New Data Released: Mathematics Teaching in the 21st Century

The Education Research Data Sharing Initiative, an AERA-ICPSR Partnership, has released a new study, Mathematics Teaching in the 21st Century, or MT21.

MT21 is a cross-national study of the preparation of middle school mathematics teachers.  It was designed to answer the following question: how shall we prepare our future teachers to teach a more rigorous curriculum to all students?  Data were collected from teachers in their first and last years of preparation by sampling institutions in each country.  Future teachers were asked about their backgrounds, course-taking and program activities, knowledge relevant to their teaching (mathematical and pedagogical), and beliefs and perspectives on content and pedagogy. It is hoped that the resulting international data will not only serve to provide policy insights but will also bring about change by making visible contrasts with other countries in terms of teacher preparation in the United States.

Visit the study homepage for more information:

Mathematics Teaching in the 21st Century


Pathways to Desistance Release Data Available

NAHDAP is pleased to announce the release of the next study in the Pathways to Desistance series. The new "Release" data file contains interviews conducted with the juvenile offender after a stay in a residential or institutional facility. The interview focuses on the youths’ perceptions regarding various aspects of their environment during their stay. Over half of the study’s participants completed interviews in this particular aspect of the Pathway’s project. Most youth had more than one stay in a facility over the course of the seven years that they were followed. Therefore most youths will have more than one interview in the data file. Due to the sensitive nature of some of the topics covered in the release interview this study has been restricted. Please visit the study’s home page to read more about this study and to apply for access.


ICPSR Summer Program to offer courses on data curation and disclosure risk

The  ICPSR Summer Program is offering data science workshops this year focused on data curation and disclosure risk. Please click on the course titles below for full descriptions and information on enrolling.

Curating and Managing Research Data for Re-use, July 29-August 2, 2013 (New version of Applied Data Science course offered in 2012). This five-day workshop will explore and apply the concepts and benefits of life cycle principles for data curation, from preparing data for archiving to optimizing data for reuse. An ICPSR social science dataset will serve as a case study and participants will track the dataset as it makes its way through the ICPSR data pipeline. Emphasis will be placed on hands-on exercises demonstrating curation practices and on small group discussions for sharing local experiences and learning from others.

Assessing and Mitigating Disclosure Risk: Essentials for Social Scientists, August 5-8, 2013. This course will address ways researchers and data managers can safeguard respondent confidentiality in shared data, including public-use vs. restricted-use files, online analysis systems with automatic disclosure protection controls, and tools to assess and document disclosure risk.

The course on Providing Services will be offered next year in 2014.

For more information, contact JoAnne McFarland O'Rourke at (734) 615-9530 or jmcfar@umich.edu


New Releases through 2013-02-17

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.


ICPSR to award $20,000 challenge grants for projects on open access and data stewardship

ICPSR is pleased to announce a Challenge Grants program funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Through this program, ICPSR will fund innovative projects to promote open access to data, support research transparency, improve data citation, and more generally build good practice in data management and stewardship. ICPSR expects to award three to five grants of up to $20,000 each. Proposals are due on April 15, 2013.

For example, we're looking for projects that will result in published articles in peer-reviewed journals or presentations at major conferences; research on the costs of data archiving or on data replication practices; or innovative business models for data repositories.

More information on the Challenge Grants program is available at http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/files/datamanagement/sloan-challenge-2013.pdf.

Individuals interested in applying should also attend the upcoming Webinar on "Improving Data Citation and Data Management: The Sloan-ICPSR Challenge Grants Program" to learn more about the program and how to apply. This Webinar will be offered on Friday, February 22, at 12pm EST. To register, please go to https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/729908986.


Jekielek to lead ICPSR Education Archive

ICPSR is pleased to welcome Susan Jekielek as our new Director of the Education and Child Care Archive.

Jekielek comes to ICPSR from the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation within the Administration for Children and Families at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 

While at OPRE, Jekielek oversaw early care and education research grants, and worked with agencies across the government to track and improve measurement of child and family well-being in national surveys. Jekielek has also held research appointments at the Center for Human Resource Research at Ohio State University and Child Trends, Inc.  Recently, she participated in the design team for the National Study of Early Care and Education.

"We are very excited that Dr. Jekielek is joining us as Director of ICPSR's Education and Childcare Data Archive," said ICPSR Director George Alter. "Our activities in this area are expanding rapidly, and we have important projects with the National Center for Children in Poverty, the American Education Research Association, and the Gates Foundation. Dr. Jekielek brings a wealth of experience from both her own research on children and her work at the Administration for Children and Families."

Dr. Jekielek received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the Ohio State University.


Ohio State Crime and Justice Summer Research Institute

Faculty pursuing tenure and career success in research intensive institutions, academics transitioning from teaching to research institutions, and faculty members carrying out research in teaching contexts will be interested in this Summer Research Institute. Organized by *Ruth D. Peterson* and funded by the National Science Foundation and Ohio State University, the institute is designed to promote successful research projects and careers among faculty from underrepresented groups working in areas of crime and criminal justice. During the institute, each participant will complete an ongoing project (either a research paper or grant proposal) in preparation for journal submission or agency funding review. In addition, participants will gain information that will serve as a tool-kit tailored to successful navigation of the academic setting.
The Summer Research Institute will provide participants with:
  • Resources for completing their research projects;
  • Senior faculty mentors in their areas of study;
  • Opportunities to network with junior and senior scholars;
  • Workshops addressing topics related to publishing, professionalization and career planning;
  • Travel expenses to Ohio, housing in Columbus, and living expenses.
The institute will culminate in a research symposium where participants present their completed research before a scholarly audience.

For more information go to: *CJRC Summer Institute*

*Access the 2013 application here.*



NIDA Summer Research Program for HS and Undergraduate Students

Each year the National Institute on Drug Abuse sponsors a summer research program for high school and undergraduate students from underrepresented groups. The program will provide meaningful research experience and mentorship in the field of drug abuse and addiction. Selection criteria is based upon career goals, interests, academic achievement, and faculty recommendation. For further information regarding qualifications and program descriptions download the brochure. Applications are due February 15th.

Summer Program enrollment open

Enrollment in the 2013 ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Science Research is now open!

The Summer Program has offered a comprehensive curriculum in research design, statistics, data analysis, and social science methodology since its creation 50 years ago. The Program enjoyed record enrollment in the past few years, reaching the milestone of 1,000 participants in 2012.

More than 70 courses are being offered this year, including four-week sessions and three- to five-day workshops. More workshops will be added to the schedule in the coming weeks.

Registration is done through our online portal, and a full schedule is also posted on our Web site. A MyData account is required for registration.

For more information, email sumprog@icpsr.umich.edu or call 734-763-7400.

New Releases through 2013-02-10

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.


New Report Focuses on US Health from an International Perspective

Why does the United States spend more money on health care than any other country while achieving comparatively poorer health outcomes? This is the question posed by a recent report titled US Health in International Perspective: Shorter Lives, Poorer Health, which was conducted by the National Research Council (NRC) and the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The report finds that inferior health outcomes in the US cannot be fully explained by the presence of a large uninsured population or by socioeconomic disadvantages; indeed, it uncovers that well-off Americans with healthy lifestyles also experience poorer health compared to their counterparts in other developed countries. To explicate this paradox, the report evaluates a number of plausible explanations, from weaknesses in the US health care system to the prevalence of unhealthy behaviors to adverse social conditions and environmental factors. As Steven H. Woolf, Chair of the Panel tasked with compiling the report, states in the report's Preface, "Our panel was unprepared for the gravity of the findings we uncovered. We hope that others will take notice."