New Ten-Year Restricted-use NSDUH Data Released with Counties and Other Geographic Variables Added

The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH): 10-Year Substate R-DAS (2002 to 2011) data are now available from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data Archive (SAMHDA) for online analysis using the Restricted-use Data Analysis System (R-DAS).

Variables available in the NSDUH 10-Year R-DAS file include a number of geographic variables not found in other R-DAS files. These variables identify a limited number of counties, core-based statistical areas, combined statistical areas, metropolitan divisions, and other geographic regions.

Other NSDUH R-DAS data files also available for analysis using the R-DAS are these:

Note: The NSDUH R-DAS data files do not allow for the creation of single-year estimates. The 10-year file permits pooled estimates for the entire 10-year period. Similarly, the 2-, 4-, and 8-year data files allow for pooled analysis of data in 2-, 4-, and 8-year periods, respectively.

Visit the NSDUH: 10-Year Substate R-DAS study home page  
Access the R-DAS 


ICPSR's 2014 Student Research Paper Deadline Approaching

Don't miss it! The January 31, 2014, submission deadline for the ICPSR Student Research Paper Competitions is approaching soon.

The four competitions are: (view eligibility criteria)
  • ICPSR Research Paper Competition, for analyses on any topic using data from the ICPSR Archive or Thematic Collections. Separate undergraduate and master's prizes.
  • NAHDAP Research Paper Competition, for analyses on topics related to addiction and HIV that are based on quantitative analysis. Now also open to PhD students.
  • IFSS Research Paper Competition, for analyses on any topic using Integrated Fertility Survey Series data.
  • RCMD Research Paper Competition, for analyses on issues of minorities and immigrants in the US, using data from the Resource Center for Minority Data.
Awards: $1,000 for first place and $750 for second place, and publication on the ICPSR Research Paper Competition Winners website and in a special edition of the ICPSR Bulletin for the first-place winners.

Visit the ICPSR's Research Paper Competition website for details and Entry Forms.

Learn more:
Research Paper Competition Page
Research Paper Competition Flyer


Does better measuring of race mean a better understanding of health?

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The authors measure race with a survey. The survey includes questions that consider three dimensions of race: ascribed race (or what people think others see as their race), skin color, and experience with discrimination. Garcia then combined these questions into a scale. Unlike other measures that consider race to be genetic or biological, Garcia’s scale approaches race as a socio-cultural construct. Race is typically captured through self-identification utilizing social identity theory.   (more)

Online Dating Shows Us the Cold, Hard Facts about Race in America


The data show that white men and Asian women receive the most interest, whereas black men and women receive the least amount of interest. The writers at Quartz summarize the findings as follows:
Unfortunately the data reveal winners and losers. All men except Asians preferred Asian women, while all except black women preferred white men. And both black men and black women got the lowest response rates for their respective genders.


White Paper Urges New Approaches to Assure Access to Scientific Data

More than two dozen data repositories serving the social, natural, and physical sciences have released a white paper recommending new approaches to funding the sharing and preservation of scientific data. The document emphasizes the need for sustainable funding of domain repositories — data archives with ties to specific scientific communities.

"Sustaining Domain Repositories for Digital Data: A White Paper" (PDF 52KB), is an outcome of a meeting convened June 24-25, 2013, in Ann Arbor. The meeting, organized by the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) and supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, was attended by representatives of 22 data repositories from a wide spectrum of scientific disciplines.

Domain repositories accelerate intellectual discovery by facilitating data reuse and reproducibility. They leverage in-depth subject knowledge as well as expertise in data curation to make data accessible and meaningful to specific scientific communities. However, domain repositories face an uncertain financial future in the United States, as funding remains unpredictable and inadequate. Unlike our European competitors who support data archiving as necessary scientific infrastructure, the US does not assure the long-term viability of data archives.

"This white paper aims to start a conversation with funding agencies about how secure and sustainable funding can be provided for domain repositories," said ICPSR Director George Alter. "We're suggesting ways that modifications in US funding agencies' policies can help domain repositories to achieve their mission."

Five recommendations are offered to encourage data stewardship and support sustainable repositories:

  • Commit to sustaining institutions that assure the long-term preservation and viability of research data
  • Promote cooperation among funding agencies, universities, domain repositories, journals, and other stakeholders
  • Support the human and organizational infrastructure for data stewardship as well as the hardware
  • Establish review criteria appropriate for data repositories
  • Incentivize Principal Investigators (PIs) to archive data

While a single funding model may not fit all disciplines, new approaches are urgently needed, the paper says.

"What's really remarkable about this effort — the meeting and the resulting white paper — has been the consensus across disciplines from astronomy to archaeology to proteomics," Alter said. "More than two dozen domain repositories from so many disciplines are saying the same thing: Data sharing can produce more science, but data stewards must know the needs of their scientific communities."

This white paper is a must read for anyone who wants to understand the role of scientific domain repositories and their critical role in the advancement of science. It can be downloaded from this page.

The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), based in Ann Arbor, MI, is the largest archive of behavioral and social science research data in the world. It advances research by acquiring, curating, preserving, and distributing original research data.

