This year, the Center for Social and Behavioral Research (CSBR) celebrates 50 years in service to the University of Northern Iowa and the broader community, state and region. CSBR's commitment to applied social science and rigorous survey methods research dates back to their first year, which included the "Study of Mailed Questionnaire Validity." In the last decade, CSBR has continued to spread its methodological wings and has embraced new modes of data collection including cell phones, online and SMS (text) survey modes.
To date, CSBR has completed over 760 projects ranging in size from less than $100 to over $11 million - many with UNI faculty partners, which have resulted in interviews and data collected from more than 550,000 Iowans by telephone interviews, face-to-face interviews, mailed questionnaires, focus groups, in-depth and web interviews. As CSBR celebrate their 50th anniversary, they honor those who laid the solid social and behavioral science research foundation and influenced their journey. The staff at CSBR is looking forward to the next 50 years of academic excellence and dedication to the mission of advancing, applying and facilitating high standards of social and behavioral research practice that informs scholarship and public policy decision-making.