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ICPSR and ISR: A Focus on Enhancing Undergraduates Academic SuccessesPresenters:Rita Bantom, Derek Moss and John Garcia MONDAY OCTOBER 22ND 2012. ROOM: PARK TOWER SUITE 8212 10:30AM TO 11:45 AM
Agenda• What is ISR and ICPSR?• Introducing ICPSR Data/Research Resources• Introducing Resource Center for Minority Data – RCMD goals and objectives – RCMD Research Tools• Summer Program in Quantitative Methods• Data -Driven Learning Guides- Instruction• Career Opportunities – Undergraduate=Summer Internship – Full Time / Part time• Scholarships and Paper Competitions• Questions, Answers and Contacts
ISR Mission• Plan and conduct of high quality social science research• Develop new social science methods• Dissemination of findings from research• Educate the next generation of social scientists• New international ventures and new collaborations with federal agencies, foundations, corporations, and private individuals
ISR Fact Sheet• Founded in 1949• Largest academic social science survey and research organization in the world• Annual budget in excess of $80 million for each of the last four fiscal years• More than 250 Ph.D. Research Scientists from 20 disciplines
ISR Structure• Five separate but interdependent centers each with particular focuses and capabilities
Survey Research Center • Founded in 1946 by the “Super Founders” • Focus: Interdisciplinary social science research involving collection and analysis of date, especially using the survey• Principal disciplines: Economics, Sociology, Statistics, Survey Methodology, Psychology, Public Health• Survey Research Operations• Program in Survey Methodology
Center for Political Studies• Evolved from SRC because of success of the National Election Study.• Founded by Warren Miller. Separate center in the 1970s• Focus: Interaction among institutions, political processes and individuals with a concern for democratic politics• Principal discipline: Political Science
Research Center for Group Dynamics• Brought to Michigan from MIT in 1948 by Dorwin “Doc” Cartwright• Intellectual focus: Understanding human behavior is social contexts• Principal Discipline: Psychologists and social psychologists
Population Studies Center • Founded by Ron Freedman in 1961 • Merged with ISR in 1998 and moved into the building in 2003• Focus: Family formation, human capital, health and mortality, population dynamics, aging• Disciplines: Sociology and Economics, but involves a dozen disciplines
Inter-university for Political and Social Research, (ICPSR) Founded by Warren Miller in 1962 as a consortium and now there is over 715 members Focus is to process, preserve, and disseminate social science data and supporting documents. Leader in providing education, training, and instructional resources to help users understand and analyze research data.
ICPSR Benefits• Support students, faculty, researchers, and policymakers who seek to: – Write articles, papers, or theses to fulfill undergraduate or graduate requirements – Conduct secondary research to: • Better understand results of a study or generate new findings • Support findings of primary research – Study or teach statistical methods
Why is this important to me?• Research data available for secondary analysis in many content areas• Available in multiple statistical packages (STATA, SAS, SPSS, R)• Quantitative literacy important resource for self and resource for teaching students• Opportunity to share your research with a domestic and international audience and meet funder requirements for public access• A number of opportunities to enhance research experiences via internships, paper competitions and more
About the Data Collection• ICPSR archives both U.S. and international data• Data Sources: • Government (census, government organizations) • Large data collection efforts (National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, Panel Study of Income Dynamics, NCAA) • Polls (ABC and CBS news polls, voter polls) • Principle Investigators (Latino National Survey, Survey of Black Americans) • Data repurposed (Integrated Fertility Survey Series, Project on Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods) • Topical Archives (i.e. Substance Abuse, Aging, Education, Criminal Justice etc.)
Supporting a growing number of disciplines• Anthropology • Health & Medical Policy• Criminal Justice • History• Demography • Law/Legal Services• Economics • Political Sciences• Education • Psychology• Foreign Policy • Public Policy• Gerontology • Sociology
Sample of Popular Studies• General Social Surveys• National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2009• American National Election Study, 2008: Pre- and Post- Election Survey• Children of Immigrants Longitudinal Study (CILS), 1991-2006• National Health Interview Survey, 2009• National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2008• National Neighborhood Crime Study (NNCS), 2000• Latino National Survey (LNS), 2006• Gender, Mental Illness, and Crime in the United States, 2004• NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate, 2009
Multiple ways to search:Keyword, Geographic, Browse by Topic, Investigator www.icpsr.umich.edu www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsr
ICPSR’s Bibliography of Data-Related Literature• Publications based on data held at ICPSR – Find an article in our bibliography and we display the related dataset(s)• Ability to see the article citation and click through for full-text• Many use the Data Bibliography as a search tool!