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation is a philanthropic, not-for-profit grantmaking institution based in New York City. Established in 1934, the Foundation makes grants in support of original research and education in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and economic performance.


NAHDAP Expands Student Research Paper Competition to Include PhD Students

The National Addiction and HIV Data Archive Program (NAHDAP) is expanding its Research Paper Competition to allow submissions from PhD students.  Eligibility criteria now includes:  
  • Current PhD, master's, or undergraduate students, or recent graduates who graduated on or after April 1, 2013. (Students who graduated before April 1, 2013, are not eligible.)
  • From ICPSR member or nonmember institutions.
  • From the US or outside the US.
The paper must be on the topic of drug addiction or HIV, and students are encouraged to use these data released by the National Addiction and HIV Data Archive Program. The purpose of the competition is to highlight exemplary research papers on topics related to addiction and HIV that are based on quantitative analysis. 

The awards are $1,000 for first place and $750 for second place, publication on the ICPSR Research Paper Competition Winners website and in a special edition of the ICPSR Bulletin for the first-place winners.

Visit the ICPSR Research Paper Competition website for details. Deadline for submissions is January 31, 2014.

Read more:
Selected Studies for NAHDAP Contest
ICPSR Research Paper Competition Page
ICPSR Research Paper Competition Winners
ICPSR Research Paper Competition Flyer


ICPSR Researcher's Book Looks at Early Life Conditions, Effects on Health of Older Adults

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Mary McEniry
Book cover image: Early Life Conditions and Rapid Demographic Changes in the Developing WorldMary McEniry, director of the Data Sharing for Demographic Research project at ICPSR, has published "Early Life Conditions and Rapid Demographic Changes in the Developing World: Consequences for Older Adult Health." The book presents findings from historical data and the RELATE study survey data on more than 147,000 older adults in 20 low-, middle-, and high-income countries.

The book examines how rapid reductions in child and infant mortality from the 1930s to the 1960s without an accompanying rise in standard of living in some developing countries resulted in cohorts that included larger numbers of infants and children who survived exposure to poor nutrition and infectious diseases but whose health may now be more at risk as they age because of these early life conditions. It reports that as a result of these historical circumstances there may be increased numbers of elderly people in some developing countries who are more susceptible to adult heart disease and diabetes and who are at higher risk of dying.

The book also discusses policy implications for the developing world as those nations experience disproportionate increases in the growth of their older populations.

The publisher is Springer Science and Business Media Publishers. ISBN: 978-94-007-6978-6

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China Data Center Plays Key Role in Spatial Study of Chinese Religions and Society

The Center on Religion and Chinese Society at Purdue University and the China Data Center at the University of Michigan are pleased to announce the project "Spatial Study of Chinese Religions and Society" supported by a three-year, $400,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation.

The project is an extension of a project on the spatial study of Chinese Christianity, which was supported by a prior Luce Foundation grant of $300,000 from 2011 to 2014. The new project will expand the current research to include the study of Buddhism, Islam, and Taoism in mainland China.

The project will:
  1. Develop global research and data collaboration on the study of Chinese religions
  2. Provide effective spatial information technology in support of interested global users
  3. Promote empirical, qualitative, and quantitative research on Chinese religions
  4. Enhance Americans' knowledge and understanding of Chinese religious studies
  5. Educate the general public about Chinese religions
  6. Explore and facilitate international research, teaching, learning, and training collaborations on the social scientific study of religions

Specifically, the project will:
  1. Complete, validate, and enter spatial data on Protestant, Catholic, Buddhist, Islamic, and Taoist sites into an online system
  2. Develop an online spatial information explorer that will be accessible to the public, useful to professionals, and valuable to academics teaching about Chinese religions
  3. Conduct theory-driven and empirical studies using the spatial data and online system
  4. Use these studies as exemplars for the training of professionals and researchers

The project is directed by Dr. Z. George Hong, professor of history at Purdue University Calumet and co-director of the Center on Religion and Chinese Society at Purdue University); Dr. Fenggang Yang, professor of sociology, director of the Center on Religion and Chinese Society at Purdue University, and president-elect of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, 2013-2016); and Dr. Shuming Bao, director of the China Data Center (CDC) at the University of Michigan. The CDC is a partner of the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) and it is located at ICPSR headquarters in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

For more details, please visit The Spatial Study of Religion and Society website or send an email to director@ReligionInChina.org.


ICPSR Launches New Strategic Plan Website

ICPSR Strategic Plan Introduction page
The Strategic Plan Introduction page
ICPSR's new Strategic Plan is now available online. This Plan is the result of approximately a year of effort to develop a multiyear vision and set priorities for the organization to maintain our leadership position in data curation and stewardship and to promote social and behavioral research.

The plan lays out three strategic goals and four strategic directions for ICPSR. These directions and their related strategies leverage the organization's historic and current success, its strong membership and partnership network, and its position as a leader in order to increase stakeholder value and support a vibrant field of social and behavioral research. The Plan also introduces an updated Mission Statement.

We appreciate the work of all who contributed their time, effort, and insights to the process, including ISR and ICPSR staff members, the ICPSR Council, Official Representatives, partner institutions, and others.

We encourage you to read the new Plan, and we welcome your comments.