February 28, 2006
ICPSR Summer Workshops
From: Hank Heitowit and David Merchant
Subject: 2006 ICPSR Summer Program
The web site for the 2006 ICPSR Summer Program is now up:
We are currently accepting applications for all our courses.
New courses added to the curriculum include:
Quantitative Research on Race and Ethnicity
Longitudinal Analysis of Historical Demographic Data
Aging and Health Among Hispanics and Latin Americans
Statistical Analysis with Missing Data
Analyzing Developmental Trajectories
Project on Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods
People, Place, and Environment in NE Thailand
Health Care Change in the U.S.
Also please note the return to the Program offerings of the 5-day workshop on "Providing Social Science Research Data." This course has traditionally been a popular choice for new ORs/DRs, or others, interested in service delivery of quantitative, machine-readable data, and related issues.
If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact us at
We look forward to another successful summer.
Posted by ronbo at 07:23 PM
NCES Sponsored Workshop and Training Sessions
Just posted to the NCES website are information on six future NCES sponsored workshop and training sessions. Please visit http://nces.ed.gov/whatsnew/conferences/ to view dates, locations, agendas, and registration information for each. Below is a brief description of the sessions.
Using the National Education Longitudinal Study of 1988 (NELS:88) and the Education Longitudinal Study of 2002 (ELS:2002) Databases for Research and Policy Discussion
The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education, will sponsor two 2½-day advanced studies seminars on the use of longitudinal education databases for research and policy studies in 2006. Both seminars—one in May and the other in July—will cover the same material, focusing specifically on the National Education Longitudinal Study of 1988 (NELS:88) and the Education Longitudinal Study of 2002 (ELS:2002) databases. The design of NELS:88 and ELS:2002 permits the examination of education, work, and the socialization of youth in the United States and the influences of schools, teachers, community, and family in promoting growth and positive outcomes.
Using the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of 1998–99 (ECLS-K) Database for Research and Policy Discussion
The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education, is sponsoring a 3-day advanced studies seminar on the use of the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of 1998–99 (ECLS-K) database. The ECLS-K allows researchers to examine the relationships among a wide range of child, family, teacher, classroom, and school variables and children’s development, early learning, and early performance in school.
Using the NCES International Databases for Research and Policy Discussion
The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education, will sponsor a 2½-day seminar on the use of NCES International Databases: the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), and the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS).
NAEP Database Use for Research and Policy Analyses - NAEP Database Training Seminar
The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education, will sponsor a 3½-day advanced studies seminar on the use of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) database for education research and policy analysis. The main NAEP database contains nationally representative achievement scores on 4th, 8th, and 12th graders from public and non-public schools in a variety of academic subjects. The database also contains background information on the students who were assessed and their learning environment.
Using the National Household Education Surveys Program (NHES) Database for Research and Policy Analyses
The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education, will sponsor a 3-day advanced studies seminar on the use of the National Household Education Surveys Program (NHES) databases for research and policy analyses. NHES is a series of surveys that is designed to address a wide range of education-related issues. It provides descriptive data on the educational activities of the U.S. population, from early childhood to adult education, and offers policymakers, researchers, and educators a variety of statistics on the condition of education in the United States. These data are collected through telephone interviews with individual parents, youth, and adults.
Using the National Education Longitudinal Study of 1988 (NELS:88) and the Education Longitudinal Study of 2002 (ELS:2002) Databases for Research and Policy Discussion - Repeat
The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education, will sponsor two 2½-day advanced studies seminars on the use of longitudinal education databases for research and policy studies in 2006. Both seminars—this one in May and the other in July—will cover the same material, focusing specifically on the National Education Longitudinal Study of 1988 (NELS:88) and the Education Longitudinal Study of 2002 (ELS:2002) databases. The design of NELS:88 and ELS:2002 permits the examination of education, work, and the socialization of youth in the United States and the influences of schools, teachers, community, and family in promoting growth and positive outcomes.
Posted by ronbo at 05:42 PM
February 21, 2006
Minnesota Postdoc opportunities: IPUMS Project
The Minnesota Population Center is searching to fill postdoctoral positions beginning in Fall 2006. If you know of any outstanding graduate students or recent Ph.D.s who might be interested in coming to Minnesota, I would appreciate it if you would pass this message along.
