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).

Longitudinal Study of Generations (LSOG)

The Longitudinal Study of Generations is contacting previous participants and inviting the fifth generation of participating families into the study. For over 50 years the Longitudinal Study of Generations has been exploring how families transmit culture, values, and beliefs across multiple generations. Researchers are interested in how interfamily relationships affect values, beliefs, health, and well-being over time. The University of Wisconsin Survey Center is honored to administer this important study.