New Releases through 2016-04-24

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



Margaret Levenstein named director of ISR Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research

ANN ARBOR—Margaret Levenstein has been appointed the director of the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research at the U-M Institute for Social Research. ICPSR, founded in 1962, is the largest archive of digital social science data in the world, with over 500,000 data files.
The announcement follows a national search by a joint committee composed of ISR faculty and members of the ICPSR Governing Council, who represent the consortium’s 760 members worldwide. Levenstein will be the ICPSR’s first female director.
“Maggie’s vision for ICPSR’s future is exciting,” said ICPSR Governing Council Chair Chandra Muller. “She has a strong academic research background, understands the potential of data science for current and future social science researchers, and has a stellar reputation both nationally and internationally. We were impressed by her skill in bringing together experts from diverse fields for the advancement of social science research goals. The Council is looking forward to working with her.”
Levenstein will begin her five-year term on July 1, following the departure of current ICPSR Director George Alter. Under Alter’s direction the ICPSR expanded international members, increased data accessibility, and the Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research recruited more than 1,000 participants annually.
“I am very excited to be joining ICPSR and look forward to working with its staff, Council and member institutions,” Levenstein said. “ICPSR is an important resource for the social and behavioral science community, curating and making accessible data assets that thousands of researchers have created over the last seventy plus years. The importance of both developing our capabilities to analyze and use data and to preserving data have never been greater. The “big data” revolution creates new opportunities and challenges. ICPSR’s role will be to help the research community make the most of those opportunities.”
An economist, Levenstein first joined ISR’s Survey Research Center (SRC) in 2003 as the executive director of the Michigan Census Research Data Center (MCRDC), a joint project with the U.S. Census Bureau. She is also a research professor in SRC and adjunct professor of business economics and public policy in the U-M Stephen M. Ross School of Business.
Levenstein has taken an active role at ISR, joining the Director’s Advisory Committee on Diversity in 2009 and serving as the chair of ISR’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion strategic planning committee and as the liaison to the larger university program.
“ICPSR is one of the great resources supporting social science research all over the world. I am very excited about the skills and experience that Maggie will bring as the next ICPSR director,” said ISR Director David Lam. “The innovative leadership she has shown directing the MCRDC and chairing ISR’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion strategic planning process will make her a great leader of ICPSR.”
She is the associate chair of the American Economic Association’s Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Program and past president of the Business History Conference. Levenstein received a Ph.D. in economics from Yale University and a B.A. from Barnard College, Columbia University.
Her research and teaching interests include industrial organization, competition policy, business history, data confidentiality protection, and the improvement of economic statistics. She is the author of Accounting for Growth: Information Systems and the Creation of the Large Corporation (Stanford University Press 1998) and co-editor of a two-volume collection, Cartels (Edward Elgar 2007). She is the author of numerous studies on competition and collusion, the development of information systems, and the organization of innovation.
The ICPSR Director Search Committee was chaired by William Axinn, research professor at the Population Studies Center and SRC at ISR. Committee members included Christopher Achen, the former ICPSCR Governing Council Chair; Robert S. Chen, of Columbia University and the Center for International Earth Science Information Network; Philip N. Jefferson, Swarthmore College; Jared Lyle, ICPSR Director of Curation Services; Muller; Amy Pienta, ICPSR associate research scientist; and Beth-Ellen Pennell, director of SRC’s International Unit.
Contact: Kory Zhao, 734-647-9069, koryzhao@umich.edu


Workshop on Early Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey (Baby FACES) Aug. 8-9 in Ann Arbor (Apply by June 10, 2016)

Early Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey (Baby FACES) is a descriptive study of Early Head Start programs designed to inform policy and practice at both national and local levels. Baby FACES followed two cohorts of children through their time in Early Head Start, starting in 2009, the first wave of data collection, through age 3, with the final round of data collected in spring 2012.
Baby FACES project leads from Mathematica Policy Research will instruct this two-day data training, which will introduce researchers to the study’s objectives, methods, instruments, key findings, and data structure.  Throughout the day there will be hands-on time with the data files and structured exercises.  Day two will focus on missing data and imputation and child-level home visitor and teacher data, along with time to work with the data on your own with instructors present for consultation.

The Baby FACES data files are already available on a restricted basis for secondary analysis through Research Connections. Course-specific data files will be made available to the participants on-site under the terms of a temporary Restricted Data Use Agreement.  For continued access, participants will need to complete and submit a full online application.

The workshop is free, but space is limited. Researchers interested in using the Baby FACES data to answer policy relevant questions in early care and education are encouraged to apply. Participants must have programming experience in one or more of the following software packages: SAS, Stata, or SPSS. In addition, participants should have experience using large, complex survey data. All applications must include a vita along with a cover letter describing:
·       research questions intended to be explored using these data;
·       prior early care and education research experience;
·       and experience analyzing large, complex survey data (including specific data sets and types of analyses conducted).
Please also indicate the statistical package in which you intend to work. 
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: June 10, 2016
Applications are competitive. A limited number of travel stipends will be awarded.
To apply, visit our course page

Click here for a PDF of this announcement.


NCAA's newest newest Division I Academic Progress Rate (APR) data will be released this spring

The newest Division I Academic Progress Rate (APR) data will be released this spring, and available for download and secondary analysis through the NCAA Student-Athlete Experiences Data Archive.  
Last week the NCAA Research team announced the Public Recognition Awards, given to teams that posted multiyear APR scores in the top 10 percent of all squads in their respective sports.
Here are some of the results!

More announcements are soon to come! Sign up for the NCAA Data Archive email list or visit the APR study homepage to  learn more about this yearly data release. 

