2014-05-28

Webinar series recordings posted for viewing

The 2014 MET LDB Spring Webinar Series is available on ICPSR's YouTube Channel:
 
Using the MET LDB Video Data: Access, scoring, and linking
  Recorded webinar, visit: http://bit.ly/1kl74CG

Lesli Scott, Survey Research Center, ISR

Johanna Bleckman, ICPSR, ISR

An introduction for current or future users of the MET LDB video data to the secure video player, including logistics of selecting and streaming video files, logistics of video scoring, and linking videos to the associated quantitative data.  Also discussed are the unique confidentiality concerns inherent in video data and strategies for mitigating risk. 


Random Assignment in the MET LDB: A discussion of the MET randomization process, implications for analysis, and relevant research
  Recorded webinar, visit: http://bit.ly/SohwOI

Doug Staiger, Dartmouth College (MET Project Partner)

Matthew Steinberg, University of Pennsylvania (NAEd MET Early Career Grantee)

Johanna Bleckman, ICPSR, ISR

An overview of the MET Project’s randomization process, discussion of compliance and implications for analysis, and practical tips for secondary analysis using the randomized blocks.  Also discussed are currently unanswered research questions that can be explored using these data. 

MET Early Career Grantees: Research projects underway and preliminary findings
  Recorded webinar, visit: http://bit.ly/1l5b9ut

Rachel Garret, American Institutes for Research

Bryant Jensen, Brigham Young University

Ben Kelcey, University of Cincinnati

Johanna Bleckman, ICPSR, ISR


A discussion of the diverse research projects and preliminary findings by three of the National Academy of Education’s MET Early Career Grantees. 
 +        From Practice to Performance: The Role of Observed Teacher Instruction in Student Achievement

Rachel Garrett, American Institutes for Research, with Co-PI, Matthew Steinberg, University of Pennsylvania
 +        Measuring Cultural Dimensions of Classroom Interactions

Bryant Jensen, Brigham Young University
 +        Measuring Teaching with Cross-classified Random Item Effects Item Response Models

Ben Kelcey, University of Cincinnati

Video Data Within the MET LDB: Video capture, scoring protocols,and measures used

  Recorded webinar, visit: http://bit.ly/1pG0sli
Catherine McClellan, Clowder Consulting (MET Project Partner)

Jilliam Joe, ETS (MET Project Partner)

Johanna Bleckman, ICPSR, ISR

An overview of the video capture process, along with discussion of measures and scoring protocols used as part of the original MET study.  The MET Partners who designed and directed the video scoring lead the discussion, including implications for current and future users of the video data.  


Please contact MET-LDB-Inquiries@umich.edu with questions on this webinar series.

2014-05-27

DSDR welcomes Colleen and Erica to the project

The DSDR team is pleased to welcome two new research assistants, Colleen Smythe and Erica Gehringer, to the project. Both Erica and Colleen are recent graduates of the University of Michigan with degrees in Sociology.

Erica plans to take a gap year from school to gain research experience through the ICPSR before applying into a Sociology Ph.D program. She wishes to pursue a career in family and adoption research.

Colleen is considering pursuing a Ph.D in sociology, and hopes her experience at ICPSR will help her conduct her own survey research in the future.

Both Colleen and Erica are excited to contribute to the project and learn new skills in research and data management.

2014-05-20

CMGPD Training Guide Video: The CMGPD and Other Sources

The China Multi-Generational Panel Datasets (CMGPD) Series, which is disseminated by DSDR, is a project that links historical and contemporary archival sources, social surveys, genealogies, inscriptions, and oral histories to create large individual level panel datasets extending from late imperial to contemporary China. The research emphasizes how despite recent profound political, social, and economic changes, many distinctive institutions and patterns of demographic behavior, stratification, and social mobility persist from China's imperial past.

Cameron Campbell, the PI, has added audio narration to the portions of the existing Training Guide for the study. He has created a video playlist on YouTube with narrated modules that introduce the CMGPD and compare it to other sources commonly used in the study of historical demography and quantitative social history. This playlist will be continually updated in the coming weeks to provide an audio accompaniment to the most important parts of the Training Guide.

