Monthly Archives: April, 2010

Open Data at World Bank

The World Bank has announced that it is making all of its data freely available via the website

Major databases such as World Development Indicators, Global Development Finance, Global Economic Monitor, Gender Statistics, Education Statistics and more are now available to browse or to download in their entirety.   The Data Catalog gives quick access to all the datasets.

Many of these datasets were only available via expensive subscription prior to this announcement, and unaffordable to us. Only World Development Indicators was subscribed to by Rutgers. For the time being, the World Development Indicators link on the Indexes & Databases page will continue to function as before, but anyone can now use to access it. We will eventually replace the database description for WDI with one that describes the full contents of the World Bank data site.

According to World Bank President Robert B. Zoellick, “It’s important to make the data and knowledge of the World Bank available to everyone. Statistics tell the story of people in developing and emerging countries and can play an important part in helping to overcome poverty.”

This is a very positive development!

Work and Family Life Study

The Work and Family Life Study (WFLS) is a follow up to Marital Instability Over the Life Course (MIOLC).  The MIOLC examined the causes of marital instability throughout the life course, and contains 6 waves of data collected between 1980 and 2000, which were gathered from married respondents who were between the ages of 18 and 55. The Work and Family Life Study provides data for use in assessing: changes in marital quality between 1980 and 2000; the effects of family-of-origin characteristics and marital history on the physical and psychological health of respondents; and evaluating sample attrition, factors which lead to attrition, and attrition bias. The WFLS collected new cross-sectional information on married people 55 years of age and younger. The Work and Family Life Study’s Public Use Cross Section is the latest addition to the data collections. This new Public Use Cross Section studies the effects of wives’ participation in the labor force on marriage and marital instability. Also provided in this collection are the Public Use All Waves, containing information from Waves I through VI, which were collected in 1980, 1983, 1987, 1992-1994, 1997, and 2000. Among the variables included in all six waves are age, sex, educational attainment, marital status and history, attitude toward divorce, number of children, religious affiliation, and income level.

Detroit Area Study, 1998: White Racial Ideology

The Detroit Area Study on White Racial Ideology is a study of 400 adults of Caucasian or African-American descent in the Detroit metropolitan area.  Respondents were asked about their views on the role of government in addressing the needs of minorities and the poor in our nation such as: taxing the rich and big businesses more heavily than the working and middle class, and providing educational programs to poor and minorities. Other questions elicited respondent views on characteristics that some people associate with different groups. These characteristics included violence, laziness, being athletic, law-bidding, and intelligence. Additional items explored respondents’ attitudes toward poverty and the cause of poverty in the society. Demographic variables include age, sex, race, education, marital status, number of children, political view, choice of neighborhood, length of time at present residence, religion, income, occupation, original nationality of husband’s and wife’s family, home ownership, social class identification, and length of residency in Detroit.

National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services

The National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services (2008), or N-SSATS, is designed to collect information from all facilities in the United States, both public and private, that provide substance abuse treatment.

Data are collected on topics including ownership, services offered , detoxification, hotline operation, methadone/buprenorphine dispensing, counseling and therapeutic approaches, languages in which treatment is provided, type of treatment provided, number of clients (total and under age 18), number of beds, types of payment accepted, and more.

This survey is part of SAMHDA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data Archive)

ICPSR Summer Program 2010

The 2010 ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Research is held on the campus of the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor. Lectures and workshops on a wide variety of topics in research design, quantitative reasoning, statistical methods, and data processing are presented in two four-week sessions.

The first session runs from June 21, 2010 until July 16, 2010.

The second session runs from July 19, 2010 until August 13, 2010.

The contents of the two sessions are largely independent of each other, although some second-session workshops do assume that participants are familiar with material from first-session courses.

The 2010 ICPSR Summer Program will also offer a number of three- to five-day workshops on both statistical and substantive topics throughout the summer. These shorter workshops are held in a variety of locations: Amherst, MA; Ann Arbor, MI; Bloomington, IN; Chapel Hill, NC; and New Haven, CT.

ICPSR is currently accepting applications for their four-week sessions and for all statistical short courses.

The 2010 application form, registration instructions, fee structure, and further information about the ICPSR Summer Program are all available on the web site:

Census Day

Today is Census Day, so here’s your friendly reminder to send back your Census forms and build up our knowledge of the nation that most of the readers of this blog live in!

You can track participation rates on a live, interactive map at the Census 2010 site.