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.

La Follette and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel partner to highlight what matters to Wisconsin with UWSC’s WisconSays Panel

The La Follette School of Public Affairs and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel are collaborating to share insights on how Wisconsinites feel about important policy topics through a yearlong project called the Main Street Agenda. The WisconSays/La Follette Survey being used for the Main Street Agenda is a subset of the new WisconSays opinion panel based out of the UW-Madison Survey Center.

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.

New publication by team that includes UWSC researchers describes how they adapted to the challenges of COVID-19 to recruit hard-to-reach population

The COVID-19 pandemic introduced challenges for conducting research, particularly for studies that use community-based sample generation strategies to recruit hard-to-reach populations. In a recently published “In-Brief Note” in the AAPOR online journal Survey Practice, UWSC staff members Graduate Assistant Jacob Boelter and Senior Project Director Ken Croes teamed up with University of Wisconsin–Madison Institute for Research on Poverty Research Scientist Lisa Klein Vogel and University of Wisconsin–Madison Sociology Doctoral Candidate Alexis M. Dennis to describe how they adapted their studies’ recruitment strategies to accommodate the manifold effects of social distancing of COVID-19.