2014-05-16

DSDR webinar held on Restricted Data Applications, May 5, 2014

On May 5, 2014, DSDR sponsored a webinar in conjunction with its partners, the Hopkins Population Center, the Population Studies Center at the University of Michigan and ICPSR (NICHD grant number U24 HD048404). The full webinar can be viewed here. The PowerPoint slides from the webinar are available and can be found here. A report prepared by Jennifer Darragh and Emily Agree from Johns Hopkins University can also be found here.
 
The overall goal of the webinar was to identify and communicate best practices in the acquisition and management of restricted data applications by showcasing examples from three institutional settings. The webinar provided an introduction to developing restricted-use data support services. It covered why data are considered to be restricted use, what types of restricted-use data agreements could be encountered, university/research administration involvement and support, computing and physical location security, media storage and security, and publication output restrictions. The webinar provided several illustrations of (a) applications; (b) step-by-step examples of how a restricted-use project is managed; and (c) "gotchas" to avoid. The webinar attracted over 120 professionals with a wide range of experiences and expertise including university administrators, researchers, data management and IT professionals, staff who serve a research unit, and librarians who serve an entire campus.

Presenters included:
  • Jennifer Darragh, 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. Jennifer discussed how restricted-use data support can be offered at different levels, and offered suggestions about developing a service that works best for you and your institution.
  • 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. She discussed what to keep track of and partners in the enterprise (researchers, and technical and administrative personnel).
  • 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. He discussed how to organize for processing applications, features of a good online management system, security issues and recent innovations being developed by ICPSR that will benefit the DSDR project.



Director of Domestic Research at Guttmacher Institute visits ISR

Dr. Lawrence Finer, Director of Domestic Research at the Guttmacher Institute in New York, visited ISR during the week of May 12th along with his colleague, Ann Moore. They discussed ways in which DSDR and the Guttmacher Institute could work together in disseminating information and data in regards to NICHD-funded surveys now being completed in Africa.

2014-05-15

New funding opportunity for the Supporting Healthy Marriage Evaluation study (ICPSR 34420)

The Office of Planning Research and Evaluation (OPRE) within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is soliciting applications for secondary analysis of Strengthening Families data grants. The cooperative agreements will fund research to conduct secondary data analysis of the Supporting Healthy Marriage study, which is archived with DSDR, and the Building Strong Families and Community Healthy Marriage Initiative datasets, which are archived with the General Archive at ICPSR.

Those interested in applying should submit a letter of intent by June 16, 2014 and an application by July 16, 2014.

Click here for more information about this funding opportunity.

2014-05-13

ICPSR Announces its 8 Undergraduate Interns for Summer 2014

ICPSR announces the eight participants in this year's Summer Internship Program for undergraduates (REU Site: The Quantitative Social Science Research at the University of Michigan). More than 240 applicants sought to participate in this 10th year of this highly competitive program. The interns will be placed in the following topical archives at ICPSR: Child Care & Early Education Research Connections, National Addiction & HIV Data Archive Program (NAHDAP), Resource Center for Minority Data (RCMD), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data Archive (SAMHDA) and the General Archive (Members Archive).

During their 10 weeks in Ann Arbor, from June 2 to August 8, the interns will:
  • Gain experience with processing data and learn popular statistical software packages, including SAS, SPSS, STATA, and R
  • Attend graduate-level courses in the ICPSR Summer Program
  • Participate in the Lunch and Lecture series
  • Complete a research project resulting in conference-ready posters
The Summer Internship Program's objective is to support ICPSR's strategic focus on inclusion and diversity by expanding to undergraduates valuable educational opportunities involving social science research data. As with prior internship cohorts, we will encourage the interns to pursue graduate studies or a career in the social or behavioral sciences. Perhaps in the future they will be data depositors, summer program instructors, Official Representatives, or even Council members.

The Internship Program is proud to number 48 alumni. Many currently attend graduate school, or have successfully completed their schooling and have started a career in the social or behavioral sciences.

