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.

Agricultural Projects

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

  • 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. The survey serves as a key component of the public participation portion of the comprehensive plan for the community.


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

  • 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. Some examples include:

  • A 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. Some examples include:

  • 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:

  • 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:

  • 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.