ISRC Current Studies

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

Johnson County Direct Assistance Program Evaluation Survey

Primary Investigator
David Frisvold

Who to Contact with Questions

Cassidy Branch:

Description of Project
Johnson County's Direct Assistance Program provides randomly selected eligible applicants/residents with direct payments. This project will evaluate the influence of the cash assistance on a variety of outcomes. More information can be found at: 

Medicaid New Enrollee Data Collection Project 2023-24

Primary Investigator
Betsy Momany Ph.D.

Who to Contact with Questions
Grace Bao (

Description of Project This data collection effort seeks to study recent enrollees of the Medicaid program in the state of Iowa. Researchers seek to learn about barriers to enrollment as well as preconceptions of participation.  More information can be found at:

Dental Wellness Plan Provider Survey   

PI: Julie Reynolds DDS, MS

Who to Contact with Questions: &

Description of Project: The purpose of this study is to evaluate the provider's perspective of the state dental insurance program, the Dental Wellness Plan. Survey topics will include access to care, quality of care, costs, provider network adequacy, and member outreach and referral services. The information from this study will be used to evaluate the Dental Wellness Plan, an innovatively designed dental insurance program for low-income adults.

Emergency Preparedness and Support for Caregivers of Persons with Dementia

PI: Dr. Sato Ashida

Who to Contact with Questions:

Description of Project: ISRC will conduct phone interviews and recruitment for the Caregivers of Family

Members with Dementia. For part of this project, the ISRC will recruit members by phone. For the other

part of the study ISRC will conduct phone interviews with approximately 143 respondents within 7-10

days after recruitment once they have received their packet (mailed out by client). The ISRC will then

conduct follow up interviews after 3 months and after 6 months.