Initial appointments are for one year and can be renewed for up to two additional years. Applicants must have completed the Ph.D before the position begins. Screening of applications will start on March 15, 2006 and will continue until the positions are filled.
Thanks for your help!
Director, Minnesota Population Center
University of Minnesota
Posted by ronbo at 08:20 PM
February 16, 2006
Roper Center Data Acquisitions Update, January 2006
Click here for a list of new additions to the Roper Center data archive that are now available to Center Members via Roper Express.
Stanford University Libraries maintains a membership to the Roper Center and Stanford faculty, staff, and students can now download data directly accessible via Roper Express. For instructions on requesting data not available via Roper Express, click on the "Data Services - Roper" link on our SSDS web site.
This month the attached PDF contains:
* 7 new CBS New/New York Times Poll conducted from February to September, 2005 including a New York City sample August 22-28, 2005.
* Kaiser Family Foundation/San Jose Mercury News Asians in the Bay Area Poll conducted by ICR May 27-July, 2004 of 1,095 Self-identified Asian adults living in the Bay Area, CA.
* 5 new Fox News Polls conducted by Opinion Dynamics May-August, 1999.
These notices have been archived on the Roper Center website at:
If you have any questions about these data collections please do not hesitate to contact the Roper Center at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted by ronbo at 07:49 PM
February 07, 2006
NCES Newsflash: Using the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Database for Research and Policy Discussion
The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education, will sponsor a 3 1/2-day advanced studies seminar on the use of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) database for education research and policy analysis. The main NAEP database contains nationally representative achievement scores on 4th, 8th, and 12th graders from public and non-public schools in a variety of academic subjects. The database also contains background information on the students who were assessed and their learning environment.
When: June 20 through June 23, 2006
Where: Washington, DC
For more information about the seminar and instructions on how to apply, point your web browser to:
To visit NAEP's website home page, go to:
Posted by ronbo at 06:15 PM
Posted on the SIPP-users list: Important News About SIPP
February 3, 2006
The Phase-Out of the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) and the Launch of the Program of Income, Wealth, and Health Insurance Measurement
Due to federal funding constraints, the FY2007 President's budget for the Census Bureau removes the continued full funding of the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) program in order to fund higher priority programs “ most notably the 2010 Decennial Census.Â Although this was a difficult decision, the budget does include funds to close out the current SIPP Panel and to begin planning a new data collection system on income, wealth, and program dynamics that meets the policy needs of the country. Full funding for the SIPP in FY2007 would have provided for the preparation, collection, and processing of data for waves 10 and 11 (Annual Income, Taxes, and Retirement Accounts; Child Support Agreements; Adult and Child Disability; Adult Well-Being; Work Schedules; and Child Care) of the 2004 Panel, as well as the continuation of instrument and system modernization for the next panel of SIPP, which was planned to begin in February 2009.
The decreased FY2007 budget includes a total of $9.2M, of which $3.6M will cover a portion of the costs of collecting data through Wave 9 (January 2007) of the 2004 SIPP Panel. Our intention is to enlist the support of SIPP partner agencies to provide the remaining funding (approximately $6.4 M) for collecting and processing the 2004 Panel through Wave 9.Â Without this additional support, data collection for the SIPP 2004 Panel will end in September 2006.
Although the SIPP has long been the leading source of data on the economic well-being of Americans, the length and breadth of the interviews and the longitudinal household design have resulted in ever-increasing sample attrition.Â Many steps have been taken that curtailed attrition, such as dependent interviewing, FR training, promotional materials, and monetary incentives; however, they have not been successful in reducing it to an acceptable level.Â In addition, the complexity of the instrument, the imputations for increasing item nonresponse, and the need to use longitudinal estimation techniques have led to long delays before the data can be understood, documented, and finally, disseminated.
The remaining $5.6M in the FY2007 budget will be used to begin planning and development for a new approach to providing wealth, income, health insurance, and program participation data for the general population of the United States.Â This â€œreengineeringâ€ of the program will take advantage of the advances that the Census Bureau has made in acquiring and integrating administrative records with survey data in recent years, and in modeling for local area estimates.
