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Community Assets / Community Health (CA/CH)
The Community Assets/Community Health (CA/CH) project is a new research effort designed to address the challenges that many rural communities experience when it comes to the provision of effective and efficient health care during uncertain economic times.  Researchers at Iowa State University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service have chosen 150 rural communities in 9 states to help identify at a grassroots level how the unique assets of individual communities can contribute to strengthening local health care.  (Click HERE for more information.)

Family and Community Health Study (FACHS)
The Family and Community Health Study (FACHS) is a longitudinal research study of close to 900 African-American families living in Iowa and Georgia, which focuses on the influences that family processes and community characteristics have on child development.  The study hopes to determine if a strong family dynamic can protect a child from risks associated with life in a disadvantaged community, or if a strong community can protect a child from the negative influences of a family experiencing problems.

Iowa Department of Education (1-Year Follow-up)
The Iowa Department of Education (DOE) has been tracking the experiences of Iowa’s high school seniors as they transition from secondary school into adulthood.  The information gathered has been used to improve the transition out of high school for Iowa students both with and without Individualized Education Programs (IEPs).  As a part of that effort, Iowa State University’s Survey Research Services (SRS) conducts a series of 1-year follow-up telephone interviews with a sample of these high school seniors.

Iowa Seat Belt Use
In an effort to achieve greater consistency and comparability in state-wide seat belt use reporting, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued new requirements in 2011 for observing and reporting future seat belt use.  The Iowa Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau contracted with Iowa State University’s Survey Research Services (SRS) in 2011 to develop the study design and data collection plan for the State of Iowa annual survey that would meet the new requirements of the NHTSA.  Since 2012, SBRS has been responsible for conducting the annual Iowa Seat Belt Use observations and counts for GTSB reporting.

PROSPER stands for PROmoting School-community-university Partnerships to Enhance Resilience.  The purpose of the PROSPER project is to promote the development of sustainable partnerships among schools, communities and universities, in order to facilitate the delivery of scientifically-tested interventions designed to reduce adolescent substance use and other problem behaviors, and promote youth life skills. This longitudinal project is being conducted in Iowa and Pennsylvania.  (Click HERE for more information.)


SRS routinely conducts a wide range of web surveys for Iowa State University administration, departments, and affiliated units.  A selection of recent surveys is listed below:

ŸŸ• ISU Student Experience Survey (2013)
• ISU Faculty Activity Survey of Hours Worked (biennial)
• ISU Graduate Student and Post-Doctoral Research Associate Scholarly
Activity Survey  (2013)
• ISU Library User Survey (2012)
• ISU Faculty Exit Survey (ongoing)
• ISU Grant-Writing Workshop Follow-up Survey (2013)
• EPSCoR Newsletter Readership Survey (2013)

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Capable Families and Youth (CaFaY)
Initiated in 1997 and completing data collection in 2013, the Capable Families and Youth (CaFaY) project was a longitudinal study of theory-based interventions targeting rural youth at risk for substance abuse problems.  The project examined the effectiveness of combining school and family programs designed to strengthen families, prevent youth problems, and enhance youth life skills.

Child Support Recovery Unit (CSRU)
Iowa’s Child Support Recovery Unit (CSRU) contracted with ISU’s Survey Research Services (SRS) to conduct a series of telephone interviews with a sample of CSRU customers.  The goal of the project was to understand customer satisfaction with the current CSRU system and to explore ways of using the CSRU website and other options to address the needs of CSRU customers more effectively and efficiently.

Land Ownership
The Land Ownership Project (A Study of Iowa Farmland Ownership Patterns) conducted in 2012 was the eighth in a series of land ownership studies conducted by Iowa State University over the past 60 years.  The study is now conducted every 5 years, using an area sample designed to identify characteristics of Iowa farmland owners as well as changes in the size of agricultural land holdings, land use, and types of ownership.

Physical Activity Measurement Study (PAMS)
The Physical Activity Measurement Study (PAMS) was designed to obtain and compare the responses of 24-hour physical activity recall interviews with an objective measure of physical exertion.  By comparing the two types of data, researchers could develop measurement error models for energy expenditure and different types of physical activity, enabling future research to more accurately estimate people’s physical activity.

Smoking Cessation
Researchers from the University of Iowa College of Medicine and College of Public Health contracted with Iowa State University’s Center for Survey Statistics and Methodology (CSSM) to conduct follow-up telephone interviews with patients in Veterans Hospitals who volunteered to participate in a smoking cessation program.  The project’s goal was to help improve the delivery of smoking cessation guidelines to hospitalized veterans.

Youth & Rural Community
Much of the research related to alcohol use by adolescents has been conducted in large cities/towns.  The Youth and Rural Community Project focused on alcohol use among adolescents in rural areas and towns.  Twenty-three small rural communities in North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and Wyoming were selected to be included in the study.  The questions focused on their community and their opinions about alcohol use by adults and adolescents.

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