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The APP Turns 5!

Back in June 2017, CHRR at The Ohio State University gave birth to its newest baby, the American Population Panel. We at CHRR hoped the fledgling APP would develop into a large group of Americans 18 and older we could contact regularly to participate in social science and health research surveys.

Fast forward five years: We are incredibly proud to report that our newborn panel has grown to be a research panel giant of more than 45,000 volunteer members! Thanks to our dedicated Panel members, we've already got 50+ projects under our belt, and we look forward to many more milestones ahead. Happy 5th birthday, APP!

How we got our start

Message from the APP's Principal Investigator

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In 2017 we had an idea — why not create our own panel of people willing to answer research surveys and help researchers answer important questions? 5 years later and over 45,000 of you have helped to make that dream a reality. You have answered hundreds of our questions, you have participated in multiple projects, you have helped undergraduates, graduate students and faculty members throughout the USA with their research, and without YOU none of this would have been possible!

You have completed surveys on your COVID experiences, you have shared your political views and opinions about land-grant universities, you have told us about your smoking and vaping experiences and whether or not you have tattoos, you have shared your family histories, languages spoken in your homes and the kinds of sporting activities that your children have taken part in.

Research studies that you have contributed to have been published in academic journals, presented at conferences, been talked about in newspapers and on radio and TV, and even been turned into a book! WooHoo! Happy 5th Birthday to the American Population Panel and a HUGE THANK YOU to all APP members! Can't wait to see where the next 5 years takes us!!

Elizabeth Cooksey, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus of Sociology and
Senior Researcher, CHRR at The Ohio State University

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Note from CHRR's Director

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The APP has been a godsend to my scholarship on higher education issues. The 2020 Johns Hopkins University Press book I co-authored with WVU President Gordon Gee utilized two separate APP surveys to gauge public sentiment regarding the relative contributions that universities make to the health and well-being of American society. Plans already are underway to use the APP once again for our new project that focuses attention on the public's opinion of how universities govern themselves.

Stephen M. Gavazzi, Ph.D.
Professor of Human Development and Family Science and
Director, CHRR at The Ohio State University

Fun facts about the APP

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  • The APP launched on June 1, 2017.
  • Current number of panelists is 45,776 (as of 5/31/22).
  • Diversity within the APP? You bet! Our Panel demographics cover a range of ages, regions of the U.S., racial/ethnicity identities, and levels of education.
  • APP members range in age from 18 to 90+ years.
  • Longest active panel member is currently a woman in her 50s from Ohio.
  • The panelist that lives the farthest from our HQ is 4,000+ miles away in Hawaii. Panel members participate from all 50 states plus the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
  • Of the panelists who have answered our Veteran Service question, 18 percent have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. If you are a panel member and would like to participate in our Military Service Survey, please contact us for additional information.
  • Completed projects by year:
    • 2018 = 2
    • 2019 = 16
    • 2020 = 18
    • 2021 = 12
    • 2022 = 4
  • To date, our panelists have completed 57,369 individual surveys as part of the 50+ projects we've been a part of in our first five years.
  • To date, the YOU and COVID-19 survey (third in our COVID-19 series) was the most popular Mini Survey we've fielded so far with 9,389 participants answering the survey.
  • Panelists who participated in a recent Esports survey agreed that for an activity to be considered an Esport or a Sport, it needs to "have official rules, regulations, leagues, etc." (87% Esports, 88% Sports) and also "be competitive" (87% Esports, 85% Sports).

Thank you to ALL the researchers who have brought their projects to the APP and the panelists who have helped advance research for the common good!

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