The Internship Program is managed by Abayomi Israel (Intern Alumni class of 2005), with John Garcia of the RCMD and the Summer Program, and Lynette Hoelter of the Instructional Resources unit serving as Co-Principal Investigators and providing support and guidance as Research Program Mentors. Each intern also will be assigned an experienced data processor as his/her Process Mentor. In addition, the interns will have the opportunity receive support on their summer research projects and advice on graduate school from the ICPSR faculty and staff.

The following are the 2014 interns:

La'Shante Grigsby
Clark Atlanta University, GA
Archive: NAHDAP

Grigsby is a Sociology major, with a minor in Criminal Justice, graduating in 2014. She currently holds a 3.55 GPA and has been on the Dean's List 2010-present. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society; previously she was secretary of the university's National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice (NABCJ) student chapter. In summer 2012, she was a junior analyst in the Peace and Conflict Resolution semester program at American University in Washington, DC. Grigsby also has been active as a Youth Outreach Volunteer at AID Atlanta, where she provided HIV/AIDS education to peers and parents; as a volunteer at Camp High Five in Winder, Georgia, where she helped HIV-affected children; and as an intern at the DC Metropolitan Police Department Headquarters, where she processed reports of sexual crimes and assisted detectives. Although she has experience using a variety of software programs including SPSS, she is interested gaining additional training on statistical software. She has received several scholarships, including the Clark University Undergraduate Merit Scholarship, the American University Dean Scholarship, and the NABCJ Scholarship. She is interested in learning the research skills needed to help eliminate disparities within the African-American community that impede the potential growth of African Americans. Grigsby plans to attend graduate school and conduct additional research en route to a career in Sociology.

Mark Harris
Grambling State University, LA
Archive: Child Care & Early Education Research Connections

Harris is a double major in Sociology and Mathematics graduating in 2014. In 2013, he was a summer research fellow at Columbia University in the Department of Sociology, where he did participant observations in the lower Manhattan family court on juvenile delinquents. The prior summer, he was a research fellow at the University of Chicago's School of Social Service Administration, where he conducted research on education socialization among African-American males attending high school to identify factors that foster educational aspiration for college matriculation. In 2013 he gave the presentation "Juvenile Socialization and Courtroom Interactions: A Qualitative Analysis of Client Interactions and Outcome" at the Leadership Alliance National Symposium (LANS) and the Columbia University GSAS Symposium. The previous year he gave the presentation "College is For Me: Toward A Process-Oriented Study of the Educational Socialization of African American Adolescent Boys" at the same LANS and Columbia GSAS symposiums. Harris is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, the Intergenerational Mentorship Program, the Computer Science and Mathematics Club, and the Sociology Research club. In addition, he is an academic mentor for the Center for Mathematical Achievement in Science and Technology (CMAST). He has experience using Stata, SAS, and SPSS. Harris plans graduate studies toward a doctoral degree in Sociology or Mathematics. His research interests include understanding ways in which young African Americans develop educational aspirations and what factors are behind a decline in the number of African Americans studying STEM disciplines, particularly Mathematics.

Shannon Heitkamp
University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN (ICPSR Member Institution)
Archive: Members Archive

Heitkamp is a double major in Economics and English graduating in 2015. Her cumulative GPA is 3.72, and she has been on the Dean's List since 2011. This spring she was accepted for a Collaborative Inquiry Grant for her research project "Hidden Narratives in Writing Center Consultations: The Effects of Perceived Difference," which uses a mixed-method design to identify areas of perceived difference in writing center consultations. In summer of 2013, she engaged in a qualitative research project, "Writing Across Cultures: International Students' Literacy Narratives," as part of the Excel! Research Scholars Program at St. Thomas. Heitkamp has extensive experience as a writing and literacy consultant: She was a high school literacy tutor, a writing mentor, and a tutor mentor from 2011-2013, during which time she helped students to develop writing, reading, and study skills. Additionally, she has worked as a writing peer consultant and an academic development program mentor with English as a Second Language (ESL) students to help them with writing and language acquisition. She also is a member of Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society and has received multiple merit-based scholarships. This summer, Heitkamp aims to expand her research knowledge of quantitative methodologies. She has experience using Stata, as well as Minitab and Qualtrics, and has taken courses in Econometrics, Statistics, Economics, and Sociology. Her research interests include the relationship of participation in extracurricular activities to enrollment in post-secondary education and whether participation in group sports or arts activities has a greater impact on educational enrollment. She plans to attend graduate school in Education Policy, Education Studies, or Statistics.

