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 is once again partnering with the University of Northern Iowa to undertake a survey to assess the current impacts of the pandemic on Iowa’s businesses and nonprofit organizations. IEDA hopes you will complete the survey or forward the link to businesses/attractions/organizations within your communities. The deadline to complete this survey is 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 17, 2021.

The information collected will be used to form public policy and programming in response to the ongoing impacts of the pandemic on Iowa. Assistance promoting the two previous statewide surveys in March and May 2020 was critically important and provided Iowa with useful information and data. 


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 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 at 5:00 p.m. [PDF] and tracking map.

A second survey was conducted May 14-29 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 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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