Fiona Weeks joins the UW Survey Center project direction team as a Project Director on February 13, 2023.
Fiona comes to the UWSC from a position as a Director of Maternal Child Health with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. She is also working to complete her PhD in Population Health at UW-Madison, which she expects to finish in the next year. We are so pleased to add her survey management experience and data management and analysis skills to our team at this time of growth here at UWSC!
The Executive Board of the Midwest Association for Public Opinion Research (MAPOR) named Faculty Director Jennifer Dykema as its newest MAPOR Fellow at its November 2022 meeting. MAPOR Fellows are MAPOR members who have significant contributions to MAPOR through contributions to the field of public opinion and survey research, who have provided outstanding service to the organization, or who have provided considerable mentorship to students and professionals in our field.
UW Survey Center (UWSC) Associate Director and current AASRO President John Stevenson presided over the 2022 Association of Academic Survey Research Organizations (AASRO) meeting. Center Directors from across the country met in September in Johnson City, Tennessee at East Tennessee State University to discuss current issues in managing academic survey research organizations (ASROs).
Please join us in congratulating UWSC Shift Leader & CAR student Jordyn Jenjak for winning the 2022 Alfred Reschke Award for Academic Excellence in Sociology. The scholarship award honors the late Alfred Reschke, a former student and assistant in the Sociology Department at UW-Madison and supports outstanding undergraduate students in the Department of Sociology at UW-Madison.
Brendan’s work encompasses all modes of data collection and touches every department at UWSC. His creation and support of the Project Operations Database (POD), management of the online ASM elections, and development and maintenance of numerous custom applications (among many other achievements) has played a critical role in making UWSC the successful organization it is today.
Please join us in congratulating our UWSC Associate Director, John Stevenson! John was awarded the 2022 John M. Kennedy Achievement award by the Association of Academic Survey Research Organizations (AASRO). Additionally, John was named the 2022-2023 AASRO President, where he will direct AASRO activities and preside over meetings.
UWSC Senior Project Director Ken Croes will moderate a panel on online focus groups for QUALPOR, the qualitative affinity group of the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR).
Principal Investigator, Lawrence Berger, and UWSC Faculty Director and Co-Investigator, Jennifer Dykema, have been awarded NICHD R01 for their work “Improving Data Collection of Debt and Financial Strain to Assess Health Impacts of Economic Insecurity.”
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.
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.