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Delaware Travel Monitoring System Study
Project leads: Rebecca Gross and Edward Ratledge
This study is conducted for the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT). It provides useful information to policy makers within DelDOT to determine the need for transportation services throughout the State. In addition, the data are spatially mapped utilizing GIS software to provide detailed information for infrastructure planning.
Specifically, we collect information on travel patterns, commute times, mode of transportation (e.g. driving, biking, walking, etc), and assess the use and need for public transportation. Data is being collected in a multi-mode fashion through a telephone survey and an online survey. Respondents are contacted either by telephone (by telephone interviewers in the CADSR survey research lab) using an RDD sampling frame or by mail (for the online portion) using an ABS sampling frame and access the survey online using a unique household ID.
Alcohol Shipping and Delivery in Delaware (2023 Study)
Project leads: Rebecca Gross and Edward Ratledge
In this online only study, we are gathering information on how adults (over 21) Delawareans feel about alcohol shipping and delivery to Delaware residences. While this is not currently possible for Delaware residents this survey will help to gauge the level of support for this. Participants are contacted by
mail using an ABS sampling frame and access the survey online using a
unique household ID. No information collected will be tied to participants household or any identifiable information.
Nurses in Delaware Survey
Project lead: Rebecca Gross
An online survey of licensed Delaware nurses (RN, LPN, APRN) is being conducted for the Delaware
Division of Public Health, as part of an ongoing study to ensure an
adequate supply and distribution of health professionals in Delaware.
Survey results will be aggregated and used to help state and local
governments, along with employers and educational institutions, plan for
an adequate number of nurses throughout Delaware. By
learning where nurses work, the form and setting of
their employment, how long they plan to stay active in their
profession, resources can be targeted to ensure optimal health care for
Delaware's residents. In addition, nurses will also be asked for input on various issues like workplace dynamics, the impact of COVID-19 on nursing practice and staffing. Respondents are contacted by mail using a list
provided from the Delaware Department of Professional Regulation. Access
to the survey online is done using a unique ID.
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Delaware Population Consortium
Project lead: Edward C. Ratledge
The latest population projections for the State and Counties 2010-2050 for individual years, race, age and gender were delivered to the Delaware Population Consortium (DPC). Total populations for municipalities during the projection period are also included. The DPC which is made up of state, county and municipal officials interested in population growth/decline was recognized last year in Delaware Code as the official provider of such projections throughout the state. Experimental projections for Census county division and Census tracts are under consideration.
To view the latest projections from DPC click here: Annual Projections from the Delaware Population Consortium
GIS and Data Support Services
Project lead: David Racca
GIS and Planning Data
Analytical Support Services
This annual project addresses several data focused
efforts to support planning initiatives at DelDOT
District Enrollment and Student Mapping
Project Lead: John Laznik
Lake Forest School District Enrollment Projections 2022-32, Lake Forest School District, Spring 2021. Create school enrollment projections for School Years 2022-2032. The projections will be based on historical enrollment trends, historical births, and future demographic projections from the Delaware Population Consortium.
City of Wilmington Student Mapping Technical Assistance, Spring 2021. Assist in the verification of public-school students residing in the City of Wilmington as of March 2021.
2020-21 Delaware Department of Education Maintenance Agreement, Delaware DOE, School Year 2020-21. Provide eSchool plan area table assistance for all 19 school districts within the State of Delaware. Provide quarterly updates of plan area table to DOE for respective school year based on feedback from individual school districts. Maintain zone header and zone detail tables that interact with the plan area table for the public to access the data on the DOE school locator website.
Creation of 2021-22 Early Childhood Center and 2023-24 Elementary Feeder Patterns, Appoquinimink School District, Fall 2020-Spring 2021. Assist in the creation of new feeder patterns for the appropriate school years in the Appoquinimink School District. Provide technical assistance to the redistricting committee, administration and local school board through the use of a Geographic Information System (GIS).
Cape Henlopen 2021-22 Elementary Feeder Pattern Technical Assistance, Cape Henlopen School District, Fall 2020. Assist in the adjustment of elementary feeder patterns for the 2021-22 school year for Cape Henlopen School District to help reduce current capacity issues.
Project lead: John Laznik
CADSR completed a review of the location of
all housing units in the State of Delaware and supplied a list of any
problems to the Census Bureau prior to the start of the 2020 Census.
Early Childhood Education Options for
Low-Income and Minority Children in Delaware
Project leads: Yuliya Brel-Fournier and Wei-Ming Chen
This paper explores the condition of the early
childhood education system (ECE) in Delaware, and the options available to
low-income and minority children with respect to pre-K services. Since 1990, the National
Education Goals Panel has set a national educational goal for all children in
America to start school ‘ready to learn’. Thus, school readiness, which is ‘the child’s
ability to use and profit from school,’ is considered vital for children’s
success in kindergarten and beyond. Currently, many 3- and 4-year-olds in
Delaware are unable to attend any pre-K programs due to the lack of affordable
high-quality ECE options. As a result, up to 50% of Delaware’s 5-year-olds come
to kindergarten not ready for school. The paper considers what needs to be done
to move Delaware from the current situation to a better future. It inquires
into what is required
in terms of funding and changes in the existing model to improve the
availability, accessibility and affordability of pre-K services for all
Delaware 3- and 4-year-olds.
