Cold, Hard E-Cash: Distributing Survey Participation Incentives through Mobile Pay Applications

In recent years, the rising popularity of online surveys has led to a new set of challenges for survey researchers, particularly as it concerns the distribution of survey participation incentives. Traditionally, respondents receive monetary incentives via direct mail in the form of cash or check, but this approach poses a problem for members of online samples, whose residential addresses may not be available.

New study indicates poor health — not aging itself — decreases older Americans’ likelihood of voting

University of Wisconsin–Madison sociology professor Michal Engelman led the study, published Oct. 15 in the Journals of Gerontology: Series B, along with sociology graduate student Won-tak Joo, sociology Professor Jason Fletcher and political science Professor Barry Burden.

The study uses data from the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study, which Engelman directs. The WLS has followed more than 10,000 Wisconsin high school graduates since 1957, surveying them about once a decade. In addition to the original participants, the survey has interviewed their siblings and spouses and includes detailed data on wealth, physical and mental health, and a range of social activities.

New Research from UWSC Client Jenny Higgins and UW CORE on Abortion Health Care Access

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 Ken Croes to Co-Present “Conducting Focus Group Research or Stakeholder Activities in the New Virtual World”

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.

Wisconsin Longitudinal Study (WLS)

The Wisconsin Longitudinal Study (WLS) is very pleased to announce that a new round of interviews with Graduates and their selected Sibling will begin in July 2019 and continue until approximately 2024. As in past years, the University of Wisconsin Survey Center (UWSC) will be contacting participants for interviews.

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.