NaShawn Johnson
Columbia University, NY (ICPSR Member Institution) 
Archive: Members Archive

Johnson is majoring in Urban Studies, with a concentration in Political Science, graduating in 2015. According to Johnson, she has a "keen interest in urban politics and economic development as it affects current public policies." Her coursework has included Mathematics, Economic, and Political Research classes. Outside the classroom, she has been involved in several community efforts. Since last summer, she has been a Youth Program Assistant with Community Impact at Columbia University, where she works with the Big SIBS program; she also has been a volunteer and coordinator with the program since 2011. In summer 2013, she was an intern with the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation, where she handled database, website, scheduling, planning, and reporting functions related to volunteer activities. In 2012, Johnson interned with Raymond James Financial/Morgan Keegan, where she helped brokers with presentations. Additionally, she is the Alumni Relations Chair of the Black Student Consortium at Columbia, where she helps organize networking events and maintains communication with the university's Black alumni. She has experience using Stata, Social Explorer, and the Microsoft Office Suite of programs. Johnson plans to utilize statistical research in her future career; her interests involve quantitative studies that connect the social, political, and economic structures of urban spaces.

Adelin Levin
Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI (ICPSR Member Institution)
Archive: NAHDAP

Levin is a double major in Economics and Mathematics, with a minor in Mathematical Statistics graduating in 2015. Her GPA is 3.95. During the current academic year, she was a Research Assistant in the Grand Valley State University Economics Department, where she did statistical analysis of category and quantitative survey data capturing actions taken by local businesses in response to the Affordable Care Act. Levin also is a tutor in the Economics Department. She has displayed an interest in research evident in three major projects: Her Honors senior thesis is on "The Impact of First-Person Consent Legislation in the United States on Deceased Organ Donation Rates"; her Economics Senior Project is on "A Comparison of OLS and Quantile Regression Methods in Hedonic House Price Modeling"; and her Econometrics term project was on "Estimating Seat Belt and Airbag Efficacy Using the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) Data." Her coursework has included Applied Mathematical Economics, Health Economics, Applied Intermediate Statistics, and several other classes that have prepared her for a scholarly research role. She has experience using SAS, Stata, and R. Levin is enrolled in the Frederik Meijer Honors College and is a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma International Honors Society and the Omicron Delta Epsilon National Leadership Honor Society. From 2008 to 2013, she provided Information Technology support and training services at CompuCraft Inc. and Apple, Inc., in Grand Rapids. After graduation, she plans to enter a doctoral program in Economics.

Allison Megale
Drew University, Madison, NJ  (ICPSR Member Institution)
Archive: SAMHDA

Megale is a double major in Psychology and Spanish graduating in 2015. Her GPA is 3.96, and she has been on the Dean's List each semester since Fall 2011. Last fall, she was a Research Assistant in the Psychology Department, where she helped with a study on children's haptic hand movements by conducing trials with children and undergraduate, and coding haptic movements in the Noldus program. Her coursework has included a variety of classes in Psychology and Statistics. Also last fall, she designed and conducted a Psychology study on how self-disclosure and uncertainty play a role in first-time online interactions among college students, as part of an advanced research project course. For the project, Megale submitted an APA-formatted research paper and created a poster. Additionally, she has held several jobs during her undergraduate years, including work as a tutor for students in Psychology and Spanish, and as an administrative assistant for the Drew University Spanish Department and for the Caspersen Graduate School Dean's Office. Her list of achievements includes membership in National Honor Society and in the Psi Chi international honor society in Psychology; she also is a recipient of the Drew University Dean's Award and the Elsie Fisher Endowed Scholar Award. She is an advanced user of SPSS and has experience with the Microsoft Office Suite programs. Upon graduation, Megale plans to pursue graduate studies in Psychology research.