Policy Issues in Public Education in the US
Project lead: Yuliya Brel-Fournier
This report analyzes various issues
besetting the system of public education in the United States. The issues range
from family income and education achievement to after-school and summer
programs, from counseling impact to school discipline, and from school year/day
length to parental involvement in children’s education. One of the persistent
problems considered in the report is how the K-12 system is funded in the
country. Therefore, the report, also pays special attention to the question of
funding public education in the United States, including financial assistance
to local education agencies through Title I, as well as financing early and
Public K-12 Education Funding in the US
This paper offers a general overview of the public education sustem financing in the United States and in the State of Delaware. It considers the rols of the federal government in education spending, the concept of "adequate" educational programs as well as various formula the states use to collect and allot funding for schools. Finally, it brings an insight into the distribution of the Congressional COVID funding provided by the federal government to school districts as a response to the economic hardships experienced by the country because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Financiing Public Education in Delaware 2021: State Level Analysis, District Level Analysis
This is an update of a similar study produced by CADSR in 2019. The current study analyzes investment of financial resources in public education in the State of Delaware after the 2016-2017 school year. It provides a statewide analysis of how the state raises and spends money for/on education and compares the financing of Delaware public education with the neighboring states. The purpose of the study is to offer a system-wide review of how public elementary and secondary education in Delaware is funded. It is important to understand how financial resources are used by the public education system in the state to work out efficient ways of turning dollars in to the necessary resources for districs, schools and classrooms
Project lead: Wei-Ming Chen
 Topic: Delaware household Energy Expenditure Mapping Project
This project presents the median household energy expenditure and household income data in Delaware at Census Tracts. The purpose is to identify areas that need energy assistance and provide necessary information for energy affordability policy and program design. Three types of energy expenditures are presented: (1) electricity, (2) gas, and (3) other fuels (oil, kerosene, coal, wood, etc.). The data source is U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey (ACS), 5-year Estimated (2015-2019). ArcGIS Online is used to make the map and user-friendly application (app).
 Topic: Foreign Investment in East Asian Offshore Wind Energy Market
While the first offshore wind turbine was erected in 1991 off the Denmark coast, Asia is catching up rapidly in the recent decade. According to the Global Wind Energy Council, Asia has become a leader in offshore wind and its share in the global wind market is expected to grow from 24 percent in 2019 to 42 percent in 2025. The top five markets are China, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, and Vietnam. Excluding China, the Asian offshore wind market is at the early development stage of development, which provides an excellent opportunity for global investors to enter the market. The study investigates the role of foreign investment in formulating the offshore wind industry in Asia, using Taiwan as a case study.
Analysis of the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) Survey
U.S. federal government has initiated the Behavioral Risk Factor
Surveillance System (BRFSS) since 1984 to annually survey the U.S.
adults’ health-related risk behaviors, chronic health conditions, and
use of preventive services. The BRFSS in Delaware is named the
Behavioral Risk Factor Survey (BRFS), which started in 1990, and the
annual sample amount is about 4,000.
Beginning in 2018, CADSR has
analyzed the data and three reports have been published for the
following: BRFS 2017, BRFS 2018, and BRFS 2019. These reports aim to
provide Delaware health policymakers and providers statistical evidence
for better policy design, budget allocation, decision making, and
service. The newest analysis will be the BRFS 2020 report, which is
scheduled to be released in December 2021.
Childhood Obesity Prevalence in the
State of Delaware: An Analysis of the Data from the National Surveys of
Project leads: Yuliya Brel-Fournier and Omar Borla
This report examines the prevalence
of obesity among children in the State of Delaware using the data from the
National Surveys of Children’s Health. It analyzes the odds of a child being
obese depending on the child’s race, his/her family poverty level, and the
level of education of the child’s parents. The findings are consistent with those
of other previous studies that considered childhood obesity rates in this
country. They confirm that belonging to a racial minority group, and/or living
in a household whose adult members have low levels of education and whose
income level defines them as poor, significantly increases the probability of a
child being obese or overweight. The report also reviews the extant policies
(federal, state, and local) that have been implemented across the State of
Delaware to curb and prevent childhood obesity. It concludes that no policies
seem to have any significant impact on the rates of childhood obesity in the state
and suggests that it might be appropriate to reconsider the policies and find
more advantageous ways of spending taxpayers’ dollars. Since the problem of
obesity is particularly complex, a concerted effort of many different
stakeholders will be required to address it effectively.