Community Development Data Information and Analysis Laboratory (CD-DIAL)

Who We Are

CD-DIAL is a technical assistance unit within Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Community and Economic Development that helps communities, organizations, and state and local agencies identify needs and evaluate their assets.

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Our Mission

To improve the quality of Iowa community life, CD-DIAL educates and provides technical assistance in program evaluation, research methodology, and data analysis to communities, agencies, and organizations.

Our Experience

  • More than 30 years of surveying Iowa communities
  • Skilled facilitation in problem identification and strategic planning
  • More than 15 years of program evaluation experience
  • Studies conducted in every Iowa county and many cities

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Working together, we will

  • Identify problems
  • Define survey methodology
  • Collect data
  • Analyze data
  • Communicate findings through written reports and oral presentations

Data collection services include

  • Mailed paper-and-pencil surveys
  • Telephone interviews
  • Focus groups
  • Online surveys

Studies are carried out using a collaborative, facilitated process.