January 27, 2011
From DataFerrett list - New Census Bureau DataFerrett release
We are happy to announce a new release of DataFerrett on January 27th, 2011.
It is now available via a webpage applet at: http://dataferrett.census.gov/
This release is largely being done in support of the American Community Survey (ACS) Summary Files for the 5-Year data which will be available on January 31st (with 1 and 3 year data forthcoming), and will include numerous detailed geographies down to the block-group level.
This release includes many new features as well as datasets, and is easier to update for security purposes, bug fixes and new feature additions. The new system has enhanced security in place - it is a signed applet meaning users will have to accept a VeriSign Certificate to use the software.
Note, the old DataFerrett Application accessed via your desktop will no longer be supported. However, any saved DataFerrett databaskets (.fsf files) or tables (.ftf files) created using the application or beta version of the applet will still be accessible for use.
Please direct any inquiries, feedback, or requests for new features to our team by replying to this email announcement, or you can email us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 1-866-437-0171.
DataFerrett/DataWeb Project Lead
U.S. Census Bureau
Posted by ronbo at 06:02 PM
From the American National Election Study (ANES) list: The Online Commons Comments Period Has Begun
Between now and February 1, we ask that you make a small, but important contribution to the quality of the 2010-2012 Evaluations of Government and Society Study by offering advice that we and the proposals' authors can use to increase the effectiveness of our questionnaires. We are most interested in comments that can increase the range of hypothesis tests in which particular questions can be used.
Please note that at the conclusion of the one-week comment period, proposal authors will then have an additional week to revise their proposals in response to any comments that you offer. (Proposal authors can submit revisions, even if no comments are made.) If you can comment on even one of these proposals, it will help a great deal. The ANES PIs and ANES Board will make extensive use of your comments when they select questions for inclusion on the surveys.
All comments must be made through the Online Commons. If you would like to make a comment and are not yet an OC member, signing up is easy. All it takes is filling out a simple form.
The new 2010-2012 Evaluations of Government and Society Study has the potential to help scholars examine electoral dynamics in an unprecedented way. We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to make a productive contribution to the development of the ANES surveys.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Posted by ronbo at 05:13 PM
From IES Newsflash - NCES releases data on transition from high school to college and work
This new set of Issue Tables describes the transition of high school career and technical education (CTE) participants into postsecondary education and the labor market during the first two years after high school graduation (from 2004 to 2006). For the transition to postsecondary education, the tables include information on postsecondary enrollment in general; enrollment in 4-year institutions; immediate, full-time enrollment; persistence; and the relationship between CTE coursetaking in high school and postsecondary field of study. For students who did not enroll in postsecondary education, the tables look at employment and unemployment rates, wages, full-time employment, and the relationship between CTE coursetaking in high school and occupation.
These tables are a product of the National Center for Education Statistics at the Institute for Education Sciences, part of the U.S. Department of Education.
To view the tables, please visit
Posted by ronbo at 05:11 PM
From IES Newsflash - Early Childhood Data Training Offered by NCES
The National Center for Education Statistics will be conducting a one-day training seminar on its early childhood studies at the 2011 Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development on March 30 in Montreal. This free seminar provides information on three NCES large-scale data collections:
• The Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of 1998-99 (ECLS-K),
• The Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Birth Cohort of 2001 (ECLS-B), and
• The National Household Education Surveys Program (NHES).
The seminar will present overviews of the study designs and technical issues associated with using and analyzing the data, highlights about the data collected from 1991 through 2007 pertaining to children from birth through 8th grade, information on how the surveys complement each other, and computer demonstrations of software that assists users in preparing data for analyses.
The seminar is for graduate students, faculty, and researchers who have a solid understanding of statistics and limited familiarity with the ECLS and NHES data. Researchers who have previously attended an overview seminar on these studies, or who have attended an in-depth training on one of the studies and are not interested in the other NCES studies, may not benefit from this seminar.
