2014-04-29

May 1 Deadline Approaching to Apply for 2 Summer Workshops Hosted by NAHDAP

Only a few days 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-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" workshop will be held July 28-30, 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 at ICPSR and is sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

2014-04-28

New Study Released: Supporting Healthy Marriage Evaluation: Eight Sites within the United States, 2003-2013 [Restricted Use]

DSDR is pleased to announce the release of Supporting Healthy Marriage Evaluation: Eight Sites within the United States, 2003-2013 (ICPSR 34420). This study was conducted by JoAnn Hsueh and Virginia Knox at MDRC.

The Supporting Healthy Marriage (SHM) evaluation was launched in 2003 to develop, to implement, and to test the effectiveness of a program aimed at strengthening low-income couples' marriages as one approach for supporting stable and nurturing family environments and parents' and children's well-being. The evaluation was led by MDRC and was sponsored by the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation in the Administration for Children and Families, United States Department of Health and Human Services. The SHM program was a voluntary yearlong marriage education program for low-income married couples who had children or were expecting a child. The program provided a series of group workshops based on structured curricula designed to enhance couples' relationships; supplemental activities to build on workshop themes; and family support services to address participation barriers, connect families with other services, and reinforce curricular themes.

Users should be aware that all parts of this study are restricted from general dissemination. Users who wish to access Supporting Health Marriage (SHM) restricted data must submit an application via ICPSR's online Data Access Request System (IDARS). For further information about the application process, please contact Andrew Proctor (atproctr@umich.edu). Information on how to apply for restricted data can be found here.

2014-04-25

Research Connections Announces Summer Workshop on Head Start Data

Child Care & Early Education Research Connections will present a free summer data workshop titled "Maximizing the Head Start Impact Study: New Third Grade Follow-Up Data, Contextual Variables, and Approaches to Understanding Variation in Impacts" on July 16-18, 2014, in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

The Head Start Impact Study (HSIS) is a large, longitudinal, nationally representative study of the Head Start Population, aimed at determining how Head Start affects their school readiness. Join us for a fresh look at this significant dataset, including discussion of new methodology for better understanding impacts, and new variables that allow for contextual analysis and follow-up of children through third grade. Participants will have time to work on-site with all of the available data, with the instructors providing guidance and support.

Head Start Impact Study and the Third Grade Follow-up to the Head Start Impact Study

Dr. Camilla Heid, Westat, and Ms. Ronna Cook, Ronna Cook Associates, will lead a session providing an overview of the study purpose, methods, and key findings for the HSIS and the subsequent Third Grade Follow-up. The presentation will include a discussion of the sample selection, random assignment, instruments, analysis, basic weights, data files, and tips for using the datasets.

New Analysis Method: Impact Variation

Dr. Christina Weiland, University of Michigan, will lead a session on detecting and quantifying variation in the effects of assignment to Head Start. She will cover the conceptual framework and statistical principles behind this new and evolving methodology. Dr. Weiland also will present findings on variation in the impacts of Head Start assignment.

Added Variables: Neighborhood Data

Dr. Dana McCoy, Harvard University, and Ms. Maia Connors, NYU, will lead a session on the new publicly available neighborhood data associated with the HSIS. This session will cover the origins of the neighborhood data, descriptions of key variables, and tips for matching the data with centers and center groups. The instructors will also present their own work as examples of how the neighborhood data can be applied.

Tips and Tricks

Dr. Christina Weiland, Dr. Dana McCoy, and Maia Connors will lead a session on tips, tricks, and lessons learned in using the HSIS data. This session will deepen participants' understanding of particularly challenging and complex aspects of these data. The session will cover a variety of topics including decisions regarding the use of sampling weights, measures of classroom quality, and choosing among similar variables. Participants will have the opportunity to explore some of these issues and familiarize themselves with the data in hands-on practice sessions.

Participants are expected to have a basic understanding of secondary data, fundamental data analysis skills including multi-level modeling, knowledge of SPSS, SAS, or Stata, and a substantive interest in early care and education. Please include in your cover letter a description of any prior experience with the HSIS. The workshop is free, but enrollment is limited. Researchers interested in using this dataset to answer policy relevant questions in child development and early care and education are encouraged to apply. All applications must include a vita and cover letter summarizing research interests and experiences. Admitted graduate students, post-doctoral scholars, and junior faculty/researchers will be considered for one of a limited number of stipends to help with travel and housing costs. To be considered for one of these awards, applicants must also submit a letter of support from a senior faculty member, mentor, or advisor.

Application deadline: May 30, 2014
Workshop date: July 16-18, 2014
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan:
Applications are competitive. A limited number of stipends will be awarded to help with travel and housing costs.

For more information or to apply, please visit the course page: (http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/sumprog/courses/0183)

2014-04-24

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.

Thanks,

George Alter
Director, ICPSR

2014-04-18

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.

Presenters:
  • 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

2014-04-15

Transfer of Add Health Restricted-use Data Agreements to UNC-Chapel Hill

Effective May 5, 2014, the Carolina Population Center (CPC) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) will be responsible for disseminating restricted-use data from The National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health). CPC also resumes responsibility for overseeing the Add Health restricted-use data agreements that are currently in place between data users’ institutions and Data Sharing and Demographic Research at the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), University of Michigan.
As a result of the above changes in Add Health restricted-use data dissemination, your Add Health Restricted-use Data Agreement with ICPSR will be transferred to CPC on July 1, 2014. Your data use agreement will remain in effect until its current end-date but administration of the agreement will move from ICPSR to CPC.

Current investigators who wish to renew or modify an existing agreement should continue to contact ICPSR until May 2, 2014. After May 2, 2014, no renewals, modifications, or requests for data will be accepted at ICPSR and must instead be requested through CPC (see http://www.cpc.unc.edu/projects/addhealth/data/restricteduse).

2014-04-14

May 1 Deadline Approaching 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).

2014-04-07

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

2014-04-01

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: