Monthly Archives: February, 2010

Integrated Fertility Survey Series

The Integrated Fertility Survey Series (IFSS) “provides access to ten individual national studies of fertility encompassing the Growth of American Families (GAF), National Fertility Surveys (NFS), and National Surveys of Family Growth (NSFG) as well as a single dataset composed of harmonized variables across all ten surveys. Analytic tools make it possible to quickly and easily explore the data and obtain information about changes in behaviors and attitudes across time.

This project is consistent with the continuing mission of the Demographic and Behavioral Sciences Branch (DBSB) of the NICHD with respect to research on fertility, the family, and family planning. The IFSS provides a national resource that enhances knowledge about reproductive health, contraceptive use, pregnancy, and other issues vital to understanding and tracking the health of the population.”

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Child Care Licensing Study

The 2007 Child Care Licensing Study reports data from all states that license child care facilities (that’s all but Idaho).  Licensing requirements, the number of facilities, complaints and complaint resolution, frequency of inspections, child-staff ratios, and other data are available.

There is also a 2005 Child Care Licensing Study.

ICPSR Undergraduate Summer Internship Program

The deadline is approaching for this program that offers a stipend for training in quantitative methods.

The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), the world’s largest archive of digital social science data, is now accepting applications for its annual summer internship program.

  • Deadline for application: February 8, 2010.
  • Gain experience using statistical programs such as SAS, SPSS, and Stata.
  • Attend courses in the ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research.
  • $3,000-$5,000 stipend, room and board in university housing, and a scholarship covering the cost of fees, texts, and materials for coursework in the ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research.
  • Internship runs June 7-August 13, 2010.

For more information, see http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/ICPSR/careers/internship.jsp

NCAA Student-Athlete Experiences Data Archive

A newly released joint effort from the National Collegiate Athletic Association and ICPSR:

The Student-Athlete Experiences Data Archive “includes user-friendly data collections related to graduation rates; team-level Academic Progress Rates in Division I; and individual-level data on the experiences of current and former student-athletes from the NCAA’s Growth, Opportunities, Aspirations and Learning of Students in college study (GOALS), and the Study of College Outcomes and Recent Experiences (SCORE).”

The NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate, 2009 data are the first to be released. Team level academic performances can be obtained by division, by conference, and by school.

Child Care and Early Education Research Connections

ICPSR, the National Center for Children in Poverty, the Child Care Bureau, the Office of Planning Research and Education,  and the Department of Health and Human Services have collaborated to develop the Research Connections website.

According to the site,

Research Connections offers public access to child care and early education research data, some of which have never before been publicly available. Researchers can download analysis-ready data directly to their desktop or analyze selected data online free of charge. Data training workshops and an archive for research projects serve the entire field.

The integrated database links written documents to the actual instruments and data files on which their findings are based, provides links from the data files to the publications based on them, and links resources on similar topics, by the same author, or funded by the same agency.

Our database is up to date and continually growing. By January 2010, we provided access to over 16,000 resources, including 157 datasets.”