This free seminar – at the SRCD meeting site in Montreal – will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 30. For more information or to register, please send an e-mail to email@example.com.
Posted by ronbo at 04:51 PM
January 24, 2011
Recent ICPSR updates and additions - New Releases through 2011-01-23
Below is a list of new data collection additions to the ICPSR data archive along with a list of released data collections that have been updated:
28201 National Crime Victimization Survey: School Crime Supplement, 2009
29361 Candidate Countries Eurobarometer 2002.1, March-April 2002: Social Situation in the Countries Applying for European Union Membership
29921 National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, 2008
29922 National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, 2008
2459 CBS News Monthly Poll #2, February 1998
6549 CBS News/New York Times New Jersey Poll, March 1995
8495 Juvenile Detention and Correctional Facility Census, 1984-1985
8973 Census of Public and Private Juvenile Detention, Correctional, and Shelter Facilities, 1986-1987: [United States]
9151 CBS News/New York Times Poll, October 21-24, 1988
9498 CBS News/New York Times Monthly Poll, March-April 1990
9499 CBS News/New York Times Monthly Poll, May 1990
9617 CBS News/New York Times Monthly Poll, November 1990
9863 CBS News/New York Times National Survey, June 3-6, 1991
22940 Los Angeles Family and Neighborhood Study (L.A.FANS)
26344 Integrated Fertility Survey Series, Release 2, 1955-2002 [United States]
27063 China Multi-Generational Panel Dataset, Liaoning (CMGPD-LN), 1749-1909
27461 National Survey of Ambulatory Surgery: 1994, 1995, 1996, and 2006
Posted by ronbo at 09:41 PM
January 23, 2011
SPSS Proactive Notification - SPSS Statistics 126.96.36.199 Patch Availability Notice
The latest SPSS Statistics patch is now available for download from the SPSS Support Website. This patch will upgrade your existing SPSS Statistics 19.0 to version 188.8.131.52. You MUST have SPSS Statistics 19.0 installed prior to applying this patch.
Note: The 184.108.40.206 client patches apply to Grad Pack & Student Versions also.
For detailed information on the description of this patch, installation instructions, and downloading information, please browse to: http://support.spss.com and log in to the web site. After entering your login information, select the "Statistics" menu link then click on "Patches".
You will need your Support Web site User Id and Password to access this information. If you have forgotten your user id or password you can use the Find Password feature on our Web site. This can be found at: http://support.spss.com/password.html
We are continually striving to improve our communication to our clients. However, if you do not wish to receive further proactive e-mails from SPSS Support, please reply to this message with REMOVE on the subject line.
SPSS Technical Support
IBM Business Analytics
Posted by ronbo at 11:55 PM
January 19, 2011
MAPSS list - Looking for Study Participants? Apply to Spring 11 REP!
The Research Experience Program (REP) is accepting Spring 2011 applications. Applications are due Friday, January 28 at 5:00 pm.
The REP is a program worked in joint with local community colleges to help Stanford faculty and students do experimental social science research more easily and effectively. The REP helps provide access to human participants at local community colleges. Participating in REP not only enhances your research by giving you access to a wider subject pool, it is also a great opportunity for students at local community colleges to gain first-hand exposure to experimental research in the social sciences. We accept both laboratory and online studies.
The website for applications can be found at: http://tinyurl.com/rep-application
For information about the program and how to apply, please go to this website: iriss.stanford.edu/rep/applicants
If you have any questions at all, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted by ronbo at 03:43 PM
January 11, 2011
From IES Newsflash - NCES Updates International Data Table Library
Fifteen new tables have been added to the International Data Table Library. New tables include data from the Program for International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) and Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) on education outcomes, school contexts, and students’ experiences and attitudes about education.
The International Data Table Library is a compendium of statistical tables that compare facets of education in the United States with those of other countries. The data have been collected by NCES and other organizations, including the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement.
