ICPSR to Survey Web Visitors on Search Behavior

Dear ORs,

We have been improving the search engine on the ICPSR website, and our catalog now allows users to search for data in a number of different ways. To learn more about how researchers search for data, ICPSR will soon present website visitors with a small, optional survey on the front page of the Find & Analyze Data site. This survey offers four strategies for searching for data, and it suggests ways to make each type of search more effective.

Our goal is to improve the experiences of users looking for data at ICPSR. We hope that this survey will help us to concentrate our efforts on the most useful features.

As always, your feedback is greatly appreciated. The survey will be added to the main ICPSR site on May 9, 2014, but you can try it now on our testing and development platform at this link http://staging.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/ICPSR/survey-test.jsp.

Please try it and let us know what you think.


George Alter
Director, ICPSR


New Releases through 2014-04-20

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.


Webinar Announced: Building Restricted-use Data Support Services

Join us for a Webinar on May 5

Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now (https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/948229930)

The purpose of this webinar is to provide an introduction to developing restricted-use data support services. We will cover why data is restricted use, what types of restricted-use data agreements you could encounter, university/research administration involvement and support, computing and physical location security, media storage and security, and publication output restrictions. The webinar will provide several illustrations of (a) applications; (b) step-by-step example of how a restricted-use project is managed; and (c) gotchas to avoid. The webinar is appropriate for a wide range of experiences and expertise including university administrators, researchers, staff who serve a research unit, and librarians who serve an entire campus.


  • Lisa Neidert provides restricted-data support at the Population Studies Center (PSC) at the University of Michigan. There are 48 active restricted-data contracts at PSC ranging from familiar social science data providers to less familiar organizations. The focus of this webinar will be on what to keep track of and your partners in the enterprise (researchers, and technical and administrative personnel). 
  • Jennifer Darragh is the Data Services and Sociology Librarian at Johns Hopkins University, and restricted-data projects coordinator for the Hopkins Population Center (HPC). Jen manages the Milton S. Eisenhower Library Restricted Data Room. From this webinar, you will learn that restricted-use data support can be offered at different levels, and find one that works best for you and your institution.   
  • Andrew Proctor is responsible for processing applications for restricted data for the Data Sharing for Demographic Research (DSDR) project within ICPSR at the University of Michigan. Currently, there are over 30 restricted studies available through the DSDR project. Andrew handles technical and user support for researchers with active restricted-data agreements in addition to assisting new applicants using ICPSR's restricted-data application system.

Title: Building Restricted-use Data Support Services
Date: Monday, May 5, 2014
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. EDT

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

System Requirements
PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 8, 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server

Mac®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.6 or newer

Mobile attendees
Required: iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet


May 1 Deadline Approching to Apply for Summer Workshops

Only a few weeks remain until the May 1, 2014 deadline to register for two summer workshops hosted by the National Addiction and HIV Data Archive Program (NAHDAP).

The "Bayesian Methods for Prevention and Intervention Science" workshop will be held June 30 to July 2, 2014. Dr. David Kaplan, from the University of Wisconsin, is the instructor. The orientation of this workshop is to introduce prevention and intervention scientists to the basic elements of Bayesian statistics and to show, through discussion and practice, why the Bayesian perspective provides a powerful alternative to the frequentist perspective. The workshop will utilize the soon-to-be-released SAFE Children data. Get more information about this workshop and apply online using this link to the ICPSR Summer Program portal.

"The Pathways to Desistance Study: Analyzing the Life Event Calendar Data for Substance Abuse Research" will be held July 28 to July 30, 2014. Drs. Edward Mulvey and Carol Schubert from the University of Pittsburgh are instructors for this workshop. The course will cover data from all four of the current Pathways studies released in the Pathways to Desistance series. The main focus of the workshop will be to introduce researchers on how to utilize the Life Event Calendar Data. Get more information about this workshop and apply online using this link to the ICPSR Summer Program portal.

Both workshops will be in Ann Arbor, MI. Enrollment is free but space is limited and applications are required.

We hope to see you here in Ann Arbor this summer!

NAHDAP is a topical archive in ICPSR and is sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).


Released for the First Time: 2010 National Mental Health Services Survey (N-MHSS) Public-use Data

SAMHSA announces the release of the 2010 N-MHSS, a biennial survey of specialty mental health treatment facilities. For the first time, SAMHSA is making the 2010 N-MHSS public-use data and documentation files available for download and online analysis on the SAMHDA website. Detailed findings and tables are available in the 2010 N-MHSS report from SAMHSA.

The 2010 N-MHSS includes data on the types of services and special programs offered, types of payments accepted, and number and characteristics of clients being served in mental health treatment facilities. The N-MHSS complements the National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services (N-SSATS), another facility-based survey of substance abuse treatment facilities that is similar to the N-MHSS in design and content. The N-SSATS series is also sponsored by SAMHSA and is available on the SAMHDA website.

