CWRTP co-principal investigators makes sense of big data, receives grant

Heather Rouse is the co-principal investigator for the CSRU contract and was recently featured by Iowa State University’s College of Human Sciences for two separate research projects.


Firstly, Heather Rouse and Cassandra Dorius, both assistant professors in human development and family studies, are using existing data to help the state solve problems and make evidence-based decisions in the areas of public health, education, and child welfare. The numbers allow them to be strategic in identifying “low-hanging fruit” among problems needing to be solved, and targeting people who need help the most.

Read more about the research project from the College of Human Sciences.


Secondly, Heather Rouse, Ji-Young Choi, and Daniel Russell, in human development and family studies, recently received a research grant of $40,000 from the Spencer Foundation. Their project builds on a current research study to understand the comprehensive sets of child and family risks that hinder young children’s school readiness capacities. This new effort will examine patterns and predictors of early non-parental care experiences (e.g., child care, preschool) for children prior to kindergarten entry, with a specific focus on the needs and services of Native American children.

This story was originally published by Iowa State University’s College of Human Sciences.