COVID-19 Surveys & Research

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COVID-19 Surveys & Research

Due to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) is gathering resources and information that may be of use to partners across Iowa.

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The IEDA partnered with the University of Northern Iowa to undertake a third survey to assess the impacts of the pandemic on Iowa’s businesses and nonprofit organizations. The information collected will help to form public policy and programming in response to the ongoing impacts of the pandemic on Iowa. 
NEW - EXECUTIVE SUMMARY - SURVEY 3The full executive summary is available here. [PDF]
The survey, funded by the US Economic Development Administration, was launched February 23, 2021, and closed on March 24, 2021. Over 8,800 businesses and organizations fully or partially completed the survey with 6,457 usable for analysis. 


IEDA collaborated with the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) – Institute for Decision Making and Strategic Marketing Services on a series of statewide surveys of how micro to major businesses are being impacted by COVID-19.

The first survey was conducted from March 17-23, 2020, with businesses from all of Iowa’s 99 counties and industry sectors participating.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: The full executive summary is available here. [PDF]
SURVEY TRACKING: Final responses by county as of March 23, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. [PDF]

A second survey was conducted May 14-29, 2020, to understand the continued impact of the coronavirus pandemic on Iowa businesses and organizations.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: The full executive summary is available here. [PDF]
SURVEY TRACKING: Final responses by county as of May 29, 2020, at 5:00 p.m.

IEDA will use survey results to form public policy on recovery and growth, including potential resources for businesses.

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