Bianca Monzon
University of Illinois at Chicago  (ICPSR Member Institution)
Archive: RCMD

Monzon is majoring in Sociology, with a concentration in Racial and Ethnic Relations, and a minor in Psychology, graduating in December 2014. Her GPA is 3.7. She also attained an Associates of Arts degree with honors from Wilber Wright College in Chicago in 2012, and studied at Saint Xavier University, Chicago (SXU). Monzon has research interests in social stratification, sociology of politics and the Middle East, sociology of education, and gender/sexuality. Among her research experiences are submission of a research paper on race, rape, and rape legislation reform; and a research paper on media depictions of Latinos and their influence on race-relation policies. She also submitted a research proposal on the development of self-identification in multiracial individuals. Monzon is a member of the UIC Honors College and has been on the Dean's List at UIC, Wilber Wright, and SXU. In 2013, she was a Heartland Alliance Volunteer English Teacher, which included responsibilities of preparing lectures and class activities, motivating students, and evaluating their progress. Monzon also was active in the SXU Barrier Breakers Club, which organized discussions about societal issues and promoted diversity; she was president in fall 2010. Additionally, she was a member of the SXU Encore program, which fostered student leadership by partnering incoming freshmen with faculty. Monzon has experience handling qualitative interviews, field notes, audit studies, and questionnaires. She has used SPSS and the Microsoft Office Suite programs. After graduation, she plans to pursue graduate studies, with the goal of becoming a professor and researcher in the field of Sociology.

Breanne Peterson
University of Iowa, Iowa City  (ICPSR Member Institution)
Archive: Members Archive

Peterson is majoring in Psychology with a certificate in Human Rights, graduating in 2015. She is a member of the Honors Program, was a Roy J. Carver Hawkeye Scholar, and was on the Dean's List and President's List. Several positions have provided her research experience. She is a Research Assistant in the Iowa ADHD and Development Lab in the Psychology Department, where she administers assessments of intelligence and achievement, and analyzed the assessment data using SPSS. In 2012-13, she was a Research Assistant at the Iowa Social Science Research Center and Public Policy Center, where she conducted in-person and telephone interviews; she also was a Research Assistant in the BAT Lab, where she tracked limb movements of sleeping mice and performed perfusions and brain extractions on infant mice and rats. Additionally, Peterson has helped students as a tutor and mentor. She is an Honors Peer Advisor mentoring students at the Blank Honors Center; is a tutor for disadvantaged students at the university's Center for Diversity and Enrichment; and was a student volunteer last winter helping special needs students to improve their speaking, reading, and writing at the Satya Special School in Pondicherry, India. She has experience using SPSS and working knowledge of the Python programming language. Peterson also has taken courses in Statistics, Psychology, Research Methods, and Sociology. After graduation, she plans to pursue a PhD in Public Policy and conduct research in Education.

The work of interns from prior years is linked from the Summer Internship Program web page.

2014-05-09

Webinar Series Announced: Understanding the Measures of Effective Teaching Longitudinal Database (MET LDB)

ICPSR is excited to announce a four-part series dedicated to the Understanding the Measures of Effective Teaching Longitudinal Database (MET LDB)!

Broadcast dates and registration links for each webinar are below.  (Attendees will need to register for each webinar.) Note that with the exception of the MET Early Career Grantees webinar on 6/2, the webinars will cover much of what will be presented at the MET summer data workshop.

These webinars are free and open to the public. We encourage you to share these webinar invitations.

Using the MET LDB Video Data: Access, scoring, and linking

5/22, 12:30-1:30pm
Registration Link (https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/483519738)
Instructors: 
  • Lesli Scott, Survey Research Center, ISR
  • Johanna Bleckman, ICPSR, ISR
Join us for an introduction for current or future users of the MET LDB video data to the secure video player, including logistics of selecting and streaming video files, logistics of video scoring, and linking videos to the associated quantitative data.  We will also discuss the unique confidentiality concerns inherent in video data and strategies for mitigating risk.  There will be ample time for Q&A at the end of the presentation.