The five subject areas addressed in the table library are:
1) participation in education
2) education outcomes
3) school contexts
4) students’ experiences and attitudes about education, and
5) education system characteristics.
To access the table library, please visit:
Posted by ronbo at 02:56 PM
From US Census Bureau - Release of the 2007-2009 American Community Survey (ACS) 3-year Estimates on American FactFinder
The U.S Census Bureau announces the release of the 2007-2009 American Community Survey (ACS) 3-year estimates on American FactFinder. This release covers the same topics included in the previously released 2009 ACS 1-year estimates. The 2007-2009 ACS estimates have a 3-year time frame and are only available for areas with populations of 20,000 or more.
You can access the newly-released data on American FactFinder at: 2007-2009 ACS 3-year data
If you would like more information and supporting documentation for this data release please visit the ACS web site at: www.census.gov/acs
We look forward to providing you up-to-date information about the ACS program and future data releases. If you do not want to receive updates about the ACS, or if you want to receive updates only for particular topics, please use the “Unsubscribe” or “Manage Preferences” links below.
American Community Survey staff
Posted by ronbo at 02:41 PM
January 10, 2011
2011 NIH workshops in Advanced Spatial Analysis -- call for applications
The Population Research Institute at Pennsylvania State University and the Center for Spatially Integrated Social Science (CSISS) at UCSB invite applications from Ph.D. students, postdocs, and early-career faculty in demography and related fields to participate in
NIH-supported Workshops on Advanced Spatial Analysis
This program features two 5-day-long workshops in summer 2011 that are intended for scholars who already make use of GIS and spatial statistics in their research.
Spatial Regression Modeling
June 19-24, 2011, State College, PA
Instructors: Paul Voss and Katherine Curtis
July 10-July 15, 2011, Santa Barbara, CA
Instructors: Kelvin Jones and S.V. (Subu) Subramanian
Full details on the workshops and the online application form are available at
Participation in these workshops is by invitation only. We will review and select approximately 20-25 invitees per workshop based on applications received by the deadline (March 31, 2011). Scholarship support will be available to some qualifying applicants that can help defray some of the costs for travel and lodging.
Please share this call for applications and the attached flier with interested colleagues via email, association newsletters, and related listserves.
Stephen Matthews, Principal Investigator
Associate Professor of Sociology, Anthropology, and Demography
(courtesy appointment, Geography)
Senior Research Associate and Director,
Geographic Information Analysis Core Population Research Associate
Social Science Research Institute, The Pennsylvania State University
Donald G. Janelle, Research Professor and Program Director
Center for Spatial Studies and the Center for Spatially Integrated Social Science
University of California, Santa Barbara
Michael F. Goodchild, Professor
Department of Geography, and Director, Center for Spatial Studies
University of California, Santa Barbara
Posted by ronbo at 10:01 PM
From IES Newsflash - Summer Research Training Institute in Single-Case Design Research
The National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER) at the Institute of Education Sciences announces its 2011 Summer Research Training Institute on Single-Case Intervention Research Design and Analysis. The Training Institute is intended to increase the national capacity of education researchers to conduct single-case intervention studies that have scientifically credible methodology and analyses.
June 27th to July 1st, 2011
University of Wisconsin-Madison; Madison, WI
All applications must be received no later than Friday, March 11, 2011 at 8:00 p.m. EST. For more information about the Training Institute, including the application procedures, please visit: http://ies.ed.gov/whatsnew/conferences/?id=772
Posted by ronbo at 09:43 PM
ANES announcement: Third Wave Deadlines for the ANES 2010-2012 EGSS
The 2010-2012 Evaluations of Government and Society Study
January 6, 2011
There are only 21 days left to propose questions for inclusion on the third wave of The 2010-2012 Evaluations of Government and Society Study.
Proposals will be accepted until 3:00p.m. EST, January 26, 2011. The deadline for members of the Online Commons community to comment on proposals will be February 1, 2011. The deadline for revisions to proposals will be end at 3:00p.m. EST on February 9, 2011. For additional information about how to submit a proposal, please visit: http://www.electionstudies.org/
Proposals may be submitted through the ANES Online Commons. The following describes the goals of this study and proposal process.
