The Iowa Social Science Research Center (ISRC), in cooperation with the Public Policy Center and the University of Nebraska, Lincoln (UNL), awarded seven seed grants that provide funding for researchers to develop a full research protocol that provides access to the restricted-use microdata available through the Central Plains Research Data Center (CPRDC) housed at UNL. The University of Iowa is a member of the CPRDC consortium.
Receiving the seven awards are:
- Natoshia Askelson, Jason Daniel-Ulloa, and Nicole Novak from the Department of Community and Behavioral Health in the UI College of Public Health, for their project – “Health and Health Behavior in New Immigrant Destinations in the Midwest”
- Susan McKernan, Community and Preventive Dentistry in the UI College of Dentistry – “Use of US Census and Survey Micro-data to Examine Geographical Variation in Oral Health Outcomes”
- Phuong Nguyen-Hoang and Haifeng Qian, Urban and Regional Planning – “Does Tax Increment Financing Boost Firm Performance?”
- Nicole Novak, UI College of Public Health – “Population Health Across Urban-Rural County Classifications in the Midwest: Temporal Trends and the Influence of Local Economic Shocks”
- Qian Xiao, Health and Human Physiology / Epidemiology in the UI College of Public Health – “Neighborhood Characteristics and Sleep Behavior in the NHANES”
- Mahdi Eghbali, PhD candidate in Economics at the Henry B. Tippie College of Business – “The Efficiency of Federal Funds”
- Aparna Ingleshwar, PhD Candidate in Oral Science at the UI College of Dentistry – “Examining the Differential Impact of State Medicaid Expansions on Dental Care Access and Spending Outcomes: A Nationally Representative Analysis”
The Central Plains Research Data Center (CPRDC) provides researchers access to confidential micro-level data in finer detail than available in public use data sets. The CPRDC is a secure facility located at UNL and operated in cooperation with the U.S. Census Bureau, the National Center for Health Statistics, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), and other federal agencies.
The CPRDC seed grants may be used in a variety of ways, such as:
- Hire a student (e.g. undergraduate or graduate, biweekly or part of GA appointment) to assist in background research and proposal preparation.
- Salary support for the researcher to perform activities related to proposal preparation.
- Purchase data necessary to merge with CPRDC data, e.g., in order to combine existing data with lower-level geographic data available through the CPRDC one might need to purchase geographic identifiers not publicly available.