Synergies for Europe’s Research Infrastructures in the Social Sciences (SERISS) announces course on "Designing questionnaires for cross-cultural surveys"

The first SERISS training course will be held on 24th-25th October 2016 in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The course will be onDesigning questionnaires for cross-cultural surveys instructed by Ana Villar (Centre for Comparative Social Surveys, City University London) and Dorothée Behr (GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences in Mannheim).
Find out more about the course and instructors: SERISS 2016 Course Description

Postdoc Opportunity - India Human Development Survey (IHDS)

Position Available
IHDS Postdoctoral Research Associate

Position:        Postdoctoral Research Associate

                     Full time, 12 months/extendable. Start: Summer or Fall 2016.
Program:       India Human Development Survey (IHDS)
Center:          Maryland Population Research Center (MPRC)
Location:       University of Maryland College Park
The India Human Development Survey (IHDS) project, housed at University of Maryland and carried out in collaboration with National Council of Applied Economic Research, New Delhi, has received a grant from the International Development Centre (IDRC), Canada, to analyze two waves of IHDS data to examine the linkages between India’s economic transformation and women’s empowerment. This project will have one opening for a post-doctoral research associate to undertake independent and collaborative analyses of IHDS data in keeping with the project’s goals. We expect this work to lead to papers submitted to peer-reviewed journals as well as preparation of research and policy briefs.
Knowledge and Skill Requirements:
  • A Ph.D. in sociology, economics, or demography.
  • Record of scholarship focused on South Asia.
  • Able to work independently with quantitative data and experience with large datasets. Previous experience with IHDS is encouraged.
  • Editorial judgment and strong verbal and written communications skills.
  • Ability to balance numerous projects simultaneously while ensuring accuracy in data management, fact checking and research.
  • Attention to detail, including exacting standards to maintain accuracy and impartiality in all work products.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and collegially with staff from the IHDS team, as well as with staff from NCAER and outside organizations.
Application and Further Information:

Only electronic submissions in standard document formats (preferably pdf) via email to amclaug1@umd.edu will be accepted.
The following application materials are expected:
1. A curriculum vitae.
2. A cover letter (500-750 words) explaining the applicants suitability for the job.
3.  Statement of research interests.
4.  List of referees. Letters will only be solicited for short-listed candidates.
Please send all applications by April 15, 2016 to:
Dr. Amy McLaughlin - amclaug1@umd.edu.
For best consideration, applications should be sent by April 15, 2016 but applications will be accepted until the position is filled. 

New Releases through 2016-04-17

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



Add Health Ranked ICPSR’s Top Downloaded Study

For the second year in a row, Add Health has been ranked as ICPSR's top downloaded study. According to ICPSR user statistics, more than 6,500 unique users from more than 250 different institutions accessed Add Health public use files in the last calendar year (Feb 2015-Feb 2016). Add Health public use datasets, documentation files, and codebooks are available via DSDR.

Learn more about Add Health public use data, including information about the datasets and accessing the data. For additional information available on the Add Health website, click here. To read ICPSR's annual reports, click here.

(Reposted from Add Health.)


NAHDAP Announces a Webinar on the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) Study

Join us on Tuesday, May 10, 2016, for a webinar on the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) Study: Understanding the Data.

About the Study: The PATH Study is a collaboration between the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Center for Tobacco Products (CTP), Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It is a household-based, nationally representative, longitudinal cohort study of 46,000 adults and youth (12-17 years old) in the United States. The study was launched in 2011 to inform FDA’s regulatory activities under the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act that was signed into law in 2009. The first wave of data was collected from September 2013 to December 2014.

The goals of the webinar are to:
1. Describe the background of the study
2. Describe how to find and access the data through ICPSR
3. Discuss future data collections.

Andy Hyland, PhD, Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Robert Choate, University of Michigan, ICPSR

This webinar is free and open to the public.

Date: Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Time: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST

Space is limited. Reserve your Webinar seat now at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6853025452415627777

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.


Championship Data: Explore NCAA Men's and Women's Academic Progress and Graduation Rates

Curious to know who would win the Men's and Women's NCAA Basketball Championship if it were based on academic progress or graduation rates?

New Releases through 2016-04-10

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



Championship data tools and navigation on the new NCAA Student-Athlete Experiences Data Archive website!

In addition to a new and simplified design to the NCAA Student-Athlete Experiences Data Archive website, new features have been added to assist in user-friendly analysis of the data, and provide more information about the GOALS study.
  • New features on the Data and Documentation page: a variable search tool across both datasets, online data analysis tools, and new related publications links.  
  • The Growth, Opportunity, Aspirations and Learning of Students in College (GOALS) study resource page, with information about this student-level data, including related resources and ongoing projects associated with its restricted release back in Fall 2014.

New Releases through 2016-04-03

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



Explore NCAA Men's and Women's Academic Progress and Graduation Rates

Curious to know who would win the Men's and Women's NCAA Basketball Championship if it were based on academic progress or graduation rates? The NCAA Student-Athlete Experiences Data Archive makes available two major team-level studies: the Academic Progress Rate (APR) data, and the Graduation Success Rate (GSR)/Academic Success Rate (ASR) data. Both of these are publicly available and free to download at our archive. If the APR raw scores are any indication of tournament success, it looks like a great week ahead for Villanova and Syracuse.

Men's Semi-Final Basketball Projections Based on the Most Recently Available Four-Year Raw APR Scores

Villanova's academic success rate is higher than the other three teams'

School APR Scores

Villanova: 988

Syracuse: 970

Oklahoma: 969

North Carolina: 952

Women's Semi-Final Basketball Projections Based on the Most Recently Available Four-Year Raw APR Scores

Syracuse's academic success rate is higher than the other three teams'

School APR Scores

Syracuse: 991

Oregon St: 984

Connecticut: 982

Washington: 978

Visit the APR homepage or the GSR/ASR homepage and explore the data for yourself!