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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.

WisconSays

WisconSays is an online panel of adults from all over the state of Wisconsin who were scientifically selected to answer questions about their attitudes, experiences, and thoughts about important issues facing Wisconsin and the United States. In appreciation of their time and effort, WisconSays members receive points for completing surveys. These points are redeemed for electronic gift cards or cash. By participating in surveys, WisconSays members help researchers and others gain a better understanding of lives of Wisconsinites, including what they think about and what they care about.

Wisconsin Food Pantries

This study seeks to learn about the way food pantries in Wisconsin operate, their ability to meet the needs of pantry visitors, and their experiences with and impressions of The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP).

UWSC welcomes new Associate Director

The University of Wisconsin Survey Center (UWSC) has completed a national search for a new Associate Director, and have selected Kelly Elver to serve as the UWSC’s next Associate Director. Kelly is taking over for John Stevenson who retires in July after 29 years at UWSC! Kelly is only the third Associate Director in the UWSC’s 36-year history.

UWSC Presents at 2023 AAPOR Conference

John Stevenson presented at the conference on recent experiments conducted by UWSC regarding how different types and amounts for a survey post-incentive impact participation, cost and data quality when varied for an undergraduate and graduate student climate survey.