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Arab/Chaldean Behavior Risk Factor Surveillance Survey

On behalf of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHSS) OSR is conducting a BRFSS based study with Michigan Arab/Chaldean adults in both Arabic and English. This is the second time OSR has conducted this unique study. This survey is being conducted on both landline and cell phones.

Michigan Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey and the Asthma Callback Study

Since 1996, OSR has conducted the Michigan data collection for the national Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) on behalf of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The results are used by researchers to monitor the health of the state and nation, and to plan programs to improve the health and access to health care of residents. Since 2009, OSR has also conducted the Asthma Callback Study with BRFSS adult respondents who have asthma or who have a child with asthma. This is a statewide telephone survey involving both landline and cell phones. To see previous years reports and how the data are used in Michigan please click here.

PROST QA – Quality of Cancer Care Survey

A longitudinal study following prostate cancer patients’ quality life and the quality of care they received. The research team, led by Dr. Martin Sanda at Emory University in Atlanta, has been following patients since 2003. Results have been published in the New England Journal of Medicine and the Journal of the American Medical Association. The project has been funded with grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other sources. 

Saginaw Community Survey

Web and self-administered survey of residents to develop a better understand of neighborhoods, experiences with crime, and perceptions of police. Conducted on behalf of Dr. Edmund McGarrell and Dr. Chris Melde, School of Criminal Justice, Michigan State University and was funded by the National Institute of Justice.

American Board of Emergency Medicine – Longitudinal Survey of Emergency Physicians and the Longitudinal Study of Emergency Medicine Residents

Annual panel study of current and past emergency physicians designed to gather important information about the needs and changes in emergency medicine.  We are also conducting the baseline survey of newly recruited first-year EM residents regarding their residency experiences. OSR uses a mix-mode data collection approach, web and mail.

Weed Management Practices Among American Agricultural Producers

A multi-university research study designed to collect current information on weed management decision and practices from agricultural producers across the United States with specific focus on single and multi herbicidal resistant weeds. OSR is responsible for data collection using both a web-based and self-administered data collection approach.

The State of the State Survey (SOSS)

This is a quarterly study that is administered via telephone to approximately 1,000 Michigan adults on current public policy issues. It has been conducted since 1994, and over 70 rounds have been completed to date. More information about SOSS and full datasets from prior surveys are available on the SOSS website

Impact of Mandatory Paid Family Leave Polices on Small Businesses in the United States

In partnership with the Columbia School of Business, OSR surveys businesses in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut to assess the impact mandated paid leave policies have on businesses in the food and manufacturing sectors. OSR is currently using a multi-mode approach (web, paper, and telephone) to re-interview business that participated in 2014 and 2015 and add an additional sample of businesses in 2016.

Post Residency Assessment of Training (PRAT) – Council of Emergency Medicine Residency Directors

Annual web-based surveys of graduates of 170 emergency medicine residency programs across the United States and their employers to determine if graduating residents have attained proficiency in the ACGME General Competencies. The results are also used by individual programs to determine areas for improvement in training.

Michigan State University Institutional Research

The Office for Survey Research provides evaluation and research service to MSU’s Central Administrative Offices and to Deans, Directors, and Chairperson’s across all of MSU’s degree granting colleges. 

Evaluation of Michigan State University’s Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Prevention Programs

Web-based surveys with students, faculty, and staff to determine the effectiveness of the SAFE (Sexual Assault First-year Education) e-learning and SARV (Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence) Prevention Program for MSU students and the RVSM (Relationship Violence and Sexual Misconduct) Policy e-learning for MSU faculty and Staff. 

MSU Water Science Degree Program Student and Faculty Survey

The purpose of these surveys was to assess undergraduate and graduate student’s interest in the creation of a Water Science Degree Program at MSU as well as to gain insight from faculty as to what should be included in the program and to gauge faculty interest in participating in the formation and instruction of the degree.The web-based surveys were conducted on behalf of Professor Joan Rose, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife.

College of Education Degree Outcome Assessments: College of Education Graduating Seniors, Masters, and PHD.

On behalf of the Associate Dean of the College of Education, a series of exit surveys of yearly graduates across all majors and degree levels on the quality of their program.

College of Veterinary Medicine – Work Environment Survey

A college-wide web survey of faculty, staff, and students to assess specific aspects of the work environment, such as climate, diversity and civility to determine areas in need of improvement and to guide short, medium and long-term program and policy decisions. The survey will be conducted again in the spring of 2016.

Women’s Leadership Study

On behalf of the Office of the Provost, OSR conducted a web-based survey of all female tenure stream faculty at MSU to assess the leadership needs and interests of faculty and to assess challenges women face when aspiring to leadership roles.

Public Will

A statewide web survey of Michigan adults designed to gather opinions about timely social issues and to predict and explain conditions for social change. The research was conducted in partnership with Professor Frank Boster, College of Communication Arts and Sciences and Professor Charles T. Salmon, Chair, Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

University Services Customer Engagement Survey

Web-based survey designed to gauge the level of use and satisfaction among members of the MSU community related to services provided by University Services.

Residential Housing and Services (RHS) Employee Engagement

A division-wide employee engagement survey to identify areas in need of improvement and to assist RHS in creating short, medium and long-term goals. This was a mixed mode survey using both web and self-administered surveys.

