Fragile Families & Child Wellbeing Study (FFCWS)

The Fragile Families & Child Wellbeing Study (FFCWS) has a redesigned publication archive.  This archive features over 650 publications using FFCWS data.  It can be searched by keywords, author’s last name, publication type, and a text search of the title and abstract.

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House Committee Hearing on the 2020 Census

On October 12, 2017, the US House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform held a hearing on issues facing the 2020 Census. Video of the full hearing is available at the site (the hearing is in two parts). Witness statements are available in .pdf format.

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Comparing First-Generation and Continuing-Generation College Students

About 20 percent of first-generation college students had obtained a bachelor’s degree 10 years after their sophomore year in high school, according to a new report from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).  That is 50% lower than continuing-generation college students with at least one parent with a bachelor’s degree or higher. This report utilizes data from the Education Longitudinal Study of 2002 (ELS: 2002,

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New US Census Reports Highlight Recent Changes in Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage – September 19, 2017

On September 12, 2017, the US Census Bureau released two reports featuring the most up-to-date data on income, poverty, and health insurance coverage in the United States. The two reports are:

Income and Poverty in the United States: 2016 (P60-259)

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Midwest Data Librarian Symposium

The 2017 Midwest Data Librarian Symposium (MDLS) will take place on October 9-10 at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. MDLS started in 2015 and it provides Midwestern librarians working with research data management issues an opportunity to network.  It welcomes future data librarians and data librarians outside the Midwest. Registration is now open at!

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Understanding Social and Economic Data

Wisconsin Federal Statistical Research Data Center (WiscRDC) is coordinating and hosting remote participation in a free online course, “Understanding Social and Economic Data”, taught by Warren Brown and Lars Vilhuber of Cornell University. It is designed to provide students a detailed overview of the US federal statistical system, where data comes from and how it can be used for research. The course also aims to teach students basic and advanced techniques for acquiring and transforming raw information into social and economic data. It also covers data infrastructure, security clearance, and disclosure review procedures associated required of the Federal Statistical Research Data Center (FSRDC) researchers. It meets once per week for live video and Q&A sessions and offers additional “flipped” content for off-line learning. This course starts on Thursday, August 24, 2017. You should take this course if you are preparing to conduct research in WiscRDC, or if you want a structured initiation to the FSRDC system, and an opportunity to ask questions and work toward developing your own research proposal.

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New Data Releases from IPUMS

The 2016 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) data is now available from IPUMS Health Surveys. It includes supplemental variables on hepatitis, diabetes, chronic pain, food security, child mental health, heart disease and stroke prevention, tobacco, internet and email usage, and disability. This release also includes 600 variables from the 2015 NHIS cancer supplement. The 2016 American Time Use Survey (ATUS) data was released through ATUS-X. IPUMS CPS released new basic monthly data along with variables from the fertility, education, and voter supplements. IPUMS USA released full count 1910 data, source variables for all modern data, new family interrelationship variables that identify same-sex and cohabiting partners, and several other improvements to the data. Census Editing Procedures Tab is now available from the variable dispaly in IPUMS USA. This tab allows IPUMS users to understand how the Census Bureau edits responses in order to provide more accurate data.

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Utilizing the Gateway to Global Aging Data

Finalized Harmonized Data from Mexico (Harmonized MHAS), version A has just been released. It can be downloaded in Stata, SAS, and SPSS format under the Imputed/Harmonized tab at The Harmonized MHAS can be easily used for conducting cross-country analysis. Two free webinars on using Harmonized aging data to conduct cross-national research have been scheduled. Several hands-on examples of cross-national analysis will be featured. They are on Wednesday, August 16th – 5pm LA / 8pm NY ( and Thursday, August 17th – 8am Beijing / 9am Tokyo.

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Crime and Safety in U.S. Public Schools

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) published a First Look report on crime, violence, discipline, and safety in U.S. public schools.
This report can be downloaded from It presents findings from the 2015–16 School Survey on Crime and Safety (SSOCS:2016).

  • A higher percentage of middle schools reported that student bullying occurred at school daily or at least once a week (22  percent) than did high schools (15 percent) or primary schools (8 percent);
  • About 36 percent of schools located in cities reported that one or more sworn law enforcement officers routinely carried a  firearm while at school during the 2015-16 school year. That was lower than the percent reported at schools in towns (57  percent) and suburbs (45 percent).

SSOCS was first administered in school year 1999–2000 and repeated in school years 2003–04, 2005–06, 2007–08, 2009–10, and 2015–16. The next wave of data collection is planned for school year 2017–18. Principals from a nationally representative stratified random sample of 3,553 U.S. public schools received a SSOCS 2016 questionnaire, which was designed to collect data on crime and safety from the schools’ perspective. To learn more about SSOCS, visit

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Early Millennials: The Sophomore Class of 2002 a Decade Later

This Statistical Analysis Report was released by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) on June 29.  It uses data from the Education Longitudinal Study of 2002, a multifaceted survey designed to study the 2002 sophomore cohort’s transition from adolescence to adulthood. In 2012 most of the respondents were 26 years old. 93 percent were in the workforce and 31 percent had married, including 28 percent who were currently married and 3 percent who had subsequently divorced, separated, or become widowed.

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