Research

Current Projects

  • Health Assessment and Research for Communities (HARC) 2019: This repeat customer and BRFSS-like project seeks to learn the health-related behaviors, attitudes, and needs (present and future) of 2,500 randomly selected landline and cellular respondents (interviews conducted in English and Spanish). For this community of sharply divided "haves" and "have nots," this survey seeks to provide important information in predicting the Coachella Valley's present and future healthcare needs. Of the 2,500 completed interviews, 500 are "child by proxy" interviews in which the most knowledgeable adult is asked questions about the child selected for interview.
  • Early Learning Welborn: This survey seeks to learn more about childcare practices for households with Pre-K children in both Vanderburgh and Warrick counties in Indiana. This study is being conducted for the Welborn Baptist Foundation in Evansville, IN, a repeat customer.
  • Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) for the State of IndianaThis 2-year study, funded by the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is being conducted on behalf of the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH). PRAMS was originally developed by the CDC in 1987 as a strategy of informing measures to reduce infant mortality rates. Drawing from the extensive work of Don Dillman on mail survey methodology for primary data collection as well as our phone survey expertise for follow-up interviews, the SRL is gathering vital health and wellness information about recent mothers and their infants. In the words of the SRL, "PRAMS makes the world a better place, one mom at a time."
  • Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) for the State of Maryland: This multi-year study, funded by the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is being conducted on behalf of the Maryland Department of Health (MDH). PRAMS was originally developed by the CDC in 1987 as a strategy of informing measures to reduce infant mortality rates. The SRL is gathering vital health and wellness information about recent mothers and their infants via follow-up phone interviews.
  • Assessing Citizens' Attitudes toward Law Enforcement - II: As a follow-up to the 2015 project the SRL conducted for the Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services, this telephone survey of 1,000 adults in the State of Ohio examines attitudes residents hold toward local law enforcement and law enforcement in general. This project also has a 1,000 adult respondent online panel survey assessing media messages.

 

Recent Unique Online Panel Surveys

  • Vegan Identity: This study expands upon traditional Structural Identity Theory by investigating a counter-normative identity, the vegan identity. Respondents were asked to report how strongly they held and how frequently they activated their vegan identity, as well as how they believed others view vegans. In addition to a panel sample, a second version of this study was conducted using vegans who were part of a vegan social media group in order to investigate the impact of an online presence on the vegan identity.
  • Multiple Identities: This survey examines the intersection of three normative and three counter-normative identities within the theoretical framework of structural identity theory.
  • Collective Memories: This survey examines White American collective memories regarding depictions of Black slavery in U.S. history.  Implications for modern race relations are also examined.
  • Environmental Justice Issues: This survey explores environmental justice perceptions among Black U.S. residents and how these perceptions and environmental justice behaviors affect respondents’ immediate social environment.
  • Attitudes toward Law Enforcement: This survey examines White, Black, and Hispanic American adult attitudes and perceptions of the U.S. legal system and law enforcement.  Additionally, modern media portrayals of law enforcement as well as respondent news outlet preferences are explored.
  • Public’s views of Physical and Mental Illness: This survey explores social constructions, perceptions, and stigmas of chronic concealable illnesses among U.S. residents. Importantly, the survey examines perceptions of both physical and mental illnesses separately.

 

Notable Past Projects

  • City of Ravenna Parks and Recreation Department Survey
  • Paths to Quality Study
  • Early Learning Indiana (ELI) Services Assessment
  • National Child Care Provider Study
  • Health Assessment Resource Center (HARC) - Coachella Valley, CA
  • Family Identity and Adoption
  • National Study of Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) Judges
  • National Perceptions of Out-of-Hospital Emergency Medical Services in the United States
  • The Effect of Distress on Social Roles
  • Potential Identity Models for the GSS
  • Stigmatized Identities
  • The IDEAL Faculty Climate Survey
  • Assessing Citizens’ Attitudes toward Law Enforcement (Ohio Criminal Justice Services)
  • RAPID: Capturing Behavioral Response and Perceived Risk to Ebola Using Social Media, NSF rapid grant
  • Welborn Baptist Foundations’ Tri-State Health Survey
  • Indiana Association for Child Care Resource and Referral
  • Kent State University Alumni Surveys
  • Developmental Disabilities Council of Ohio, Wait List Survey
  • Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services, Stark County Gambling Survey
  • Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services, Montgomery County Gambling Survey
  • Injury Prevention Motor Vehicle Policy Survey, for the Ohio Department of Health