ISRC Current Studies

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

 

Study Name
Hawkeye Poll – Spring 2021

Primary Investigator
Frederick J. Boehmke

Who to Contact with Questions
Frederick J. Boehmke

Description of Project
The Hawkeye Poll is part of the teaching/learning mission of the University as well as a rigorously designed public opinion polling operation. The Poll provides a platform for academic research on political and public policy topics, including elections, policy issues, and attitudes and beliefs about Iowa and the national political/public policy environment. UI students get experience in survey research that connects to their academic work as they serve as trained callers and work with results in their classes.

 

The Hawkeye Poll will be conducted using both a web-based survey and a telephone data collection effort.

Project or PI/Contact’s Web Site
http://ppc.uiowa.edu/isrc/services/hawkeye-poll
https://clas.uiowa.edu/polisci/research/hawkeye-poll

 

Study Name
North Liberty Food Pantry Community Survey

Primary Investigator
Kaila Rome, Executive Director, North Liberty Food Pantry

Who to Contact with Questions
Kaila Rome, director@northlibertycommunitypantry.org

Description of Project
The North Liberty Food Pantry is conducting a community survey of current and past pantry customers to assess usage and needs related to services, and to develop a new strategic plan. The Iowa Social Science Research Center is assisting the North Liberty Food Pantry with deployment of the survey.

Project or PI/Contact’s Web Site
https://northlibertycommunitypantry.org

 

Study Name
Polk County Health Services Annual Assessment

Primary Investigator
David Klein, Ph.D.

Who to Contact with Questions
Dr. 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
Building a Bridge: Providing Support and/or Care for Those Diagnosed with Dementia

Primary Investigator
Sato Ashida

Who to contact with questions
sato-ashida@uiowa.edu

Description of Project
The Building a Bridge project aims to improve the health of caregivers (those providing care and/or support) of people newly diagnosed with dementia. It is a clinical trial, testing an intervention intended to connect individuals providing support and/or care with option counseling about services available in their community and health education. There will be approximately 100 participants in this study, who will participate in three surveys at baseline, three months, and 6 months.

 

Study Name
Examining the Role of Agricultural Cooperatives in Protecting Farmers’ Mental Health  (Working Title: Farmers’ Stress and Health)

Primary Investigator
Yanni Liang 

Who to Contact with Questions
Yanni Liang at yanni-liang@uiowa.edu

Description of Project
Researchers from The University of Iowa invite co-op and non-co-op farmers to participate in a research study that examines whether resources provided by co-ops and farmer-support organizations and social support impact stress and symptoms of depression. Farmers completing a 20-30 minutes phone survey will receive a $15 check. The survey will ask about demographic, type of farming, services and activities offered by co-ops and farmer support entities (such as farmer groups, extension offices, and government agencies), social support, and symptoms of stress and depression. 

PI/Researcher’s Department Web Site
https://www.public-health.uiowa.edu/oeh/

 

Study Name
Medication Empowerment & Deprescribing for Safety (MEDS) Study

Primary Investigator
Carri Casteel MPH PhD and Korey Kennelty PharmD MS PhD 

Who to Contact with Questions
Carri Casteel- 319-384-4388 

Description of Project
The purpose of the study is to learn how to prevent falls among adults 65+ years of age by identifying medications that increase the risk for a fall. As part of MercyOne’s commitment to improving patient care, your provider is working with the University of Iowa Colleges of Pharmacy and Public Health on this study.  

Project Web Site   
https://www.public-health.uiowa.edu/people/carri-casteel/
https://pharmacy.uiowa.edu/directory/person/korey-kennelty

 

Study Name
Environmental Health in Iowa Schools

Primary Investigator
Brandi Janssen

Who to Contact with Questions
brandi-janssen@uiowa.edu

Description of Project This project is part of the Superfund Research Center’s Community Engagement core  to better understand barriers and facilitators to improving environmental health in schools and to gauge participants’ interest in serving on an advisory board about this topic. We will be interviewing Superintendents, Teachers, and Building & Grounds staff within the Iowa School district.