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Fall 2009 Statewide Survey

Fall 2009 SCSU Survey of Minnesota adults (PDF) is now completed. Methodology, questions and results are found on the past studies page. Results will be posted as analysis is completed through November and December.

New Faculty Director Joins the Survey

Six faculty from four different departments and two colleges now serve as faculty directors

Dr. John Kulas, Department of Psychology, jtkulas@stcloudstate.edu
(from his web page) Dr. Kulas received his M.A. and Ph.D. in I/O Psychology from Northern Illinois University. He received his B.A. in Psychology from the University of Minnesota. At the time of his appointment, Dr. Kulas had acquired 3 years of formal applied I/O experience primarily working as a test publisher (NCS/London House), an internal I/O consultant (SBC Communications), and as an I/O team leader for a small management consulting firm (Corporate Psychology Resources). Dr. Kulas is interested in any practical research applied to issues of human resource management, but specific areas of interest include: criterion-space development/ expansion, modern psychometric techniques and theory, affirmative action, and newcomer socialization.

Dr. Stephen I. Frank Department of Political Science  sfrank@stcloudstate.edu
Dr. Steven C. Wagner Department of Political Science swagner@stcloudstate.edu
Dr. Michelle Kukoleca Hammes Department of Political Science mhammes@stcloudstate.edu
Dr. David H. Robinson Department of Statistics and Computer Networking dhrobinson@stcloudstate.edu
Dr. Sandrine Zerbib Department of Sociology and Anthropology sazerbib@stcloudstate.edu

SCSU Survey Conducts Survey for the City of Minneapolis During November, 2009 Regarding Rank Choice Voting

Two Faculty Directors Testify Before MN. Legislative Committee 1/20/10
The City of Minneapolis, like many cities across Minnesota, held their municipal election for mayor and city council seats.  This year, instead of a primary election in early September and the general election in November, Minneapolis experimented with a Ranked Choice Vote procedure.  The city hired the SCSU Survey to conduct a phone survey of citizens who voters and of registered voters who didn't vote to gauge their views about changing from a primary election and general election to one election whereby voters rank candidates, who they liked ranking candidates and were they prepared to do so.  The SCSU Survey also helped the city in data analysis of a paper survey given to election judges and office candidates.  The election judges were surveyed on how voters were or were not able to rank choices, how long it took to vote and other administrative issues.  Candidates were asked if they changed their campaign strategy and whether they thought ranked choice should be used in the future.  The faculty directors testified before the Minnesota Senate Committee on Government Operations and Oversight about the survey findings 1/20/2010.

New Student Lead Director and Two Assistant Lead Directors Selected for spring 2010.

New lead director is Mr. Derrek Lee Helmin 4th  Year Student, Political Science and Economics Major, Foley, MN

New assistant Lead directors are:
Ms. Kaelynn M Kampa 4th  Year Student, Public Administration Major and Manager Minor, Rice, MN and Mr. Brady A. Haggstrom 3rd Year Student, Psychology and Political Science Major, Fergus Falls, MN

Fall lead directors have graduated--Mr. Trevor Lynch - 4th Year Student, Political Science Major, History and Marketing Minor, Maplewood, MN will be attending law school in the fall and Mr. Craig Barthel - 4th Year Student, Political Science major with Public Administration minor, Albertville, MN is now participating in UMD’s Master of Political Advocacy and Leadership.

Last Year Lead Director Goes to Graduate School

Ms. Renee Helm Public Administration Major with Mathematics Minor, St. Joseph, Minnesota has graduated. She recently completed a paid internship with the Social Security Administration. She will studying for a MA in Public Administration at Northern Illinois University

Several new student directors have joined the survey

New Directors

Ms. Julie Archer 3rd year student, History and Political Science Majors, Minnetonka, MN
Mr. Zach Kellar 2nd year student, Statistics Major, Callender, Iowa
Mr. Lucas Edberg, 3rd year student, Statistics Major, Belle Plaine, MN.
Mr. Mark Schwichtenberg, 1st year student, Aviation Major, Dayton, MN.

Returning Directors

Mr. Frederico Saucedo 3rd Year Student, Statistics Major, Eagan, MN
Ms. Melat  Yimamu 3rd Year Student, Political Science and International Relations, Addis Abeba, Ethiopia

New Student Technical Consultant

Mr.  Daniel Paul Getzke (3rd year student, Computer Science Major, Eagan, MN.)
replaces graduated technical consultant Mr. Justin Rassier, Computer Science Major, St. Joseph , Minnesota

New computer assisted telephone interviewing program

Move to new computer assisted telephone interviewing program allowing telephone surveys and (new) web surveys and combination web/telephone surveys in the immediate future. 

The SCSU Survey is licensed to use Sawtooth Software’s Ci3 Questionnaire Authoring Version 4.1, a Microsoft Windows 2000-based computer-assisted interviewing package.  This program allows us to develop virtually any type of questionnaire while at the same time programming edit and consistency checks and other quality control measures to insure the most valid data. Interviewing with Ci3 offers many advantages. In conducting the actual interviews we also use Computer Assisted Telephone Interview (CATI) system - Sawtooth Software’s Ci3 WinCATI. The new server will allow us to purchase and implement WinCATI Mixed Mode: The latest in CATI/Web Integration. This permits the integration of telephone and Web interviewing in one system. It will let us conduct studies that are pure telephone, pure Web, or any combination of the two.

SCSU Survey first in state to use cell phone numbers as part of a random digit dial sample in statewide survey

In October 2008, SCSU Survey broke new ground in Minnesota by using cell phone numbers as part of a random sample of adults in the state.  The annual fall omnibus survey calls approximately 500 to 600 residents of Minnesota each year.  The numbers are generated using random digit dialing, which means that for given block (the first 8 digits of a phone number), two random digits are added to the end to create a full 10 digit phone number.  The block numbers and random digits are provided by Survey Sampling International (SSI), using a scientific sampling technique from a list of usable blocks within Minnesota.  This sample, for the first time, used separate frames for landline numbers and cell phone numbers.  Use of the cell phone sample enabled the SCSU Survey to have better coverage across the state, as current estimates are that about 20% of adult Minnesotans have only a cell phone for their telephony needs.

Five faculty from three different departments and two colleges now serve as faculty directors

Dr. Stephen I. Frank Department of Political Science  sfrank@stcloudstate.edu
Dr. Steven C. Wagner Department of Political Science swagner@stcloudstate.edu
Dr. Michelle Kukoleca Hammes Department of Political Science mhammes@stcloudstate.edu
Dr. David H. Robinson Department of Statistics and Computer Networking dhrobinson@stcloudstate.edu
Dr. Sandrine Zerbib Department of Sociology and Anthropology sazerbib@stcloudstate.edu

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