The 2010 N-MHSS public-use file consists of 10,374 records The following types of mental health treatment facilities were included in the study: psychiatric hospitals; non-federal general hospitals with a separate psychiatric unit; VA medical centers; outpatient or day treatment, or partial hospitalization mental health facilities; residential treatment centers for children; residential treatment centers for adults; and multi-setting (multi-service, non-hospital) mental health facilities.

Access the 2010 N-MHSS study


Measures of Effective Teaching Project Summer Data Workshop Announced

Free Summer Data Workshop
The Measures of Effective Teaching Longitudinal Database: A Review of the MET Project and Available Data

June 9-11, 2014
At ICPSR, Ann Arbor, MI
Application deadline: May 1, 2014

This three-day workshop will offer a broad summary of the Measures of Effective Teaching (MET) Project and resulting Longitudinal Database (MET LDB), including the design and original goals of the MET Project, video collection and scoring procedures, in addition to available data and how they were collected.

The course will include deeper discussion of key elements of the study including the nested data structure (district, school, teacher, student), the randomization process and implications for analysis, and the student surveys. Additionally, time will be spent on practical considerations for current and potential users of the MET data, including logistics of accessing, linking, and scoring the video data, a description of the data file structure and organization, and discussion of the application process and demonstration of the specialized data access tools provided by the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR).

Participants will have temporary access to the MET data via the ICPSR Virtual Data Enclave and Secure Video Player for the duration of the workshop, for both structured exercises and independent work.

The workshop is free, but space is limited.

Please provide a current CV along with a cover letter summarizing your relevant research interest and experience, as well as methodological training. Graduate student applicants must also provide a letter of recommendation from an advisor.  Participants must have an understanding of secondary data, data analysis skills commensurate with analysis of complex data, and knowledge of SPSS, SAS, or Stata. Additionally, participants are expected to review the available documentation and bring to the workshop tentative research questions that can be addressed by the data.

Instructors include original MET Project Partners, MET Early Career Grantees, and ICPSR staff:
  • Elizabeth Covay Minor, Michigan State University
  • Ron Ferguson, Harvard University
  • Brian Rowan, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan
  • Catherine McClellan, Clowder Consulting
  • Jilliam Joe, Educational Testing Service
  • Lesli Scott, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan
  • Ben Kelcey, University of Cincinnati
  • Matthew Steinberg, University of Pennsylvania
  • Johanna Bleckman, ICPSR, University of Michigan
  • Chris Greene, ICPSR, University of Michigan
For more information or to apply, visit:


'Managing and Sharing Research Data' Guide Published by UK Data Archive and UK Data Service Experts

Researchers, postgraduate students and research institutions now have a comprehensive and up-to-date resource for planning their data. On 29 March 2014, the academic publisher SAGE released a new handbook authored by four experts from the UK Data Archive and UK Data Service that consolidates 20 years of expertise in the area.

Managing and Sharing Research Data: A Guide to Good Practice is a 240-page compendium of advice, examples, case studies, and exercises covering a wide range of topics:
  • How to plan your research using a data management checklist
  • How to format and organise data
  • How to store and transfer data
  • Research ethics and privacy in data sharing and intellectual property rights
  • Data strategies for collaborative research
  • How to publish and cite data
  • How to make use of other people's research data
This is information of critical interest now, as research funders in the UK, US, and across Europe are implementing data management and sharing policies to maximize the transparency, reuse and accountability of research data funded and produced.

The authors -- Louise Corti, Veerle Van den Eynden, Libby Bishop, and Matthew Woollard, all at the University of Essex -- have compiled and improved the guidance over decades of working directly UK researchers funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). The handbook builds on guidance previously published by the UK Data Archive and UK Data Service. By having a publisher like SAGE acknowledge this vital and under-taught topic we hope that it will join the mainstream research methods literature that make up standard reading lists.

"The ESRC considers that effective data management is an essential precondition for generating high quality reusable data," says Paul Boyle, Chief Executive of the ESRC. "Researchers need to be armed with the knowledge and skills to ensure that the data they create and manage can be exploited to the maximum potential for further research. This book offers these skills in an approachable way."

"[The book's] great strength is the way it combines thought-provoking practical exercises, exemplars and checklists for action, and case studies with the rationale for action on each topic, addressing potential concerns and pitfalls," says Jude England, head of social sciences for The British Library.

"Whether beginner or experienced professor, every researcher will find helpful up-to-date advice in the pages of Managing and Sharing Research Data," adds Nigel Fielding, professor in social research methodology at the University of Surrey. "This book is a much-needed resource that will serve the field well."

More Information
The book is available in hardback and paperback and can be ordered online. Orders through SAGE are eligible for a £4.99 discount; enter the promotional code UK14SM12 at checkout.