Specialty Archives/Thematic CollectionsThese archives (thematic collections), focus on specific subject areas: • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data Archive (SAMHDA)* • National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD)* • National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging (NACDA)* • Data Sharing for Demographic Research (DSDR)* • National Addiction & HIV Data Archive Program • Child Care and Early Education Research Connections • International Data Resource Center (IDRC) • Member Archive (ICPSR collection) *These archives are federally funded
Resource Center for Minority Data eally ool http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/RCMD/
Portal for Social Science Research focusing on Race & Ethnicity “RCMD aims to be part of an interactive community of persons interested and be involved in minority related issues/investigations in order to make possible the broadest scope of research endeavors and examinations.” - John Garcia (Director RCMD)
Online Analysis Software• Survey Documentation & Analysis (SDA)• Web-based, requires no additional software or licensing• Over 580 datasets available for use with SDA• Easy for students but sophisticated analyses available for researchers• Good for preliminary analyses to determine whether data will work for a particular research question (e.g., RCMD subsetting tools)• Find studies with SDA
Special RCMD Analytic Tools• Sample characteristics This tool is designed to help analysts decide if the sample is adequate or appropriate for the analysis at hand. This is of particular interest for comparative analysis.• Syntax generation This tool is largely instructional. It allows for menu driven recoding that generates “syntax” instructions for the demographic variables in the study. This will help students learn how to conduct their own analyses without the aid of SDA.• Subsetting This tool allows analysts to interactively pull a demographic extract of the entire study. This is particularly useful for those conducting subpopulation analyses.
Online Learning Center• Tool to help develop classroom lectures and exercises that integrate data early into the learning process.• Intended for use in introductory-level substantive classes.• Addresses key concerns raised by teaching faculty in focus groups and in-depth interviews.• Data Driven Learning Guides as modules for teaching core concepts in the social sciences.• Let’s take a quick look; Online Learning Center• http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/instructors/index.jspAlso, a webinar is available for using the OLC in the classroom1. http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/cgi-bin/bob- ia/olcsda?resc_id=13513&ddlg=identitypol
Educating the Next Generation• U-M Program in Survey Methodology • Theoretical grounding in all aspects of survey methodology • Approximately 30 Ph.D. and M.S. students each year• Summer Educational Opportunities • Summer Institute for Survey Research Techniques; about 200 students each year • Summer Program in Quantitative Methods; more than 800 students each year and increasing• Demography and Population Studies Training • Large training program for both predoctoral and postdoctoral scholars and includes an international training program • Approximately 75 trainees each year
Master of science• Survey methodologists – Sound survey technical skills through practice – Intellectual capabilities • Critical examination of methodology • Research design & implementation • Implementation of innovation• Two year 47 credit hour program of study – Internship during intervening summer• Academic & practical preparation 31
Doctoral program• Develops research professionals – Sound technical skills – Intellectual capabilities – Research capabilities• Four to five year course of study – Year 1: preparation for qualifying exam – Year 2: preparation for comprehensive exam – Years 3-5: candidacy & research – Culmination: dissertation presentation & defense 32
ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods• Instruction on the tools and practices needed to analyze data• For those with math phobia and those with advanced analysis skills• 3-5 day workshops and 4-8 week courses• Primarily held in Ann Arbor, MI, on the campus of The University of Michigan, but some courses on other campuses also www.icpsr.umich.edu/sumprog/
Sample CoursesINTRODUCTORY LEVEL – Introduction to Statistics and Data Analysis I and II – Mathematics for Social Scientist I and II – Introduction to Computing – Regression Analysis I: IntroductionINTERMEDIATE LEVEL – Regression Analysis II: Linear Models – Categorical Data Analysis – Maximum Likelihood for General Linear Models – Introduction to R Statistical Computing
Research Opportunities for Students• Research paper competitions – a research journal experience & cash prizes! 35
SRC Summer Internship Program – Graduate and Undergraduate – Combine social science and statistical theory with the practical challenges of day-to-day project implementation. – Learn the principles of survey research from some of the most dedicated practitioners in the field. http://www.isr.umich.edu/sip
Internship Goals• Introduce undergraduates to all parts of the research process• Provide advanced training in methods/statistics• Provide experiences in professional socialization• Long Term Goal: – ICPSR Faculty, Staff, Researcher or Board member – An advocate for social science research and public access data
Internship Components• 10 week summer experience• Mentor based supervision• Three main areas of focus: – Data Processing Assignments “Real Work” – Graduate level courses in statistics – Research Projects
Award Winning Program!!!ICPSR is the Employer of the Year 2009 award recipient from Michigan Council for Internships & Cooperative Education (MC-ICE) for outstanding contributions for its efforts in promoting and sustaining quality internships education programs in the State of Michigan.
Career Opportunities- Survey Research Thank you! Careers- includes health, education, law, politics, business, Derek Moss,psychology economics, ISR Director of Human Resources - firstname.lastname@example.org Range of skills utilized- analytical applications to issues; quantitative Rita Bantom, Human Resource Director- ICPSR techniques; problem solving- identifying problems, assessment, interpreting research results, etc., and research reporting and dissemination. - email@example.com John A. Garcia Director –Resource Center for Job prospects-- in government (i.e. analyst, legislative researcher, Census Bureau); Research /Education (research scientist, interviewer, Minority Data , faculty); Business/Industry ( pollster, forecaster, consultant), and Health ( policy analyst, lobbyist, hospital risk management) - firstname.lastname@example.org Training/Educational Opportunities – SRC Summer Institute in Survey Research Techniques & ICSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods
Additional Workshops• 19 other short workshops• From “Spatial Regression” to “Panel Data Analysis”• From “Combining Qualitative & Quantitative Research Approaches” to “Designing, Conducting, and Analyzing Field Experiments”• Lots of real neat stats classes! 47