ISRC Current Studies

The following are studies that the Iowa Social Science Research Center is currently supporting: 

 

Study Name
Working Parents and Childcare during the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Pandemic

Primary Investigator
Mary C. Noonan

Who to Contact with Questions
mary-noonan-1@uiowa.edu

Description of Project
The purpose of this project is to examine how working parents managed the care of their children in the context of day care and school closures associated with the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S.  The first objective is to collect nationally representative survey data on a sample (n=1,500) of working parents during late April 2020, approximately one month after most day cares and schools closed. The second objective is to use these data to provide a rigorous, sociological understanding of how the COVID-19 pandemic altered working parents’ childcare arrangements and their time spent on core daily activities.

 

Study Name
Use of Genetic Information by Life, Long-term Care, and Disability Insurers. This project includes two surveys under the NIH-funded study; the surveys’ titles are: 1) Knowledge of federal genetic anti-discrimination laws; and 2) informed consent language and privacy concerns

Primary Investigator
Anya Prince

Who to Contact with Questions
Anya Prince: anya-prince@uiowa.edu

Description of Project 
These surveys aim to assess the public’s knowledge of genetic discrimination laws and to assess whether informed consent language alters the public’s perceptions of privacy related to a genomics research project. The studies will survey the general public via a Qualtrics panel.

Project Websiite: https://ilg.course.uiowa.edu

 

Study Name
Polk County Health Services Annual Assessment

Primary Investigator
David Klein, Ph.D.

Who to Contact with Questions
Dr. Davide Klein, david-klein@uiowa.edu

Description of Project
For more than a decade, Polk County Health Services (PCHS) has enlisted a third-party, a research team at the University of Iowa, to collect and analyze data from program participants and their family members or other concerned others. The Iowa Social Science Research Center (ISRC) provides the telephone and in-person data collection services for this annual undertaking. Survey respondents answer questions about their experiences and the success of their services. The resultant data is shared with both Polk County and the service provider to evaluate provider performance, determine future support, and detect inadequacies, if any exist. Information attained is confidential and helps to inform agency decision-making and funding.  

 

Study Name
Measuring Fluency in Aphasia

Primary Investigator
Jean K. Gordon

Who to Contact with Questions: Jean K. Gordon, jean-k-gordon@uiowa.edu

Project Description 
We are investigating the reliability of fluency classifications in aphasia, and the factors which contribute to judgements about fluency.

Related Research on Aphasia by Dr. Gordon
https://obermann.uiowa.edu/news/lost-language-found

 

Study Name
Success and Luck

Primary Investigator
Michael Sauder, PhD

Who to Contact with Questions: Michael Sauder, 319-335-0366

Project Description 
The purpose of this study is to gain an understanding of how people think about success and getting ahead in the United States today. It explores what role, if any, luck has in the way people talk about success.

Project or PI/Contact’s Web Sitehttps://clas.uiowa.edu/sociology/people/michael-sauder

 

Study Name
Farm Safety Study

Primary Investigator
Dr. Marizen Ramirez

Project Description
The Farm Safety project underway in the state of Iowa in 2019 has been commissioned by the Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health. Through this study, University of Iowa is seeking to understand what characteristics of a farm make it more safe or less safe for its employees.  The University of Iowa Social Science Research Center (ISRC) will be placing telephone calls to row crop farm owners/operators in pre-determined areas across the state to ask if they are interested and willing to schedule a farm visit.

Project Website
https://gpcah.public-health.uiowa.edu/surveillance-workers-compensation/