midlife in the U.S. National Study of Health and Well-Being

The next round data collection for Midlife in the United States (MIDUS) is underway! The University of Wisconsin Survey Center (UWSC) is contacting participants about completing an interview by phone, through 2024. With the help of our participants, MIDUS is teaching us a great deal about the factors that influence health and well-being as people age from early adulthood to later life.

University of Chicago Chapin Hall releases new site exploring data of the UWSC-administered Midwest Young Adult (MYA) Study

Longtime UWSC client, Dr. Mark Courtney, with the University of Chicago Chapin Hall has released a new site exploring the data collected from the Midwest Evaluation of the Adult Functioning of Former Foster Youth, also known as the Midwest Young Adult (MYA) Study while it was administered by the UWSC in the early 2000s.