About The 2010-2012 Evaluations of Government and Society Study
The overarching theme of the surveys is citizen attitudes about government and society. These Internet surveys represent the most cost-effective way for the ANES user community to gauge political perceptions during one of the most momentous periods in American history. Aside from the historic nature of the current administration and the almost unprecedented economic crisis facing the country, we believe it is imperative that researchers assess attitudes about politics and society in the period leading up to the 2012 national elections. Potential topics include: attitudes about the performance of the Obama administration on the major issues of the day, evaluations of Congress and the Supreme Court, identification with and attitudes about the major political parties, and levels of interest in and engagement with national politics. This is primarily because these perceptions are unmistakably correlated with both presidential vote choice and levels of political participation. We intend to measure each of these topics at multiple points throughout the two-year period preceding the 2012 elections. In addition to these subjects, we envision that each of these surveys would explore a particular aspect of these political perceptions.
This Study includes five rolling cross-section waves that will allow us the opportunity to pilot new items for possible inclusion on the 2012 time series. Proposals for the first two waves of the study were accepted earlier this year. The first wave of the study was conducted in October 2010; the second wave will be conducted in the Spring of 2011.
We are currently accepting proposals for the final three waves of the study. Wave 3 will be conducted in late 2011. Wave 4 will be conducted earlier in 2012 and the final wave will be in the field in the middle of 2012. For the timelines and deadlines for the three waves, please see http://electionstudies.org/studypages/2010_2012EGSS/2010_2012EGSScalendar.htm.
By offering multiple opportunities for the user community to place their items on one or more surveys, we will provide the capacity to survey on a diverse set of topics that are relevant to a wide set of research communities. Lastly, the flexibility of these surveys as to both content and timing will allow the ANES to respond promptly to emerging political issues in this volatile period in our country's history.
About the Online Commons
The design of the questionnaires for The 2010-2012 Evaluations of Government and Society Study will evolve from proposals and comments submitted to the Online Commons (OC). The OC is an online system designed to promote communication among scholars and to yield innovative proposals about the most effective ways to measure electorally-relevant concepts and relationships. The goal of the OC is to improve the quality and scientific value of ANES data collections, to encourage the submission of new ideas, and to make such experiences more beneficial to and enjoyable for investigators. In the last study cycle, more than 700 scholars sent over 200 proposals through the Online Commons.
Proposals for the inclusion of questions must include clear theoretical and empirical rationales. All proposals must also clearly state how the questions will increase the value of the respective studies. In particular, proposed questions must have the potential to help scholars understand the causes and/or consequences of turnout or candidate choice.
For more information about the criteria that will be used to evaluate proposals, please see http://www.electionstudies.org/studypages/2010_2012EGSS/2010_2012EGSScriteria.htm.
For additional information on how to submit a proposal, please see http://www.electionstudies.org/onlinecommons/proposalsubmit.htm.