Random Assignment in the MET LDB: A discussion of the MET randomization process, implications for analysis, and relevant research

5/28, 2-3:15pm
Registration Link (https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/965067106)
Instructors:
  • Doug Staiger, Dartmouth University (MET Project Partner)
  • Matthew Steinberg, University of Pennsylvania (NAEd MET Early Career Grantee)
  • Johanna Bleckman, ICPSR, ISR
Join us for an overview of the MET Project's randomization process, discussion of compliance and implications for analysis, and practical tips for secondary analysis using the randomized blocks. Time will also be spent discussing currently unanswered research questions that can be explored using these data.  There will be ample time for Q&A at the end of the presentation.

MET Early Career Grantees: Research projects underway and preliminary findings

6/2, 2-3pm
Registration Link (https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/258430802)
Presenters:
Rachel Garret, American Institutes for Research
Bryant Jensen, Brigham Young University
Ben Kelcey, University of Cincinnati
Johanna Bleckman, ICPSR, ISR

Join us for discussion of the diverse research projects and preliminary findings by three of the National Academy of Education's MET Early Career Grantees.  There will be ample time for Q&A with the presenters after the presentations.
  • From Practice to Performance: The Role of Observed Teacher Instruction in Student Achievement. Rachel Garrett, American Institutes for Research, with Co-PI, Matthew Steinberg, University of Pennsylvania
  • Measuring Cultural Dimensions of Classroom Interactions. Bryant Jensen, Brigham Young University
  • Measuring Teaching with Cross-classified Random Item Effects Item Response Models. Ben Kelcey, University of Cincinnati 

Video Data Within the MET LDB: Video capture, scoring protocols, and measures used

6/4, 1-2pm
Registration Link (https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/875452018)
Instructors:
  • Catherine McClellan, Clowder Consulting (MET Project Partner)
  • Jilliam Joe, ETS (MET Project Partner)
  • Johanna Bleckman, ICPSR, ISR
Join us for an overview of the video capture process, along with discussion of measures and scoring protocols used as part of the original MET study. The MET Partners who designed and directed the video scoring will lead the discussion, including implications for current and future users of the video data. There will be ample time for Q&A after the discussion.

Register for Upcoming MET Webinars: Understanding the Measures of Effective Teaching Longitudinal Database (MET LDB)

We are excited to announce a 4-part series dedicated to Understanding the Measures of Effective Teaching Longitudinal Database (MET LDB)!

Broadcast dates and registration links for each webinar are found below.  (Attendees will need to register for each webinar.)  Note that with the exception of the MET Early Career Grantees webinar on 6/2, the webinars will cover much of what will be presented at the MET summer data workshop.

These webinars are free and open to the public. We encourage you to share these webinar invitations.

Using the MET LDB Video Data: Access, scoring, and linking
5/22, 12:30-1:30pm
Instructors:
Lesli Scott, Survey Research Center, ISR
Johanna Bleckman, ICPSR, ISR

Join us for an introduction for current or future users of the MET LDB video data to the secure video player, including logistics of selecting and streaming video files, logistics of video scoring, and linking videos to the associated quantitative data.  We will also discuss the unique confidentiality concerns inherent in video data and strategies for mitigating risk.  There will be ample time for Q&A at the end of the presentation.


Random Assignment in the MET LDB: A discussion of the MET randomization process, implications for analysis, and relevant research
5/28, 2-3:15pm
Instructors:
Doug Staiger, Dartmouth University (MET Project Partner)
Matthew Steinberg, University of Pennsylvania (NAEd MET Early Career Grantee)
Johanna Bleckman, ICPSR, ISR

Join us for an overview of the MET Project’s randomization process, discussion of compliance and implications for analysis, and practical tips for secondary analysis using the randomized blocks.  Time will also be spent discussing currently unanswered research questions that can be explored using these data.  There will be ample time for Q&A at the end of the presentation.


