2016-11-23

FBI Statement on NIJ-Funded Studies


As of November 21st, 2016: At the request of the FBI, the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) has instructed NACJD to suspend the dissemination of NIJ-funded data collections containing person-level data from the FBI records. We anticipate the affected datasets will be made available as soon as they have been purged of such information. We regret any inconvenience this situation may cause. We will update this information when the affected datasets are again available. For more information, please contact nacjd@icpsr.umich.edu.

2016-11-15

Nov 16, 2016 Measuring America: An Overview of Black or African American Statistics

Description: This webinar will demonstrate how to locate statistics on the Black or African American population using American FactFinder (http://factfinder.census.gov), and using various Census surveys.
Date: 16 November 2016
Time: 2:00-3:00 p.m. (ET)
Log-in Link: https://census.webex.com/census/j.php?MTID=m2c7e5d5902bf100a4efe006df6b923e0Link to a non-federal Web site

Dial-in Info:
 1-888-989-4508
Passcode: 5537030 

2016-11-14

Video of CivicLEADS’s September Webinar and Reminder of this Week’s Webinar

CivicLEADS presented a webinar about the multi-disciplinary nature of civic education and engagement research during ICPSR’s Data Fair on September 29, 2016. The video of that webinar has now been released, and we are excited to share that with you.



We would also like to remind you that CivicLEADS will host another webinar this Thursday, November 17, 2016 from 3:00-3:45PM EST (12:00-12:45PM PST). The webinar will introduce researchers and students to the CivicLEADS project, website, and data tools. We will include a live demonstration of the website and its use in discovering datasets, variables, and publications related to civic learning, engagement, and action. The webinar will be of particular interest to researchers who are interested in analyzing CivicLEADS’s publicly-available data to explore topics including civic and political engagement, curricula and learning, social networks, media literacy, activism, and social movements. We will also show researchers how to archive and share your own primary research data through CivicLEADS.

We encourage you to register for the webinar today!

2016-11-07

CivicLEADS: Millennial voters’ backgrounds provide insights into civic behaviors

Digging Deeper into CivicLEADS dataV3.pngFor the first time in decades, the Baby Boomers and previous generations are predicted to pass the torch to a new generation of voters. The Pew Research Center reported in May that Census data show the number of voting-age Millennials to be nearly equal to the number of Baby Boomers. Another Pew report from August suggests that Millennial and Generation X voters may outnumber older generations at the polls during the 2016 presidential election.

Data from ICPSR’s Civic Learning, Engagement, and Action Data Sharing (CivicLEADS) project provides some insights into the civic behaviors of Millennials, who were as young as 14 when some of CivicLEADS's studies were conducted in the 1990s. We asked members of CivicLEADS’s advisory committee, who are also primary investigators of some of the archive’s studies on youth civic learning and engagement, about the effects Millennials’ backgrounds may have on their voting behavior.

"How does the analysis of Millennials' past youth civic education and engagement data help increase our understanding of their current and future political involvement and/or voting behavior?"

“Each national election offers a chance to study young people’s political socialization: to learn who grows into an active and effective citizen, and why,” said Peter Levine, the associate dean for research and Lincoln Filene Professor of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Tufts University. “Certain patterns have been generally consistent in election years for decades. For instance, young people who have more economic and social advantage tend to participate more; families, community groups, and schools affect young people’s civic knowledge and engagement; and often civic engagement begins with an invitation that turns into a habit.”

Judith Torney-Purta, professor emerita of Developmental Science and Educational Psychology at the University of Maryland, said the CivicLEADS dataset from the IEA Civic Education Study conducted with nationally representative samples of 14-year-olds in 28 countries in 1999 would be particularly useful. “These civic engagement data from nearly 20 years ago are relevant in understanding the attitudes and civic knowledge of individuals now in their 30s.”

As Pew’s analysis focuses on Millennials’ potential in this election, we won’t know their true impact until the election is over. As Levine said, “Analysis of survey and voting data in the 2012 election confirmed that school-based civic education increases students’ knowledge of politics, and explicit encouragement to vote increases turnout. At the same time, both the influences on civic engagement and the nature of politics are changing rapidly. For instance, social media influence youth and serve as a forum for politics. Therefore, it is important to update our understanding of political socialization with data from the 2016 election.”

Whatever the election’s outcome, CivicLEADS provides researchers with high-quality data to take a look back into the past of today’s Millennials to see what other stories the data will tell.

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By David Bleckley and Dory Knight-Ingram

2016-11-04

Webinar Announcement: An Introduction to Civic Learning, Engagement, and Action Data Sharing (CivicLEADS)

As part of our work connecting researchers from multiple disciplines with curated data on civic education and involvement, CivicLEADS will host a webinar Thursday, November 17, 2016 from 3:00-3:45PM EST (12:00-12:45PM PST). 
The webinar will introduce researchers and students to the CivicLEADS project, website, and data tools. We will include a live demonstration of the website and its use in discovering datasets, variables, and publications related to civic learning, engagement, and action. The webinar will be of particular interest to researchers who are interested in analyzing CivicLEADS’s publicly-available data to explore topics including civic and political engagement, curricula and learning, social networks, media literacy, activism, and social movements. We will also show researchers how to archive and share your own primary research data through CivicLEADS.
We look forward to sharing our work with you on the 17th.