Posted by ronbo at 09:35 PM
Recent ICPSR updates and additions - New Releases through 2011-01-09
Below is a list of new data collection additions to the ICPSR data archive along with a list of released data collections that have been updated:
29201 Criminal Justice Drug Abuse Treatment Studies (CJDATS): Inmate Pre-Release Assessment (IPASS), 2001 [United States]
29221 Study of Women's Health Across the Nation (SWAN), 1997-1999: Visit 01 Dataset
29401 Study of Women's Health Across the Nation (SWAN), 1998-2000: Visit 02 Dataset
29701 Study of Women's Health Across the Nation (SWAN), 1999-2001: Visit 03 Dataset
30022 NCAA Division I and II Graduation Success Rate and Academic Success Rate, 1995-2002 [United States]
30041 Current Population Survey, December 2005: Food Security Supplement
2077 CBS News/New York Times Monthly Poll, July 1995
2458 CBS News Monthly Poll #1, February 1998
4368 Study of Women's Health Across the Nation (SWAN), 1995-1997: Cross-Sectional Screener Dataset
8044 Health Interview Survey, 1978
9098 CBS News/New York Times Monthly Poll, January 1988
9101 CBS News/New York Times Monthly Poll, February 1988
9220 National Health Interview Survey, 1978: Smoking Supplement
9227 National Health Interview Survey, 1978: Health Insurance Supplement
9495 CBS News/New York Times Monthly Poll, November 1989
28762 Study of Women's Health Across the Nation (SWAN), 1996-1997: Baseline Dataset
29884 Consumer Expenditure Survey, 2009: Interview Survey and Detailed Expenditure Files
Posted by ronbo at 08:08 PM
From ICPSR News - ICPSR releases data on NCAA graduation rates
ICPSR is pleased to announce the release of the NCAA Division I and II Graduation Success Rate, 1995-2002 dataset.
The release is the second from ICPSR’s NCAA Student-Athlete Experiences Data Archive, established in 2010 to make data available to the public that has been collected by the National Collegiate Athletic Association. The NCAA’s goal in providing the data is to help answer research questions posed by college presidents, athletics personnel, faculty, student-athlete groups, the media, and others in the higher-education community.
Traditionally, data on graduation rates and academic achievement for student-athletes have been released each year. Packaging several years of data together helps foster multiple types of analysis that were previously more difficult.
The newly released dataset contains measurements of federally defined graduation rates; Division I Graduation Success Rates (GSR) for student-athletes who transfer in to a given institution, discounting those who separate from that institution who would have been academically ineligible if they had returned; and Division II Academic Success Rates (ASR), which is identical to GSR except that it also includes freshmen who did not receive athletic aid but participated in athletics.
The federal and NCAA measures of academic success for student-athletes are presented side-by-side with similar data for the student body as a whole to aid in analytic comparisons within and across each population.
The first dataset released by the Student-Athlete Experiences Data Archive was the NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate, 2009.
The NCAA expects to release more data through the ICPSR archive in the near future.
Posted by ronbo at 03:03 PM
January 05, 2011
From IES Newsflash - New NCES Commissioner wants statistical center to play key role in informing education changes
Sean P. “Jack” Buckley, the new Commissioner of the National Center for Education Statistics, said he hopes to bring a new relevance and timeliness to NCES work during this critical time of change in schools, districts and state education agencies across the country.
Buckley, confirmed last month by the U.S. Senate, was an associate professor of applied statistics at New York University. He also served as Deputy Commissioner of NCES from 2006 to 2008 under former NCES commissioner Mark Schneider. He is known for his research on school choice, particularly charter schools, and on statistical methods for public policy. His term runs through June 21, 2015.
“Jack’s sterling reputation, his technical expertise and his first-hand knowledge of NCES and its many programs make him uniquely qualified to be Commissioner,” said IES Director John Q. Easton. “We are all very pleased to welcome him.”
Buckley said he was extremely excited to lead a center that plays such an important role in informing all areas of US education policy. His key goals will focus on ensuring that NCES increases the relevance and timeliness of its data collections and reports to policy makers and the public, and that the center’s work is on the leading edge of statistical methodology in survey sampling, psychometrics, data collection, and the protection of confidentiality.
NCES collects and analyzes statistics on the condition of education, conducts long-term longitudinal studies and surveys, runs the State Longitudinal Data System program, supports international assessments, and carries out the National Assessment of Educational Progress, also known as the Nation's Report Card.
“Issues in education ranging from the importance of early childhood learning to increasing our rate of college access to improving the United States’ global standing with respect to our economic competitors will be a huge part of the policy agenda in Washington in the next few years,” Buckley said. “NCES must and will play a central role in ensuring that all parties to these debates have the timely, accurate, and unbiased information they need.”
