The MIP Project is a study that examines how families in two large metropolitan areas have fared in the economic circumstances of the last two years. The study re-interviewed participants of two earlier studies, one in Chicago and another on in Los Angeles. Because it is a follow-up to those studies, it compares how people are doing now as opposed to the time of their prior interviews. The study is being conducted with funds from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation awarded to Harvard University and UCLA. IMPAQ is doing the telephone surveys and Research Support Services (a research organization in the Chicago area) is doing the face-to-face follow-ups in Chicago and L.A. for Harvard University.
Of the two studies, the one in Los Angeles is the one of interest to IMPAQ because it will be first attempted by telephone. A field test of 300 cases began in late May 2011, where the IMPAQ Survey Center will attempt to complete interviews by telephone with participants of the most recent wave of the Los Angeles Family and Neighborhood Survey (LA FANS).