Survey Report Publications

Projects completed by the Survey Research Center are categorized in the seven main areas described below. View full reports (statistical analysis of the data, executive summary and full write-up of survey results) for surveys completed in each category by clicking on the category title, then on the specific report of interest.

Agricultural Projects

A variety of survey projects have been completed about current agricultural issues.  Some examples include:

  • Farmland preservation surveys for Calumet, Eau Claire, Marathon, Polk, Ozaukee, and St. Croix Counties.
  • A survey focused on farmer's markets to try to identify barriers preventing residents from using these markets.
  • A survey to help assess the market for Wisconsin farm-raised walleye using new technologies.
  • A study to gain a greater understanding of the volume, frequency, and current disposal methods of agricultural and boat wrap plastic in the State of Wisconsin in order to attract and retain plastic recycling facilities.
  • A survey to gather information about production, revenues, costs, and visitors at wineries and cideries in the state of Wisconsin.  
  • A survey to understand how, why, and where Wisconsin farmers are investing off the farm (and) what sort of educational programs would help producers to set goals and invest more effectively.

Comprehensive Plans

These surveys gather residents’ input on issues affecting the future of land use in their community. These survey serve as a key component of the public participation portion of the comprehensive plan for the community.  The Center has more than 50 of these surveys available in this section of the website.


These surveys collect information about current and future labor related issues. Labor surveys have been completed for:

  • Madison Region Economic Partnership (Diversity & Inclusion Survey) 2016, 2017, and 2018.
  • United Way St Croix Valley to evaluate their Family Friendly Workplace (FFW) program.
  • West Central Wisconsin Workforce Development area (Barron, Chippewa, Clark, Dunn, Eau Claire, Pepin, Pierce, Polk, and St. Croix Counties)
  • Pierce County
  • Trempeleau County
  • Synergy region (Clark, Eau Claire, Chippewa, Dunn, Barron, Pepin, Pierce, St. Croix, Polk)
  • Wisconsin Agricultural and Natural Resource Sector

Local Government

These surveys seek information from target populations about a variety of local government issues. Issues addressed include parks and recreation, libraries, program assessment, environmental issues, and program prioritization surveys.  Some examples include:

  • Surveys on parks and recreation in cities and counties.
  • UW-Extension needs assessment surveys.
  • A study to gather information from Wausau area residents with respect to the prevalence of medication misuse, perception of prescription drug availability through households or health care providers, perception of risk associated with such misuse, as well as local medication diversion and disposal efforts.
  • A statewide study of opinions about the disposal of unused/leftover medicines.
  • Citizen’s understanding of stormwater issues.
  • Tribal input on water quality issues. County residents’ use of their library system and their opinions about the value of the library.
  • Determining what sorts of housing would be helpful in inducing commuter to become residents.

Rural Development

These surveys seek information on a variety of subjects related to rural development, including tourism, broadband internet surveys, and social safety net assessment. Some examples include:

  • Broadband/high-speed internet surveys for Village of Spring Green, Town of Spring Green, Dunn County, Portage County, St. Croix County, and Pierce County.  
  • A survey assessing tourism in Oneida County.
  • A study to assess the economic impact of users of County ATV trail network and to solicit feedback from riders about their experience.
  • A study to gather information from motorcycle enthusiasts in targeted states (Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, and Wisconsin) to see if the Department of Tourism's 2013 marketing campaign increased motorcycling in western Wisconsin's Driftless region.
  • In conjunction with CARES, a local coalition of family support agencies and organizations, a survey was developed to gather participants' need for/interest in resources to help parents understand and guide their children through their developmental stages from birth to 18 years of age.  The survey also gathered information on challenges facing families as they raise their children and parents' preferred means of accessing information about their children's development.
  • A study of actual and potential demand for green power in western Wisconsin. An assessment of the nature and prevalence of challenges facing lower-income households in western Wisconsin.
  • The 2010 West CAP Community Needs Survey.  This survey was designed to provide West CAP with an in-depth understanding of household needs in the communities they serve.

University of Wisconsin-River Falls

UWRF surveys include collecting information from faculty, staff, and students about issues relating to the University. Examples of surveys done for UWRF include:

  • Student and faculty opinions about campus climate related to variety of discriminatory practices.
  • A study to investigate the experiences and attitudes of University of Wisconsin-River Falls students with regard to bystander intervention practices.
  • Analysis of the results of the National Collegiate Health Assessment (NCHA) survey that was administered on the UW-River Falls campus in 2015.
  • A study to evaluate veterans’ experiences at the University of Wisconsin- River Falls
  • A study about the experiences of Wisconsin farmers who had completed a succession plan to transfer the ownership of the farm. The survey was sponsored by the University of Wisconsin – Extension in order to guide development of educational programs to meet the evolving needs of Wisconsin farmers.
  • Strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats with respect to campus internationalization efforts.
  • Student preferences for food services.


These surveys collect information on topics that are not categorized in any of the above areas. Several examples are provided for your review such as:

  • An evaluation of the United Way St. Croix Valley Success by 6 (SB6) initiative.  Feedback was sought to determine the degree to which five different parent education efforts were contributing to the SB6 initiative.
  • Analysis of data pertaining to a co-parenting course offered throughout the state.
  • 2014 Wisconsin Education Act 31 Administrator and Teacher Surveys.  The purposes of the surveys were to provide information that will be used to determine how state and tribal agencies can provide information, training, and technical assistance to school districts in teaching about Wisconsin American Indian sovereign nations.
  • A survey report about middle school student use of communication technologies.
  • A focus group report for a research project designed to develop a curriculum to help students and their families make the transition from high school to college.
  • A focus group report for a study assessing the impacts of professional development workshops.