Although they are ubiquitous, a recent publication by UWSC researchers and collaborators calls to question the use of agree-disagree (AD) questions to measure attitudes and opinions. In “Towards a reconsideration of the use of use of agree-disagree questions in measuring subjective evaluations,” UWSC researchers provide a review and synthesis of research on the measurement properties and potential limitations of AD questions.
European Survey Research Association (ESRA) is pleased to announce that its 9th Conference will be held online on 2, 9, 16, and 23 July 2021 and UWSC will be there! In a video available on YouTube, Faculty Director Jennifer Dykema presents new work on “Using Results from Interviewer-Respondent Interaction to Improve the Design and Administration of Questions about Chronic Conditions.”
Check out the newly published “Understanding Survey Methodology: Sociological Theory and Applications” for results from a new UWSC study. The study examines how Black and White respondents answer questions about trust in medical researchers and participation in medical research.
Findings from a UW CORE study on how doctors view access to abortion will appear in the December issue of the American Journal of Public Health. With the help of the University of Wisconsin Survey Center (UWSC), the team sent 1,357 surveys to doctors in all specialties and received 913 responses between February and May 2019.
UWSC Senior Project Director Ken Croes and Gay Thomas, Director of Stakeholder Engagement with the Wisconsin Network for Research Support, will co-present about online research practices at an upcoming event of the University of Wisconsin Institute for Clinical and Translational Research Community-Academic Partnership Education Program.
UWSC Associate Director, John Stevenson, will be a featured panelist on AAPOR’s virtual workshop “Transitioning CATI to Remote Interviewing.” This workshop is a part of the COVID-19 Changes to Research Practices Workshop Series.
The network of Feeding Wisconsin food banks and pantries are partnering with researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison to gather information about how people are getting by these days.
While collecting high quality data from physicians is critical, response rates for physician surveys are frequently low. A proven method for increasing response in mail surveys is to provide a small, prepaid monetary incentive in the initial mailing. More recently, UWSC researchers have begun experimenting with adding a second cash incentive in a follow-up contact in order to increase participation among more reluctant respondents.
Incoming UW Survey Center Faculty Director, Jennifer Dykema, and outgoing Faculty Director, Nora Cate Schaeffer, review several decades of literature about how characteristics of survey questions affect the quality of survey data in a new paper in the Annual Review of Sociology, “Advances in the Science of Asking Questions.”
In August 2020, UWSC goes through a transition. Nora Cate Schaeffer, Faculty Director since 2003, will retire. Under Nora’s direction, the UW Survey Center has grown more than two-fold and dramatically increased both the …