IMPACT: From the U.S. to the World

Celebrating 50 years of making data available to the world

Ohio State’s Center for Human Resource Research, led by Randall Olsen (economics), Elizabeth Cooksey (sociology) and Audrey Light (economics), is celebrating 50 years of leading the nation’s longest-running longitudinal survey, a truly giant data set. Their five decades of designing survey instruments and collecting and disseminating data has helped government, private research institutions and universities throughout the world address a wide range of contemporary problems. Information collected on nationally representative samples of men and women over time—such as education, employment experiences, training, health, children and more—has become some of the most analyzed data in the social sciences. With a $52 million reinvestment from the U.S. Department of Labor, this landmark survey project will continue to impact research and lives throughout the nation.

Making a difference in Malawi

Through the program called Umoyo wa Thanzi—or, Health for Life—Alison Norris (epidemiology) and partners including Baylor College of Medicine and the University of Malawi, are conducting qualitative research which is changing lives in Malawi. Malawi is one of the poorest nations in the world, with low life expectancy, high rates of HIV and high infant and maternal mortality rates. The study about contraceptive decision-making and other health issues that overlap sexual and reproductive health is producing potentially life-saving interventions.

Turning water into economic prosperity

Ohio State’s Global Water Initiative’s WE3 Program (Water, Energy, Education and Economic Development) is a multi-faceted initiative aimed at making measurable, far-reaching progress toward water and food security in Tanzania. As part of the WE3 National Water Point Rehabilitation Initiative, Ohio State, in partnership with the University of Dodoma in Tanzania, as well as government, industry and non-governmental organization partners, are working to turn 110 broken water wells into functioning, sustainable village water systems. These systems include water, sanitation, renewable energy and linkages to agriculture and other economic opportunities, especially for women. The Ohio State effort is led by Marty Kress (research development).