Mercury Advisory Awareness Study

CLIENT

Bureau of Environmental Health, Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services

DESCRIPTION

The Mercury Advisory Awareness Study was a telephone survey of 1000 randomly selected women of childbearing age (18 to 45) in Wisconsin and Maine to determine their fish consumption habits and mercury advisory awareness. Approximately 500 interviews were targeted for each state. The overall response rate for the survey was 52.5%.

PROJECT DIRECTOR

Matt Sloan

DATE IN FIELD

July 2001 - October 2001

UW Madison Postdoctoral Scholar Survey

CLIENT

The Graduate School, UW-Madison

DESCRIPTION

The Postdoctoral Scholar Survey was conducted between August and October, 2001. This was a survey funded by the UW-Madison Graduate School to assess the postdoctoral experience on UW-Madison campus and to learn how it can be improved. CATI interviews were conducted with 461 UW-Madison postdoctoral scholars, which resulted in a 80.7% response rate. Survey questions pertained to various aspects of the postdoctoral experience, including mentorship, training needs, and overall satisfaction. The data collected will provide critical information for the Graduate School in designing an action plan that responds to the needs of postdoctoral scholars and faculty mentors on this campus. The report is available in PDF format: UW Madison Postdoctoral Survey Report

PROJECT DIRECTOR

Holly Yu

DATE IN FIELD

August 2001 - October 2001

Job Training and Productivity in Rural America

CLIENT

Professor Gary Green, Department of Rural Sociology, UW-Madison

DESCRIPTION

The "Job Training and Productivity in Rural America" study was a phone survey of 1590 Service and Manufacturing Industry businesses nation wide, with questions regarding employer training practices. The purpose of this study is to gather data about the training practices that are most used by these businesses, and which are effective, as well as the types of skills new hires typically possess. The purpose is to assist businesses in rural America develop better, more cost effective training programs for employees. The final response rate for this study was 57%.

PROJECT DIRECTOR

Kelly Elver

DATE IN FIELD

January 2001 - September 2001

2000 Sleep Cohort Study

CLIENT

Terry Young & Linda Evans, UW Department of Preventive Medicine

DESCRIPTION

The 2000 Sleep Cohort Study Survey was a mail survey of approximately 5000 former and current Wisconsin state employees. The 5 wave, 8 page mail out survey instrument asked questions about general health, and sleep behaviors and problems. Results of the survey will contribute to understandings of sleep and changes in sleep patterns over time.

PROJECT DIRECTOR

Kerryann DiLoreto

DATE IN FIELD

October 2000 - June 2001

Attitudes Toward Work Zone Safety

CLIENT

Department of Transportation

DESCRIPTION

In order to improve highway work zones across the state of Wisconsin, the UWSC performed three separate focus groups. These groups consisted of eight or nine respondents who were asked to discuss their attitudes toward work zone safety. The goal of this study is to obtain an accurate description of public perception toward work zones.

PROJECT DIRECTOR

Matt Sloan & Kelly Elver

DATE IN FIELD

July 2001

UW System Faculty/Instructional Staff Computing Survey

CLIENT

University of Wisconsin System

DESCRIPTION

The UW System Faculty/Instructional Staff Computing Survey was a web/mail combination survey, designed to collect information on computer and technology use by faculty and instructional staff at all UW campuses. 1400 Faculty and Instructional Staff at the University of Wisconsin System campuses were e-mailed the address of a web survey and asked to complete it. There were then 2 more e-mail reminders sent, and finally a paper copy of the survey was sent to all non respondents. Of the 899 responses, 737 or 82% resulted from the Web survey, and the rest, 162 or 18% resulted from the questionnaire mailing.

PROJECT DIRECTOR

Matt Sloan

DATE IN FIELD

January 2001 - April 2001

Senior Survey II for the Verbal Assessment Project

CLIENT

Professor Denise H. Solomon, Department of Communication Arts

DESCRIPTION

Telephone interviews were be conducted with 625 undergraduate seniors at the UW-Madison. This survey is a replication of the 1998 Senior Survey for the Verbal Assessment Project. This survey was funded by the UW Verbal Assessment Committee to evaluate students' attitudes and beliefs relevant to public speaking, writing and library use. The data will be compared to those collected in 1998 to assess the overall impact of the general education communication program on students' educational experiences and may help to improve future communication courses within the general education program. The response rate is available in PDF format here: here.

PROJECT DIRECTOR

Holly Yu

DATE IN FIELD

March 2001 - May 2001

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources ATV, Snowmobile and Boat Study

CLIENT

Dr. Ed Nelson, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Bureau of Science Services

DESCRIPTION

The Wisconsin DNR ATV, Snowmobile, and Boat Study was a three wave mail survey of approxmiately 23,000 Wisconsin, Illinois, and Minnesota residents. Respondents were of three types: ATV users, snowmobilers, and boaters. Respondents of each type were asked to give information about their gasoline consumption, and about their outdoor recreation experiences and practices. This information will be used to verify the formula for the transfer of gasoline excise taxes to the state outdoor recreation programs.

PROJECT DIRECTOR

Kerryann DiLoreto

DATE IN FIELD

September 1999 - May 2001

2000 Department of Natural Resources Forestry Study

CLIENT

Wendy McCown, Department of Natural Resources

DESCRIPTION

The 2000 DNR Forestry Study was an RDD phone survey of 500 Wisconsin residents. The purpose of this survey is to understand public opinion and perception of forestry and issues relating to Wisconsin Forestry practices. Results of the study will be used to develop statewide educational materials.

PROJECT DIRECTOR

Kerryann DiLoreto

DATE IN FIELD

November 2000 - May 2001