Recent News from IUSSP on Demography, Demographers, and the Data Revolution

Recent news on "Demography, Demographers, and the Data Revolution" from the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP) covers topics including:
  1. Data Revolution for Sustainable Development
  2. Population-related indicators proposed by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network for the Sustainable Development Goals
  3. Scientific panels on two topics related to the Data Revolution: Big Data and Population Processes and Innovations for Strengthening Vital Registration Systems
  4. The Cartagena Data Festival: Better Data for a Better Tomorrow, which takes place on April 20-22 in Cartagena, Columbia
  5. An invitation to attend Session 170 on Demography, Demographers and the Data Revolution for attendees of the 2015 Population Association of America's Annual Meeting in San Diego
More information can be found on the IUSSP web page here.


New Releases through 2015-03-22

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:

New Additions


Note: Additional SAMHDA studies may be available though they are not listed in this email/web site announcement.


Collaborative Multi-racial Post-election Survey (CMPS), 2008 (ICPSR 35163)

The 2008 Collaborative Multi-racial Post-election Survey (CMPS) is a national telephone survey of registered voters, with comparably large samples of African Americans, Asian Americans, Latinos, and Whites. The telephone survey, conducted between November 9, 2008 and January 5, 2009, is the first multiracial and multilingual survey of registered voters across multiple states and regions in a presidential election. In contrast to the 2008 American National Election Study (ANES) which oversampled Black and Latino voters, and was available in Spanish, the CMPS was available in six languages and contains robust samples of the four largest racial/ethnic groups: Whites, Latinos, Blacks, Asians. 

The CMPS contains 4,563 respondents who registered to vote in the November 2008 election and who self-identified as Asian, Black, Latino, and White. The survey was available in English, Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Vietnamese and respondents were offered the opportunity to interview in their language of choice. The six states that were sampled to produced robust samples of all four major racial groups include California, Texas, New York, Florida, Illinois, and New Jersey, and the statewide samples range from 243 to 669 cases. In order to arrive at more nationally representative samples of each minority group, the study added two supplemental states per racial group, including Arizona and New Mexico (Latinos), North Carolina and Georgia (Blacks), Hawaii and Washington (Asians). Of these 12 states, 3 were considered political battlegrounds in the 2008 Presidential electorate -- New Mexico, Florida, and North Carolina. In order to examine multi-racial politics in competitive and non-competitive environments, the study supplemented the sample with six additional diverse battleground states: Colorado, Michigan, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. As of the 2008 election, two-thirds of the national electorate was concentrated in these 18 states. For Latinos, 92 percent of all registered voters reside in these states; 87 percent of Asian Americans; and 66 percent of Blacks, and 61 percent of Whites. The November 2008 CMPS provides estimates of the registered voter population by race, age, gender, and education level which was applied to the sample, by racial group, so that the distributions match those of the Census on these important demographic categories. In the study, there are 51 items dealing with sociopolitical attitudes, mobilization and political activity. Additionally, there are 21 items that capture demographic information, including: age, ancestry, birthplace, education, ethnicity, marital status, number in the household, religiosity, gender, media usage and residential context.


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These data are available to those at ICPSR member institutions.


ICPSR seeks nominations for Flanigan and Miller Awards

As part of its mission to support the social and behavioral sciences, ICPSR presents biennial awards to individuals who have distinguished themselves in their service to the social science community. We are seeking your nominations for these two awards.

The Warren E. Miller Award for Meritorious Service to the Social Sciences was initiated in 1993 to recognize individuals who have had a profound impact on social science research and infrastructure. Warren E. Miller, a founder of ICPSR and its first Executive Director, demonstrated throughout his career exemplary service to the social science community and a talent for building institutions that have survived beyond his direct involvement and continue to prosper.

The William H. Flanigan Award for Distinguished Service as an ICPSR Representative was established in 1995 and acknowledges significant contributions of individuals representing ICPSR member institutions. The award is named after William H. Flanigan, who served as ICPSR Official Representative from the University of Minnesota for 37 years, from ICPSR's inception in 1963 until 2000. He also served as Chair of the ICPSR Council from 1991 to 1993.

Visit our ICPSR awards page for more information on previous award recipients.

The ICPSR Prizes Committee is constituted in odd-numbered years to select candidates for these awards.  We are fortunate to have these members of the Committee for 2015: Janet M. Box-Steffensmeier (Ohio State University) (previous Miller Award recipient) and Ron Nakao (Stanford University), ICPSR Council representatives; Kathleen Mullan Harris (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) and Ms. Wendy Watkins (Carleton University), previous Miller Award Recipient and Flanigan Award Recipient respectively; and Sue Hodge, ICPSR staff representative.

Please send your nominations to this special email address: mf-awards@icpsr.umich.edu 
We greatly appreciate a brief summary of the individual's qualifications and explanation of why the nominee is a worthy recipient. The Prizes committee will consider the nominations, make a final determination of the award winners, and inform ICPSR Council of their decision. The awards will be given during the ICPSR Biennial Meeting of Official Representatives held September 30-October 2, 2015, in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Nominations are due no later than April 3We welcome your recommendations of outstanding individuals for these two awards.


Bureau of Labor Statistics announces Consumer Expenditure Survey workshop and Survey Methods Symposium, set for June

The Consumer Expenditure Survey (CE) invites you, your colleagues, and students to attend the free 2015 CE Survey Methods Symposium and 10th annual Microdata Users’ Workshop being held in Washington, DC July 14–17, 2015.

