Data

The Survey of the Health of Wisconsin (SHOW) has been collecting data annually since 2008. The data and biosamples are made available to qualified investigators and organizations to support cutting-edge research and discoveries that aim to improve health. We work with partners to ensure all human subject protections are properly in place before sharing data.

Survey Data

  • Public Use Datasets| Available to anyone | FREE
  • Restricted Use Data | Require IRB Approval | Subject to Fee Structure
    • Original COVID-19 data
      • For variables that were modified for de-identification purposes
    • Original Wave 1(2008-2013) data
      • For variables that were modified for de-identification purposes
    • Wave 2 (2014-2016) data
    • Wave 3 (2017) data
    • Wave 4 (2018-2019) data
      • City of Milwaukee Cohort

For more information on accessing restricted data, see our data access and use page, and submit our data request form. For more information on how our data is collected, please see our Survey Methods page.

Survey Instruments

SHOW scientists use validated health questionnaires. Researchers are welcome to use our instruments for their own data collection.

Our survey/instrument topics fall into the following areas, please visit our topics page to view specifics:

  • Objective measures of Health
  • Health & Health History
  • Mental Health
  • Healthcare
  • Health-related Behaviors
  • Physical & Built Environment
  • Social & Socioeconomic Determinants of Health
  • COVID-19
  • Demographics

Fees for Services

SHOW now uses a fee-for-service model for all of the services listed above. Gathering quality survey data and biosamples from around the state and offering high-quality services require resources from funders as well as cost-sharing from investigators using our services.

 

Request Type UW rate Cancer Center member rate  Non UW rate IRB requirements
Initial 1-hour Consultation Meeting FREE FREE FREE Not Applicable
Public use data sets

FREE FREE FREE You do not need IRB; navigate to the page for the public use data you’re interested in, submit a data use form, and you will receive an email with instructions on how to access the data.
Restricted use data sets & Data Processing 

  • 2008-2016 baseline, complete 
  • 2017 longitudinal
  • 2018-2019 focused population
  • Stacking, merging, derived variable creation offered
$3000 + analytical fees, determined based on complexity $2550 + analytical fees, determined based on complexity $3450 + analytical fees, determined based on complexity You will need to provide the following before receiving requested data: 

  1. IRB approval letter, and
  2. A .pdf version of your IRB application

UW affiliation: If you are an UW student, post-doc, academic staff, and/or investigator, scientist, professor: you need to acquire UW Health Sciences IRB or IRB exemption (via ARROW); More information on UW IRB exemption is below (or website link)

Non-UW affiliation: If you are a non-UW researcher, clinician, investigator, student:  you need to acquire IRB or IRB exemption from your institution. 

Is an IRB approval needed, or IRB exemption needed?

Many secondary data analyses conducted with de-identified, coded data are IRB exempt, but we require a copy of IRB exemption approval letter and application before we can provide requested data.  Depending on the scope of research, a full IRB may be needed.

We require IRB exemption for all public health surveillance and monitoring, not just primary research. These can be done under typical Wisconsin Department of Human Services or local health department services IRB protocol and processes. See our UW IRB Help Document for more on seeking an exemption.

Geographical Linkage to other public use data

GIS-based linkage based on residence location to census data, greenspace, nearest roadway, DNR nitrate levels, etc.

$5000+ analytical fees, determined based on complexity of linkage $4250+ analytical fees, determined based on complexity of linkage $5750+ analytical fees, determined based on complexity of linkage
Vital records & surveillance data Linkage

  • Link to immunizations, birth or mortality data
  • Cost based on sample size and extent of request
TBD TBD TBD
Analytical & data science support

Completing basic statistics, table shells, and multivariate linear, logistic regression, or similar analyses

$103/hr $87.55/hr $118.45/hr

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