Buckley was an affiliated researcher with the National Center for the Study of the Privatization in Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, and in 2007 he published a book with Schneider entitled Charter Schools: Hope or Hype? He served as an adjunct assistant professor at Georgetown University, an assistant professor at Boston College, and an instructor at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Buckley spent five years in the U.S. Navy as a surface warfare officer and nuclear reactor engineer, and he also worked as an analytic methodologist at the Central Intelligence Agency.
Buckley earned his bachelor’s degree in government from Harvard University, and holds a doctorate and master’s degree in political science, with a focus on statistical methodology and public policy, from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
Posted by ronbo at 06:57 PM
From IES Newsflash - NCES Releases New Urban Education in America Website
Data on urban education in the United States are now available on the Urban Education in America website, hosted by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) in the Institute of Education Sciences.
The Urban Education in America website, which draws primarily on data collected by NCES and the Census Bureau, compiles and disseminates data on urban education in four general areas: 1) students, 2) teachers, 3) school environment, and 4) finances. Examples of specific topics within these areas are enrollment and participation rates by race/ethnicity, disability and English proficiency status, and poverty, student performance, school discipline and school crime data, and revenues and expenditures of districts.
To view the site, please visit:
Posted by ronbo at 06:56 PM
From IES Newsflash - NCES Releases Update to Rural Education in America Website
New data on rural education in the United States are now available on the Rural Education in America website, hosted by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) in the Institute of Education Sciences.
The Rural Education in America website, which draws primarily on data collected by NCES and the Census Bureau, compiles and disseminates data on rural education in four general areas: 1) students, 2) teachers, 3) school environment, and 4) finances. Examples of specific topics within these areas are enrollment and participation rates by race/ethnicity, disability and English proficiency status, and poverty, student performance, school discipline and school crime data, and revenues and expenditures of districts.
To view the site, please visit:
Posted by ronbo at 06:55 PM
From US Census Bureau - Proposed Public User Microdata Area (PUMA) Criteria and Guidelines
The Census Bureau has announced the publication of the "Proposed Public Use Microdata Area (PUMA) Criteria and Guidelines for the 2010 Census and American Community Survey," available on the Census Bureau’s website at http://www.census.gov/geo/puma/puma2010.html. The Census Bureau's 2010 PUMAs will be used to present 2010 Census Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS) data, American Community Survey (ACS) PUMS data, and ACS estimates.
The Census Bureau is seeking public comment on these proposed criteria and guidelines. Information about the history of PUMAs, as well as summaries of the proposed changes, are available on the Census Bureau's website at http://www.census.gov/geo/puma/puma2010.html.
American Community Survey staff
Posted by ronbo at 03:38 PM
January 04, 2011
From Revolutions blog - The R Journal: December 2010
Issue 2 of The R Journal (the peer-reviewed journal devoted to R) was published over the Christmas break. In addition to news about the latest release of R, it also includes contributed articles on using GPU processing to fit Bayesian models in R, processing text data in R, solving differential equations in R, and much more. Follow the link below for the complete contents.
Posted by ronbo at 10:52 PM
From ICPSR - NAHDAP disseminating restricted-use data on acquisition and transmission of HIV
The National Addiction & HIV Data Archive Program is pleased to announce the release of its first restricted-use dataset on HIV, the Sexual Acquisition and Transmission of HIV Cooperative Agreement Program (SATHCAP), 2006-2008.
SATHCAP is a multisite study designed to assess the role of drug use in the sexual transmission of HIV from high-risk groups, such as gay men and drug users, to lower-risks groups, such as non-drug-using sexual partners.
The dataset is the second restricted-use release by NAHDAP, which archives and disseminates data from research funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).
To access the data, users must first set up a MyData account, and then fill out a Restricted Use Contract Data application.
Please contact Sabrina Bauroth at email@example.com or 734-615-7827 if you have any questions about the SATHCAP Restricted Use Contract application.
Posted by ronbo at 10:42 PM