SETUPS Voting Behavior: 2012 Election Teaching Resource Available

ICPSR today announced that the Voting Behavior: 2012 Election Web site is ready for use. It is a new SETUPS (Supplementary Empirical Teaching Units in Political Science) module that provides students the ability to analyze an accessible dataset drawn from the 2012 American National Election Study (ANES) survey of the American electorate. (The ANES is funded by the National Science Foundation.)

Charles Prysby, professor of political science at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro,  and Carmine Scavo, associate professor of political science at East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C., developed the new module to give students the opportunity to analyze data from the most recent presidential election.

Access to the Voting Behavior: 2012 Election module is open to the general public. Membership in APSA or ICPSR is not required.

Using the Voting Behavior: 2012 Election module:

  • Instructors easily can integrate the SETUPS exercises into the curriculum.
  • Students can analyze data from the ANES surveys without need for other statistical software.
  • Users can learn key issues in the campaigns and reasons why voters choose a candidate.
  • Students can gain understanding of key concepts related to research methods and data analysis.

The American Political Science Association (APSA) and the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) have collaborated to develop and distribute the SETUPS instructional modules for four decades. For users interested in historical perspectives, the 2004 and 2008 Voting Behavior SETUPS remain available on the ICPSR Web site.

For questions email ICPSR Instructional Resources at lhoelter@umich.edu or call 734-615-5653.


MET LDB: Now Accepting Data Use Agreement Applications

We are pleased to announce that the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research is now accepting applications for use of the Measures of Effective Teaching Longitudinal Database (MET LDB).  The data will be available to approved researchers beginning mid-September, 2013.  Please visit the MET LDB site for more information and to begin your application

The MET LDB is restricted from general dissemination; a Confidential Data Use Agreement must be established prior to access. Researchers interested in gaining access to the data can submit their applications via ICPSR's online Restricted Contracting System.

Applicants will be required to:
  • Submit contact information for all members of their MET research team;
  • Agree to the Confidential Data Security Plan;
  • Submit IRB approval/exemption documentation;
  • Scan and upload the completed Confidential Data Use Agreement, signed by the Primary Investigator and an Institutional Representative;
  • Pay a $500 access fee
Please direct all questions to MET-LDB-inquiries@umich.edu


Pew Hispanic Center National Surverys of Latinos

The Roper Center, a data archive dedicated to public opinion research recently announced the release of the two national surveys of Latinos covering the years 2009 and 2010.
  • Pew Hispanic Center 2009 National Survey of Latinos focused primarily on Latino youth, including questions regarding educational experiences, identity, discrimination, social values, teen sexual activity, parental relationships, crime, and media and technology use.  While Latinos ages 16-25 were oversampled, Latinos ages 26 and older were also interviewed in regards to almost all of the survey topics, as well.
  •  Pew Hispanic Center 2010 National Survey of Latinos focused on politics and the 2010 midterm elections, Hispanic leadership, attitudes regarding immigration and enforcement, discrimination, and technology and media use.


Second Annual Data Seal of Approval Conference

October 8, 2013, in Ann Arbor, MI

In cooperation with the ICPSR Biennial Meeting of Official Representatives conference, "Beyond Access: Curating Data for Discovery, Re-Use, and Impact," October 9-11

Please join us for this year’s Data Seal of Approval conference, which is open to all:

Theme: Data Seal of Approval Conference 2013
Date: Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Location: Ann Arbor, MI, on the campus of the University of Michigan

The Data Seal of Approval is an initiative to provide basic certification to data repositories. Receiving the DSA signifies that data are being safeguarded in compliance with community standards and will remain accessible into the future. The DSA and its quality guidelines are relevant to researchers, organizations that archive data, and users of the data.

We have an interesting program planned for the conference. Topics will include:
  • Information on the Data Seal of Approval, including how to apply for the DSA
  • The World Data System and how it compares with the DSA
  • Case studies
  • The Research Data Alliance (RDA) work on certification

Speakers will include experts from the field of digital preservation. View the full DSA conference program

Attendance at the DSA Conference 2013 is free of charge. Register

All participants are also invited to attend the ICPSR Biennial Meeting of Official Representatives taking place October 9-11. You can register for that meeting at the above link as well. The meeting program is available.