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Transcript of ICPSR-RCMD 2012 Presentation from HACU conference

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Rita Bantom, Derek Moss and John Garcia

Monday October 22nd 2012.

Room: Park Tower Suite 8212

10:30AM to 11:45 AM

ICPSR and ISR: A Focus on Enhancing Undergraduates Academic Successes


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

Notable ISR Research Projects

ISR Structure

Five separate but interdependent centerseach 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

Known for its long-term benchmarking surveys like MTF, HRS, PSID, SCA.

Key underlying concepts are interdisciplinary, long-term, relevant. Provide understanding for policy makers.


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

The Center for Political Studies is recognized around the world as a leading center for the quantitative study of politics. Scholars at the center investigate the interactions among institutions, political processes, and individuals - themes united by a concern for understanding democratic politics.

Best known for the ANES study and the dozens of similar studies that have spun off around the world.

Also known for World Value Study and Arab Barometer.


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

Mission is advance the understanding of human behavior in social contexts; making clear the linkages between an individual's psychological life and the life of the society to which the individual belongs.

Signature research areas include - Aggression research, human evolution and human adaptation, Culture and the Mind

Should note that Barbara died on Dec 7.


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

Was established in 1961, originally as a unit within the Department of Sociology. In 1966 the Center established close connections to the Department of Economics, and since that time has become increasingly interdisciplinary, currently drawing faculty from more than a dozen academic disciplines.

Center affiliates are population researchers who pursue independent research with the support of Center staff. PSC supports a large portfolio of both domestic and international research in several key areas of demographic research: 1) Family Formation, Fertility, and Children; 2) Human Capital, Labor and Wealth; 3) Health, Disability, and Mortality; 4) Population Dynamics; 5) Aging.

Best known for National Survey of Family Growth.

Annual rankings indicate that it always one of the top three such centers in the country.


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


Criminal Justice




Foreign Policy


Health & Medical Policy


Law/Legal Services

Political Sciences


Public Policy



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



Accessing Data and Studies


Multiple ways to search:

Keyword, Geographic, Browse by Topic, Investigator



ICPSRs 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!

For institutions that subscribe to OCLC Wildcat full text is available without leaving the ICPSR Website.

Note: July 2009 Jan 2010: over 275,000 biblio searches conducted!

Excellent way to search for students just starting out and/or when you dont know what you are looking for!

As the saying goes, to get familiar with the topic, Read, read, and read some more!


Specialty Archives/Thematic Collections

These 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

When you sort of know what you want browse the archives/thematic collections and search within them.

Note: When you search within an archive, the search limits you to only data within that archive.

When you search on the main site of ICPSR, the search returns results from the members-only collection and all archives/collections that ICPSR hosts. Searching from the ICPSR site returns much broader results this can be a good or bad thing!


Minority Data

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