DISC during CONVID-19 Emergency

In response to the CONVID-19 emergency, DISC staff might work remotely. If you have any questions related to our services, please email disc@mailplus.wisc.edu to schedule an appointment. We check our library email account regularly.  Visit UW–Madison COVID-19 website for more information.

https://covid19.wisc.edu/

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2020 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. Students and researchers of all skill levels and backgrounds can find courses to advance their research skills. It also provides a great opportunity for networking with participants representing about 30 different disciplines from more than 350 colleges around the world. Over 80 courses are offered in four-week sessions (June 22 – July 17 and July 22- August 14) and three-to-five day workshops this summer. Registration opens on Tuesday, February 11, 2020. Several scholarships are available. Scholarship applications open on February 11 as well. A complete list courses are available from ICPSR Summer Program website.

https://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/sumprog/

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2019 VOTER Survey Dataset Released

The Democracy Fund Voter Study Group has released its 2019 VOTER Survey (Views of the Electorate Research Survey) data. VOTER 2019 survey was conducted by YouGov between November 17, 2018 and January 7, 2019. This dataset allows users to examine public opinion on the country’s most divisive issues. Data can be downloaded in csv, Stata, and SPSS formats. Registration is required for data download. VOTER survey offers unique longitudinal data, because most respondents have participated in the surveys since 2016.

https://www.voterstudygroup.org/publication/2019-voter-survey-full-data-set

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DISC Archive: Wisconsin Study of Families and Work 1990-2012

Wisconsin Study of Families and Work (WSFW) 1990-2012 was added to DISC Online Archive. WSFW originally began in 1990 as the Wisconsin Maternity Leave and Health (WMLH) Project. It is a longitudinal study and families were followed through 2012. The study first focused on maternity leave and women balancing work and family. As the children grew older, the WSFW focused on how early factors in children’s lives, such as child temperament and family emotional climate, contribute to teens’ later mental health, school performance, and peer relations. Roughly, 300 families remained in the study for 20 years.

https://www.disc.wisc.edu/archive/wsfw/index.html

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Homeschooling in the United States

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) released national data on homeschoolers’ experiences. Sources of this report came from the 2012 and 2016 Parent and Family Involvement Survey (PFI). PFI is part of the National Household Education Surveys (NHES) Program. Topics like homeschooling rates, reasons homeschooled, providers of homeschool instruction (including virtual instruction and schools), teaching style and curriculum sources, subject areas, and homeschool activities are included in this publication. To view the full report, please visit https://nces.ed.gov/pubs2020/2020001.pdf

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DISC Archive: Health and Wellness of the Elderly in Bogotá, Colombia, 2012

Health and Wellness of the Elderly in Bogotá, Colombia, 2012 was added to DISC Online Archive. This is a cross-sectional study of people 60 years of age and older in the city of Bogotá with a representative sample of 2000 people. The questionnaire included 11 topics: identification and characteristics of the home, the home and the elderly person (s) interviewed; personal and family data of household members; experiences of violence; cognitive area; health condition; characterization and origin of the disability; functional status; medicines, their use and accessibility to health services; anthropometric and execution measures; trajectory of health and disease in the social context (biographical component).

https://www.disc.wisc.edu/archive/SABEBogota/index.html

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A Field Guide to Polling: Election 2020 Edition

The Pew Research Center just published a field guide to help people understand polling in 2020 elections. Surveys are still conducted by mail, face-to-face interviews, and telephone interviews. However, it is more difficult and expensive to conduct these conventional surveys. The response rates have decreased significantly because lots people don’t answer calls from unknown numbers. Two types of online polls have emerged in recent years. 1. Probability-based polls recruit survey participants from inclusive and probability-based frames like phone or mail to participate in online surveys. 2. Opt-in surveys use volunteers from a wide range of sources without random sample of the national population. When reading a poll, people need to be aware of what population of the Americans is represented. Were samples drawn from self-reported registered voters or a smaller subgroup of people considered most likely to vote? Also, remember to check if it includes or excludes nonvoters.

https://tinyurl.com/vjy67uo

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Child and Family Data Archive (C&F Data Archive)

The C&F Data Archive is supported by the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE) within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) maintains this archive of over 300 datasets. Visitors can discover, access, and analyze data on young children, their families and communities, and the programs that serve them.

https://www.childandfamilydataarchive.org

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DISC Archive: Summary of Study of Microcomputers in Small- and Medium-Sized Colombian Firms, 1985-1986

Summary of Study of Microcomputers in Small- and Medium-Sized Colombian Firms, 1985-1986 is the latest addition to the DISC online data archive. This study examines the utilization and diffusion of microcomputers in small- and medium-sized manufacturing firms in the three major cities of Colombia–Bogotá, Medellín, and Cali. Carried out between 1985-1986, the study includes interviews in over 60 graphic arts, metalwork and clothing businesses with over 180 top managers and employees. Information was collected on the overall business and on expectations and perceptions of microcomputer usage including possible factors explaining successful implementation. Data were also obtained on work satisfaction and employee characteristics.

 

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Gray Divorce Rate in the U.S.

The overall divorce rate in the U.S. has declined since 1990. Yet among those aged 50 and older it has roughly doubled according to a recent report from the National Center for Family & Marriage Research (NCFMR) in Bowling Green State University. Data for this report comes from the 1990 U.S. Vital Statistics Report and the American Community Survey (ACS) both 1-year estimates and 5-year estimates.

https://www.bgsu.edu/ncfmr/resources/data/family-profiles/allred-gray-divorce-rate-geo-var-2017-fp-19-20.html

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