National Household Education Surveys, 2016 Data Released

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) released files for the 2016 National Household Education Surveys (NHES). NHES provides information on Americans’ educational experiences from birth through age 65. Its topics include early childcare and education, children’s readiness for school, parents’ involvement in education, school choice, homeschooling, and adults’ non-degree credentials for work.

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IPUMS Adds a New Data File

The Integrated Public Use Microdata Samples (IPUMS) project at the University of Minnesota has recently added a new study to their collection. The Medical Expenditure Panel Study (MEPS) Household Component data is now available from IPUMS. The initial release of IPUMS MEPS data “includes over 1,000 annual summary variables from the 1996-2014 MEPS Full-Year Consolidated files.” For more information, go to:

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ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research

The ICPSR Summer Program offers a comprehensive curriculum in research design, statistics, data analysis, and methodology. It also provides a great opportunities for networking with participants representing about 30 different disciplines from more than 350 colleges around the world. Over 80 courses will be offered in four-week sessions and three-to-five day workshops this summer. A complete list of four-week courses in two sessions (June 25 – July 20 and July 23- August 17) are available from ICPSR Summer Program website. Registration will open up on Tuesday, February 6, 2018. There are several scholarships covering registration fees for one or both four-week sessions. Application for scholarships is due on Saturday, March 31. Please contact for any questions related to 2018 ICPSR Summer Program.

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New National Academies Press publication on 2014 SIPP Redesign

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has recently published the final version of The 2014 Redesign of the Survey of Income and Program Participation: An Assessment (2018). The Survey of Income and Participation (SIPP) is a national survey conducted by the Census Bureau which gathers data for the purpose of analyzing the impact and effectiveness of government-sponsored social programs. The book can be examined on line (.pdf and OpenBook formats available; 218 pages), or ordered in hard copy ($65). For more information about this publication go to:

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Upcoming Sponsored Events @ IPUMS

The Integrated Public Use Microdata Series (IPUMS) will offer the following educational opportunities in the summer of 2018:

The Time Use Across the Lifecourse 2018 conference will give researchers an opportunity to present abstracts for papers which address questions, issues, and/or topics related to the gathering and examination of time use data across the lifespan. The conference will be held June 19-20, 2018 at University of Maryland College Park. Abstracts can be submitted by e-mail to: Deadline for submissions is February 9, 2018.

The IPUMS CPS Summer Data Workshop will be held June 4-6, 2018. This workshop seeks to familiarize researchers with the panel component of the Current Population Survey (CPS), which is an ongoing U.S. labor force survey. The target audience includes early-career faculty professionals, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows from social science disciplines. The workshop includes presentations, hands-on lab sessions, and small group discussion sessions. Applications are due March 2, 2018. For more information about the workshop:

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IPUMS Research Awards Competition

The Integrated Public Use Microdata Series (IPUMS) is now accepting submissions for its 10th annual research awards competition. Awards are given for research projects that have used IPUMS datasets in the most innovative and meaningful ways to promote understanding of social and demographic issues. A total of eight awards are available in four categories which encompass research work that is based on the following IMPUMS datasets: USA, CPS, TERRA, NHGIS, INTERNATIONAL (NAPP), and HEALTH SURVEYS. The deadline for paper submissions is March 1, 2018. Please visit the IMPUMS Research Awards page for complete details regarding the submission process and requirements.

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“Are these data for me?”

The Distance Learning Dataset Training (DLDT) system designed by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is an online, interactive tool to introduce many NCES datasets to data users. Two types of DLDT modules are available: common modules and dataset-specific modules. The common modules help users understand NCES data across the education spectrum, introduce complex survey methods, and explain how to acquire NCES micro-data. The dataset-specific modules introduce and educate users about particular datasets: what the data represent, how the data are collected, the sample design, and considerations for analysis. This video gives an overview on DLDT.

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UK Data Service Announces 1961 & 1971 Microdata Sample Release

The UK Data Service is an organization that provides access to a large collection of socio-economic data from the United Kingdom, for the purposes of teaching and research. Data types include quantitative, qualitative, multimedia, and non-digital material from a variety of public and private sources. The service recently made two new microdata samples, taken from the 1961 and 1971 UK censuses, available to the public. These samples include data about a variety of individual and household characteristics that were present during these census periods. This data is anonymous in that it does not identify individuals or households. It is useful because it allows researchers to examine unique combinations of socio-demographic characteristics and to customize their statistical analyses. The smaller sample sizes (.95%, 1%, & 5% of the census sample) are openly accessible to the public; a larger sample size (9%) is available through a restricted/secure access.

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Pew Research Center Published 17 Findings for 2017

Happy New Year! Abigail Geiger at Pew Researcher Center wrote an informative article summarizing public opinions on 17 issues. They range from political values, Trump’s presidency, gender differences, automation, police work, Europe’s asylum applicants, refugees and climate change. 86% of policemen and policewomen say the public does not understand the risks and challenges of their work. Meanwhile about eight-in-ten Americans say they understand. These numbers show how strikingly different people’s views are. Reviewing these findings help us better understand our society.

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OpenICPSR is a self serve data repository for researchers who need to deposit their social and behavioral science research data for public access compliance. Researchers can share up to 2 GB data in OpenICPSR for free. Researchers prepare all data and documentation files necessary to allow their data collection to be read and interpreted independently. They also prepare metadata to allow their data to be searched and discovered in ICPSR catalog and major search engines. A DOI and a data citation will be provided to the depositor after data are published. Depositors will receive data download reports from OpenICPSR. All OpenICPSR data is governed by the Attribution 4.0 Creative Commons License. Server-side encryption is used to encrypt all files uploaded to OpenICPSR. Data deposited in self-deposit package are distributed and preserved as-is, exactly as they arrive without the standard curation and preservation features available to professional curation package.
OpenICPSR offers professional curation package to researchers, who like to utilize ICPSR’s curation services including full metadata generation and a bibliography search, statistical package conversion, and user support. The cost of professional curation is based on the number of variables and complexity of the data.

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