MET Early Career Grantees: Research projects underway and preliminary findings
6/2, 2-3pm
Presenters:
Rachel Garret, American Institutes for Research
Bryant Jensen, Brigham Young University
Ben Kelcey, University of Cincinnati
Johanna Bleckman, ICPSR, ISR

Join us for discussion of the diverse research projects and preliminary findings by three of the National Academy of Education’s MET Early Career Grantees.  There will be ample time for Q&A with the presenters after the presentations.
+        From Practice to Performance: The Role of Observed Teacher Instruction in Student Achievement
Rachel Garrett, American Institutes for Research, with Co-PI, Matthew Steinberg, University of Pennsylvania
+        Measuring Cultural Dimensions of Classroom Interactions
Bryant Jensen, Brigham Young University
+        Measuring Teaching with Cross-classified Random Item Effects Item Response Models
Ben Kelcey, University of Cincinnati


Video Data Within the MET LDB: Video capture, scoring protocols, and measures used
6/4, 1-2pm
Instructors:
Catherine McClellan, Clowder Consulting (MET Project Partner)
Jilliam Joe, ETS (MET Project Partner)
Johanna Bleckman, ICPSR, ISR

Join us for an overview of the video capture process, along with discussion of measures and scoring protocols used as part of the original MET study.  The MET Partners who designed and directed the video scoring will lead the discussion, including implications for current and future users of the video data.  There will be ample time for Q&A after the discussion. 


Please contact MET-LDB-Inquiries@umich.edu with questions on this webinar series.

2014-05-08

ICPSR's Virtual Data Enclave Prepared to Accept New Restricted-Use Data

By Mark Thompson-Kolar
ICPSR Editor

The Virtual Data Enclave (VDE) at ICPSR is now available to accept a variety of restricted-use data from depositors.

The VDE provides researchers access to quantitative and qualitative restricted-use data in a secure environment. It is a virtual machine launched from the researcher's desktop but operating on a remote server at ICPSR, similar to remotely logging into another physical computer. The virtual machine is isolated from the users' physical desktop computers, restricting them from downloading files. Users also are prevented from emailing, copying, or otherwise moving files outside of the secure environment.

Data remain on ICPSR file servers and are accessed and analyzed by researchers virtually. The results of analyses are reviewed by ICPSR for disclosure risk before they are transferred to researchers.

Providing data to researchers

"The VDE offers new ways of providing important data to the research community while respecting the confidentiality of subjects," said ICPSR Director George Alter. "We are reminded every day that computer security is a complex problem, and the VDE is an important new tool for reconciling data access with data protection."

Two thematic archives at ICPSR have experience using the virtual environment to provide access to data. They are the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation-sponsored Measures of Effective Teaching Longitudinal Database (MET LDB) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data Archive (SAMHDA), funded by the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration. (SAMHDA's virtual enclave is named the Data Portal.)

About 100 total data files constituting 10 studies in the two archives currently are housed within the virtual enclave.

Other archives at ICPSR are exploring or implementing VDE access, said Asmat Noori, assistant director of ICPSR's Computer and Network Services department.

The VDE is a standard Windows desktop environment with Microsoft Office and a broad range of widely used statistical packages and GIS software.

Benefits for depositors and funders

For the depositor or funder, the VDE offers several benefits. It:
  • Provides a more secure distribution of data than physically sending data files to users. "The VDE keeps data on the secure server, so we're not sending it 'out' anywhere," said Linda Detterman, ICPSR director of Marketing and Membership. "It's not being downloaded, and it's not being delivered on a CD. It's not going to go across the firewall."
  • Reduces the risk of a research subject being identified, as the results of analyses are reviewed by ICPSR before they are released.
  • Ensures access to data is removed at the end of the contract period.
"We've found that depositors are broadening their field of vision in terms of what data they will consider depositing," said Johanna Bleckman, a manager of the MET LDB project. "Data that were formerly assumed to be too risky are being seriously considered for access and secondary analysis via ICPSR, which is a big win for the field. We've also seen a fair amount of interest in exploring VDE access to data with contextual variables or geocodes."

The number of VDE users continues to grow. About 60 project or research groups -- utilizing about 300 user accounts -- have access to files in it.

