Parenting: It’s a Life recently conducted an interview with Dr. Daeyong Lee, Assistant Professor in Human Development and Family Studies at Iowa State University. Dr. Lee first became familiar with the PIAL program in April 2019 when PIAL graduate student, Maneesha, asked him to assist with the PIAL research process. Immediately his interest was piqued because PIAL is, "one of the few programs existing at Iowa State that provides education around co-parenting, the costs of raising a child, budgeting, establishing paternity, and child support education.” As a member of the advising faculty of the CWRTP team, Dr. Lee has been involved in three major intervention programs for the state including Parenting: It’s a Life.
Much of the work Dr. Lee has done for PIAL has revolved around improving our survey methods. This included adding a pre-visit survey before students experience the PIAL module. “In the past, PIAL collected both pre- and post-visit knowledge about teen parenting all at once after the lectures, which resulted in recall bias. My suggestion addressed the recall bias problem and helped the PIAL team precisely evaluate how the lectures affect students’ knowledge about teen parenting.” The new pre-visit survey is a two minute e-survey that is sent out a few days before PIAL comes to the classroom. The information we receive from these surveys make it much easier to analyze how much knowledge students gain from PIAL. Maneesha, who worked closely with Dr. Lee, commented, “These surveys took progressive steps under his guidance. While I was working on survey development, he provided insightful knowledge about how to develop surveys to answer possible research questions in the future.”
When asked what excites him most about the PIAL program, Dr. Lee mentioned providing “results [from] the effectiveness of the program relying more on research-based intervention set-up analysis” and then suggesting to “policy makers to adopt and expand this program to nationwide in the near future.” Thank you, Dr. Lee, for all your help with the PIAL program!