The measurement program will be a collaborative effort between the traditional SIPP stakeholders, such as the Office of Management and Budget, the Social Security Administration, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Labor, the Small Business Administration, and the Congressional Budget Office.Â The focus will be on meeting the information needs of these agencies as well as other researchers and policy makers.Â The Census Bureau will soon begin a series of consultations to develop this program.
The preliminary thinking at the Census Bureau is that an existing survey or surveys will provide the baseline data for a sample cohort for which we can obtain current and retrospective income and program data from administrative records and conduct follow-on interviews to obtain more detailed socio-economic data unavailable elsewhere.Â Most likely, this new program will include an annual survey that will probe issues such as health, disability, retirement expectations, and job search that will lead to an understanding of the life events that lead people to enter or leave government assistance programs.
We also envision that partners will provide current administrative record data or funding to design and disseminate a world-class data system to measure income, wealth, and program dynamics.
FY2007 will be a transition year where the current SIPP staffs are refocused on the new program or realigned to other programs, and a
reengineered system of income, program, and wealth data estimation begins to take shape.Â Staff within the Census Bureau is just now beginning this process and will solicit advice from longstanding supporters, and enlist the input of potential new users and sources of data.
Branch Chief, Modeling & Outreach Branch
Housing and Household Economic Statistics Division
U.S. Census Bureau
301-763-3222 or email@example.com
Posted by ronbo at 03:28 PM
February 03, 2006
Recent ICPSR updates and additions - February 03, 2006
Below is a list of new data collection additions to the ICPSR data archive along with a list of released data collections that have been updated:
1316 Using Implied Volatility to Measure Uncertainty About Interest Rates
1318 Cohorts, Chronology, and Collective Memories
1322 Oil Price Volatility and U.S. Macroeconomic Activity
1323 Using Geographic Information Systems to Study Interstate Competition
1324 On the Size and Growth of Government
1325 The Evolution of the Subprime Mortgage Market
1326 The Feds
4152 Assessing the Delivery of Community Policing Services in Ada County, Idaho, 2002
4276 National Crime Victimization Survey, 1992-2004
4282 Current Population Survey, October 2004: School Enrollment, Language Proficiency and Disability Supplement
4311 Current Population Survey, February 2005: Contingent Work Supplement File
4369 Current Population Survey, December 2004: Food Security Supplement
3931 National Survey of Police Call Management Strategies and Community Policing Activities, 2000
4360 Uniform Crime Reporting Program Data [United States]: County-level Detailed Arrest and Offense Data, 2003
7870 British Election Study: October 1974, Cross-Section
8196 British Election Study: May 1979, Cross-Section
You can also view a list of all studies added and updated in the last ninety days by visiting the ICPSR Web site at http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/.
Posted by ronbo at 03:00 PM
NCES Newsflash: Call for Papers: The 2007 NICHD-NCES ECLS-B First Release Conference
The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) is sponsoring a 2-day Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Birth Cohort (ECLS-B) First Release Conference organized jointly by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). The conference will be held March 31-April 1, 2007 in Bethesda, MD.
This conference will provide an opportunity for investigators to share research findings using data from the 9-month and 2-year ECLS-B data collections. Papers that focus on child health outcomes of ethnic minorities, low-birth weight and very-low-birth weight births, cognitive development, and twins are particularly encouraged.
NICHD will cover travel and per diem expenses for 8-12 different authors to present their studies. Abstract submissions are due July 15, 2006.
For more information, go to:
Posted by ronbo at 02:44 PM
February 02, 2006
NCES Newsflash: Homeschooling in the United States: 2003
This report uses the Parent and Family Involvement Survey of the 2003 National Household Education Surveys Program (NHES) to estimate the number and percentage of homeschooled students in the United States in 2003 and to describe the characteristics of these students and their families. In 2003, 31 percent of homeschooled children had parents who cited concern about the environment of other schools, such as safety, drugs, or negative peer pressure, as the most important reason for homeschooling, 30 percent had parents who said the most important reason was to provide religious or moral instruction, and 16 percent of homeschooled students had parents who said dissatisfaction with the academic instruction available at other schools was the most important reason. In addition, the report includes comparisons to an earlier study using data from the 1999 NHES to provide information about changes in the rate of homeschooling between 1999 and 2003 for different segments of the student population.