Benefits for researchers

For researchers, the VDE:
  • Provides a collaborative work environment for teams. "The VDE is particularly useful when researchers are at different institutions," said John Marcotte, SAMHDA project director.
  • Makes updates to the data more readily available, making them accessible quickly.
  • Simplifies data security plans and requirements for users. "They don't need to worry about data encryption, firewalls, access control, backups, etc. All that is handled on our end," Noori said.
  • Offers an opportunity for access to data that would otherwise be off-limits due to significant disclosure risk. "Data now or in the future offered via the VDE would have either undergone more stringent risk mitigation -- data transformations that protect confidentiality but often reduce analytic value to some extent -- or access would have been offered via the ICPSR Physical Enclave, requiring a trip to Ann Arbor for analysis," said Bleckman.    

Part of geospatial data project

Additionally, the VDE is a key element in a two-year, NSF-funded research project, "Research on Unique Confidentiality Risks & Geospatial Data Sharing within a Virtual Archive." The project explores the unique confidentiality characteristics of geospatial data and tests various methods of masking such data within the VDE. Douglas Richardson, executive director of the Association of American Geographers, is Principal Investigator. Alter is co-PI.

"The virtual data environment allows the sharing of confidential geospatial research data among researchers, and it also allows some of that data to be masked and removed from the VDE for publication, distribution, and so forth, once it has been transformed," Richardson said.

Bleckman said researchers have helped ICPSR enhance the enclave over the past two years. "They have provided feedback on the user experience, and we have refined the tool and the experience in response."

Technology utilized in public-access service

The technologies of the VDE also are being employed in ICPSR's new public-access data sharing service, openICPSR, for handling restricted-use datasets. "A virtual environment is an expensive and complicated thing to build, and we've got experience using it," Detterman said. "So it's a great thing that openICPSR can utilize the existing virtual environment infrastructure and our knowledge about using it."

"ICPSR loves data and wants to see people use data," said Marcotte. "When data are restricted-use, the virtual environment provides an additional avenue for making them available to researchers."

Data providers interested in depositing data for use in the virtual enclave should contact Amy Pienta, ICPSR director of Acquisitions (apienta@umich.edu).

2014-05-07

DSDR wishes Ryan the best of luck!

Ryan Steinberg, a research assistant for DSDR, has graduated from the University of Michigan with B.A.s in Political Science and Economics and has accepted a job at a tech startup in San Jose, California.

DSDR congratulates him on his graduation and thanks him for all his hard work in the past months. We wish him all the best for the future!

2014-05-06

Spring 2014 Edition of ICPSR Bulletin Newsletter Available

Image of the ICPSR Bulletin, Spring 2014 edition cover
The latest edition of the ICPSR Bulletin newsletter is now available, featuring an article on ICPSR's new public-access research data sharing service, openICPSR, which allows the public to search for and access public-access social and behavioral science research data at no charge. The service is available to ICPSR member institutions in a beta version through July 2014.

Other highlights in the Spring 2014 issue:

  • This year's Summer Program offers a variety of new and returning workshops
  • Interest in Measures of Effective Teaching data grows. Plus: Learn what some researchers are studying with the Measures of Effective Teaching data
  • Data from the 1950s Cornell Study of Occupational Retirement now are available
  • The new ICPSR Council members hold their first meeting together
  • A plethora of News & Notes from ICPSR members and partners

2014-05-05

DSDR Director and staff presented at the 2014 PAA Conference in Boston, MA

DSDR Director Dr. Mary McEniry presented a poster on her work, entitled "Cross-national Comparison of Underestimation of Chronic Conditions in Surveys of Older Adults in the Developing World", on Friday, May 2nd, at the Population Association of America (PAA) Conference in the Boston Marriott Copley Place Hotel. Dr. McEniry was also the featured discussant during the session on "Aging and Health in Developing Countries" on Saturday, May 2. Additionally, DSDR Research Technician Senior Andrew Proctor and Research Assistant Yishi Wang attended the conference from April 30th through May 3 to represent DSDR at a booth in the Exhibition Center. Highlights of the booth included a PowerPoint presentation showcasing the studies in the DSDR collection, which can be found here. The exhibit booth was well attended over the span of the four-day conference, with almost 200 interested attendees stopping by to ask questions or simply to look.

New Releases through 2014-05-04

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

Updates

Note: Additional SAMHDA studies may be available though they are not listed in this email/web site announcement.