Human Resources Customer Experience Survey

MSU Institutional Research — 2013 and 2015

A web-based multi-year study conducted on behalf of the Vice President for Human Resources to gauge the level of use and satisfaction of the MSU community related to services provided by Michigan State University’s Human Resources (HR) Department. 

Faculty Health Care Center Feasibility Study

A telephone survey of MSU faculty and academic specialists to evaluate interest in a university based faculty health care center.  Conducted on behalf of The Faculty Health Care Council.

Grand Traverse Bay Watershed

A web based survey of Michigan residents living in the Traverse Bay Watershed focusing on climate change and global warming. The research was conducted on behalf of Professor Patricia Norris, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife and funded through a Michigan Sea Grant.

Fisheries Management Practices and Policies: Wolf Management in Michigan

Web-based survey of Michigan adults to gather public opinions related to threats posed by wolves in Michigan and preferred responses to these threats. This research was conducted on behalf of Dr. Meredith Gore, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and Dr. Mark Axelrod, James Madison College and was funded by a Michigan Applied Public Policy Research Grant.

Fisheries Management Practices and Policies: Effect of Invasive Specifics in MI Great Lakes

Web-based survey using a purchased panel of Michigan adults to gather public opinions related to threats posed by Asian carp in Michigan’s Great Lakes and preferred responses to these threats. This research was conducted on behalf of Dr. Meredith Gore, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and Dr. Mark Axelrod, James Madison College and was funded by a Michigan Applied Public Policy Research Grant.

Breakfast on the Farm

A data entry project conducted on behalf of Professor Ted Ferris, Department of Animal Sciences. The purpose of this research is to evaluate the impact of this program as a way to inform and educate the public regarding food production and dairy farming.

Bio-energy Development in Michigan Counties

Web based survey of Michigan residents and key policy stakeholders on the impact of bio-energy development in Michigan communities and the economic and environmental impact of bio-energy facilities in Michigan. This research was conducted on behalf of Weston Easton, PhD Candidate in the Department of Sociology and Dr. Stephen Gasteyer, Department of Sociology at Michigan State University.

Tri-County Regional Affordable Housing Study

Web and self-administrated survey using an ABS targeted sample. The purpose of this study was to analyze existing housing conditions and needs in Clinton, Ingham, and Eaton Counties. This research was conducted on behalf of Dr. Suk-Kyung Kim, School of Planning, Design, and Construction and was funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Detroit Community Survey

Web and Self-Administered survey of Detroit residents to better understand neighborhood conditions, residents, and environments in the city of Detroit. This research was conducted on behalf of Dr.  Meghan Hollis, currently the Director of the Institute for Predictive and Analytic Policing Science at Tarleton State University.

Better Buildings for Michigan

A telephone survey of Michigan residents, in selected communities, to determine which factors influenced whether or not a household was willing to participate in an energy upgrade program. The Better Buildings for Michigan program was designed to create a sustainable energy efficiency market by providing outreach and education to increase demand, a skilled energy efficiency workforce to meet that demand, and the tools for lenders to make ongoing investments in energy efficiency in residential, commercial, industrial, and public buildings. The program was funded by a United Stated Department of Energy (DOE) grant.

Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS)

OSR collected the Michigan data for the national Pregnancy Risk Assessment and Monitoring System (PRAMS), designed and coordinated by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The results are used by researchers at CDC and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to find ways to improve the health and health behaviors of women during pregnancy and to improve birth outcomes and the care of infants.  

MSU Fall and Spring Celebration (Social Norms Campaign to Reduce At-Risk Drinking)

A series of web surveys of the MSU undergraduate student population examines perceptions and behaviors related to alcohol consumption, especially around particular celebratory events within the university calendar. It also examines students’ views on public service messages distributed as a part of the grant-funded effort to encourage safer drinking related behaviors. This project was awarded a U.S. Department of Education Excellence Award and a PACE award.

County and Community Level Behavior Risk Factor Surveillance Surveys

Macomb, Berrien, Livingston, and Calhoun Counties and the Thumb Regional Health Network. On behalf of local and regional health departments, OSR has conducted BRFSS type telephone surveys (landline and cell) to allow better regional and local estimates of health risks and behaviors that is not possible with state-wide level data.

LANDSCAPE: Early Algebra Completion

Education — 2012

A nation-wide web-based survey of school district personnel (principals, curriculum directors, and math department heads) focusing on the expectation that students will complete Algebra I by the end of 8th or 9th grade.This research was conducted on behalf of Professors Beth Herbel-Eisenmann and Michael Steele, College of Education, MSU and Professor Janine Remillard, University of Pennsylvania and funded by the National Science Foundation.

National Place Making Survey

A nation-wide web survey conducted in partnership with the Land Policy Institute at Michigan State University to better understand what kinds of places and activities people would like to see in their neighbors and communities.

Minority Population BRFSS Studies

OSR has conducted these specialized Behavior Risk Faculty Surveillance Surveys of minority populations due to the increased need to understand the unique health behaviors and needs of these population. The Arabic/Chaldean BRFSS was conducted in Arabic and English and the Hispanic BRFSS was conducted in both English and Spanish.

Michigan Post Higher Education Study

Education — 2017

The purpose of the 2017 Michigan Post Higher Education Study was to assist the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) in learning more about where Michigan’s recent college graduates go after graduation and what factors influence their decisions concerning where to live and start their careers.

See the report here (.pdf)