To download, view and print the publication as a pdf file, please visit:
Posted by ronbo at 04:16 PM
ICPSR Summer Internship Program Announcement
The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), the world’s largest archive of digital social science data, is now accepting applications for its annual summer internship program that will take place from June through August 2006. Summer Interns will work in a UNIX environment and gain experience using statistical programs to check data for content and accuracy; preparing data for permanent archiving and distribution for secondary analysis; preserving respondent anonymity; and composing descriptions of data collections. These positions require a strong interest in social science research. Applicants should have successfully completed their undergraduate sophomore year in a social science major and possess strong analytical, research, and written and verbal communication skills. Knowledge of statistical software packages (i.e., SPSS, SAS, Stata), demonstrated leadership skills, and the ability to prioritize multiple tasks are also essential.
For more information please consult our full description of the 2006 Summer Internship Program at http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/pdf/internship.pdf
Contact Information: ICPSR Human Resources
ATTN: Summer Internship Program
PO Box 1248
Ann Arbor, MI 48106-1248
Application Deadline: February 24, 2006
Posted by ronbo at 03:40 PM
February 01, 2006
Roper Center Newsletter, February 2006
Tip of the month!!
Presidential Approval Ratings tell much about the political climate and mood of the country at a given time. The Roper Center's trend of some 3,000 such questions--asked by multiple survey firms and covering Presidents from FDR to G. W. Bush--can provide context for your research. http://www.ropercenter.uconn.edu/cgi-bin/hsrun.exe/Roperweb/PresJob/PresJob.htx;start=HS_index
Public Opinion Matters!--"Supreme Court"
What are American's thinking when it comes to the Supreme Court. Do they believe that it is too Conservative, or too Liberal? How does America feel about Judge Samuel Alito nomination? How have views about women Justices changed since 1971? Find out this and more in this month's POM topic--the Supreme Court.
Based on a new topic each month, POM offers a generous free sampling of related polling data and details of survey datasets held by the Roper Center, along with articles previously published in Public Perspective magazine.
Experience the depth of information housed in the Roper Center archives - The complete list of "Public Opinion Matters!" topics. http://www.ropercenter.uconn.edu/cgi-bin/hsrun.exe/Roperweb/pom/pom.htx;start=HS_pom_list
Newly spotlighted datasets http://www.ropercenter.uconn.edu/cgi-bin/hsrun.exe/roperweb/Catalog40/Catalog40.htx;start=HS_surveyspot
Updated as of February 1, 2005
Special studies of interest recently added to iPOLL.
The database now contains nearly a half million questions!
Title: Trade and Poverty Reduction Survey [September, 2005]
Source: Survey by German Marshall Fund of the US.
Methodology: Conducted by TNS Opinion and Social Institutes, September 16- October 3, 2005 and based on telephone interviews with a national adult sample of 1,000. Interviews were conducted in the US by Leger Marketing of Montreal. Parallel surveys were conducted in Germany, France, Italy, Poland, and the United Kingdom. All fieldwork was coordinated by TNS Opinion and Social Institutes.
Search for: Topic: 'trade'; Date: '09/16/2005 to 09/16/2005'
Title: Race Relations and Changing Ethnic Demographics in the United States Survey [September,2005]
Source: Survey by Foundation for Ethnic Understanding.
Methodology: Conducted by Global Strategy Group, September 29-October 10, 2005 and based on telephone interviews with a national adult with oversamples of african americans, jewish americans, and hispanics. sample of 1,388. Results are weighted to be representative of a national adult population.
Search for: Topic: 'equality'; Date: '09/29/2005 to 09/29/2005'
Title: 2005 National Hispanic Survey [December,2005]
Source: Survey by The Latino Coalition.
Methodology: Conducted by Opiniones Latinas/Latino Opinions, December 10- December 13, 2005 and based on telephone interviews with a national adult hispanics sample of 1,000.
Search for: Topic: 'hispanics'; Date: '12/10/2005 to 12/10/2005'
Additional resources - Web sites with special survey samples
American Jewish Committee 2005 American Jewish Opinion Survey
Harvard School of Public Health 2004 Boston Youth Survey
World Opinion Organization PIPA/BBC World Service Poll
Harvard School of Public Health Business & HIV/AIDS:
A Healthier Partnership Survey of Business Executives Globally
Posted by ronbo at 01:34 PM