Facilities and Resources
The Family Resiliency Research Home is a unique observational facility designed to simulate a family home. Researchers may use a fully equipped kitchen, dining area, living area with a television/DVD player, and an adjoining interview room. The observational area is equipped with seven unobtrusive video cameras and seven wired microphones that allow for 360 degree recording of family, couple, and group interactions. Nine wireless microphones, digital voice recorders, and HD video recorders also are available.
The Control Room houses the video control panel for the observational recording system, which allows up to seven different views of the scene. Split screen, multiple recordings with different views and close-up recordings can be tailored for each project. In addition to the ability to record to DVD, the recordings can be saved directly to a computer so that the data can be coded with Noldus’ The Observer XT® coding software. This software is capable of integrating physiological recordings with behavioral observations and provides an efficient way to manage large amounts of observational data. It easily interfaces with statistical packages such as SAS and SPSS.
Tour the Control Room: View 1
Researchers also have access to the Coding Room, a dedicated space for data coding and analysis. It is equipped with PC’s with mpeg encoder boards and software that integrate with Noldus’ The Observer® XT behavioral coding and analysis software. The computers also are equipped with SPSS and NVivo8(QSR) software. Research team training and technical support for use of the recording equipment and coding software can be provided.
Three Project Spaces are available for use by FRC’s multidisciplinary research teams. Each space is equipped with work stations, secure storage and filing systems, work tables, and telephone and network access.
Researchers have access to the Studio, a multipurpose meeting space that has full audiovisual and assistive listening capability and can serve as an instructional, seminar, and conference space. It houses a portable videoconferencing system and has been equipped with special room darkening shades, portable lighting, wireless internet access, and video cameras.
Panorama of the Studio: View 1
Also available for occasional use by researchers are three Classrooms equipped with full audiovisual capability and wireless internet access; one classroom also has an assistive listening service. Members of FRC research teams are provided with US and campus mail service and access to copy and fax machines.
The Family Resiliency Center is serviced by CITES (Campus Information Technology and Educational Services) and supported through Department of Human and Community Development technicians. CITES supports networking for faculty, including separate and secure networks for research labs and funded projects. CITES also offers a variety of services to promote electronic collaboration including Netfiles, teleconferencing, and online survey tools. In 2008, PC Magazine ranked the Urbana campus number 6 on its Top 10 list of “most wired” campuses.
In addition to CITES support, the Family Resiliency Center supports a part-time technician responsible for maintaining and supporting computing and recording equipment in the Research Home. The technician also assists with website maintenance, podcast and video production, and dissemination of research findings.
The Family Resiliency Center supports two full time coordinators responsible for maintaining communication with the community; establishing a framework and protocol for multidisciplinary teams; developing communication and dissemination strategies for research projects; grant-writing, organizing lecture series, forums, workshops, and other events; and public relations outreach. A full-time office support specialist assists with room scheduling, travel plans, meeting scheduling, and equipment and supply purchases and other clerical duties.
The Family Resiliency Center provides assistance in developing communication strategies and dissemination plans for investigators and research teams. The Family Resiliency Center works closely with University of Illinois Extension; the University of Illinois Child Care Resource Service which serves parents and providers in six Illinois counties and is a member of NACCRRA (The National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies) and INCCRRA (Illinois Network of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies). FRC works with state-wide family and children’s advocacy groups such as Voices for Illinois Children and Action for Children Illinois and other community social service agencies, public media, local school districts and park districts, the public health district, libraries and foodbank.
The Autism Resource Center housed in FRC serves as a gateway between the University of Illinois and the community for information on autism spectrum disorders for families and professionals who serve families throughout Illinois. Visitors to the Autism Resource Center have access to educational and training materials and staff consultations.
The Survey Research Laboratory (SRL) and the Illinois Statistics Office (ISO) in the Department of Statistics is available to the project PD/PI and key senior personnel to provide feedback and assistance on issues related to data collection and analysis. The SRL and ISO are research units created to provide support services to faculty and graduate students at the University of Illinois.
The University of Illinois Library holds more than ten million volumes and 22 million items and materials in all formats, languages, and subjects, including 9 million microforms, 90,000 serials, 148,000 audio-recordings, over 930,000 audiovisual materials, over 280,000 electronic books, 12,000 films, and 650,000 maps. These collections form the bulk of I-Share, the statewide library online catalog. Currently there are 65 I-Share libraries and more than 30 million library items represented in the I-Share catalog. Users at these I-Share libraries may borrow books directly from the 65 I-Share library participants.