Illinois Science & Energy Innovation Foundation Smart Grid Education
(2014 - 2018)
Loyola University Center for Urban Research and Learning (CURL), along with the Heartland Alliance Social IMPACT Research Center, is conducting the first phase of a two phase research project to help the Illinois Science & Energy Innovation Foundation (ISEIF) understand the network effect of its grantees’ public education efforts on knowledge and understanding about the Smart Grid.
Phase one is a process study that gathers information through focus groups with participants who participated in ISEIF funded public education campaigns through ISEIF funded community groups. Approximately five months after the initial focus group, we will conduct phone interviews with participants to learn more about how their education about the Smart Grid has impacted their actions regarding electricity use and how they have shared this new knowledge with their social networks. We will also perform a literature review and analysis of ISEIF existing data to help inform the development of a detailed evaluation design methodology report to guide the second phase of the study.
The second phase will be informed by the first phase of the research and we intend to conduct a random control trial of further phone interviews to determine the network impact of public education about the Smart Grid.
C. George, CURL
T. Neumann, CURL
J. Cossyleon, CURL Graduate Fellow
M. Luetkemeier, CURL Graduate Fellow
K. Ocampo, CURL Undergraduate Fellow
Z. Enriquez, CURL Undergraduate Fellow
S. Paulus, CURL Undergraduate Fellow