 The July 14 CE Survey Methods Symposium is a half-day event to share information about recent findings and new projects in the CE’s survey methods program including updates about the Gemini Project to redesign the survey.

The July 15–17 CE Microdata Users’ Workshop provides a unique opportunity for CE data users to receive hands-on training and access to CE microdata experts. The workshop attracts academics, private sector researchers, and government professionals from all over the country and internationally. The agenda will include internal and external presenters chosen to enhance the learning experience. CE experts guide attendees through carefully crafted interactive practical training sessions. The structure and schedule of the three-day workshop provides maximum opportunity for attendees to engage with others who share their interest in learning more about using the CE microdata. One-on-one conferences with BLS CE experts can be scheduled.

Registration is now open for both events.

Consumer Expenditure Survey Series data is available to download from the ICPSR archives.


ICPSR Council Seeks Nominations for New Council Members

The ICPSR Council serves as the executive committee for ICPSR member institutions.  The Council sets general policy for the Consortium, approves fees and budgets, and performs other duties.  It consists of twelve members serving four-year terms. Six new members are elected by the Official Representatives every second year.

The Nominating Committee solicits your suggestions of persons with the experience, ability, and wisdom to serve on the Council.  Responsibility and willingness to work are also vital.  The Council meets three times each year, and members must devote time between meetings to review materials and undertake committee tasks.

The best way for the Nominating Committee to prepare a strong slate is to have suggestions from Official Representatives and other friends of the Consortium.  We seek a diversity of people and perspectives.  You may nominate someone from your own institution, or anyone you think is qualified. All Council members must be affiliated with member institutions.  Council members need not be current or former Official Representatives, but they should be active supporters of the social and behavioral science research enterprise.

The slate of six nominees will be announced to Official Representatives during early fall 2015, and the slate will be voted upon by electronic ballot following the OR Meeting in October, during which there will be an opportunity for write-in nominations, as before.  Newly elected members of Council will be seated at the first meeting of Council in 2016.

The Nominating Committee also nominates one of the continuing members to serve a two-year term as Council Chair.  We welcome your suggestions about who should serve in this position. 

In addition to two additional members to be appointed shortly by Council, these are the members of the Nominating Committee:
Christopher H. Achen, Princeton University; achen@princeton.edu
Marilyn Andrews, University of Regina; Marilyn.Andrews@uregina.ca
Tony N. Brown, Vanderbilt University; tony.n.brown@vanderbilt.edu
John Fox, McMaster University; jfox@mcmaster.ca
Linda J. Waite, University of Chicago; l-waite@uchicago.edu
Carl Lagoze, University of Michigan; clagoze@umich.edu

You should feel free to communicate directly with the members of the Nominating Committee (listed above), but it will help us if you send your suggestions to a special email address we have created:
In doing so, please provide a brief summary of the individual's qualifications, and make sure that the nomination reaches us by April 3, 2015. It would also be very helpful if you explained in your nomination why this person’s expertise would be valuable to ICPSR.

For your information, a list of the current members of the Council is below.
Thank you very much for your help with this important task.
George Alter
Director, ICPSR

Current members of the ICPSR Council:
Terms ending 2016:
Christopher H. Achen, Princeton University (Political Science)
Marilyn Andrews, University of Regina (Spatial & Numeric Data Services)
Tony N. Brown, Vanderbilt University (Sociology)
Carl Lagoze, University of Michigan (School of Information)
John Fox, McMaster University (Social Statistics)
Linda J. Waite, University of Chicago (Sociology)

Terms ending 2018:
Janet M. Box-Steffensmeier, Ohio State University (Political Science)
Robert S. Chen, Columbia University & CIESIN (Geography)
Philip N. Jefferson, Swarthmore College (Economics)
Chandra L. Muller, University of Texas at Austin (Sociology)
Ronald Nakao, Stanford University Libraries (Data & Computational Social Science)
William Vega, University of Southern California (Health and Aging)


NAHDAP Summer Workshop on "Secondary Data Analysis and NAHDAP"

NAHDAP will host a course in the ICPSR's Summer Program entitled, "Secondary Data Analysis and the National Addiction & HIV Data Archive Program (NAHDAP)" in Ann Arbor from June 22-24, 2015.

Lisa Dierker from Wesleyan University will teach this three-day workshop that will support participants in planning and conducting secondary data analysis using data sets from NAHDAP. Sessions will include brief presentations focused on the nuts and bolts of secondary data analysis followed by hands on workshop sessions that include one-on-one consultation for conducting your own research. We will consider study design, measurement, data management decisions, selection and use of different analytic tools, best practices in written presentation of results for publication, and available funding opportunities for secondary data analysis projects.

Each participant's experience in the workshop will be individualized to her/his own interests, background, and needs. Both SAS and R software will be supported and early career participants are especially encouraged to apply. The workshop can be used to develop a project based on data from NAHDAP or to make progress on a project already underway.

Prerequisites: Substantive interest in addiction and/or HIV.

: Enrollment is limited to 25 participants. Apply using the Summer Program portal to provide your information, select the course, and complete the section on your quantitative/analytic goals (including the products you hope to generate). Also, upload the following documents via the portal:

* Current curriculum vita
* Cover letter summarizing research interests and experiences

Please also indicate in your cover letter if you use SAS or R, or have no preference.

Deadline: Deadline for application is May 3, 2015.

Fee: There are no tuition fees for accepted participants.

Time: Registration is at 8:30 am on Monday, June 22. Plans are for the course to end around 3 pm on Wednesday, June 24.

NAHDAP is sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.