UWSC (Re)presenting at MAPOR

John Stevenson, Jennifer Dykema, Nora Cate Schaeffer, and Vicki Lein will represent the University of Wisconsin Survey Center at the 2018 Midwest Association for Public Opinion Research (MAPOR) Annual Conference in Chicago this month. The theme for this year’s conference is “Embracing a Diverse Future in Public Opinion Research” and UWSC will be participating in several capacities at the conference.

UWSC investigator Katherine Magnuson featured in “Fueling Discovery,” in the Wisconsin State Journal.

 Katherine Magnuson, Professor of Social Work and Associate Director of the Institute For Research on Poverty, has conducted research about early child care, working with UWSC. Professor Magnuson and her work were recently featured in the special supplement to the Wisconsin State Journal sponsored by the College of Letters and Science.

Wave 3 of CalYOUTH Study Final Report Released

In 2017, UWSC conducted Wave 3 of the CalYOUTH study, surveying 616 21-year-old youth. This study follows up on surveys of the same young people when they were approaching the age of majority in California’s foster care system at age 17 and again when they were 19 years old. Similar to Waves 1 and 2, the study collected data on a wide range of youth outcomes in in areas such as physical and mental health, education and employment, and relationships and families.

Improving the Quality of Your Survey Research: Data Collection Tips from Seasoned Professionals

ICTR CAP Ed & UW Survey Center will be offering a workshop on June 28, 2018. At this event, Survey Center Associate Director John Stevenson and Distinguished Scientist and Senior Survey Methodologist Dr. Jennifer Dykema will discuss the resources the center brings to campus, how to use these resources, and how to enhance your grant applications by adding their expertise.

Response option order and scale orientation effects on the web-based measurement of self-rated health

While self-rated health (SRH) is widely used to study health across a range of disciplines, little research examines how features of its measurement in surveys influence respondents’ answers and the overall quality of the resulting measurement. To address these shortcomings, UWSC researchers and Dana Garbarski (Loyola University Chicago) examined how response option order and scale orientation affect responses in an online experiment.