In early 1940s Hermann Henry Remmers, a Professor of Education and Psychology at Purdue University designed a poll to understand the attitudes of teenagers. It was the first time nearly all Americans teenagers attended high school. Dr. Remmers utilized sampling techniques to gather information from this subset of the population through their schools. Purdue Opinion polls began with respondents in Indiana, then expanded to five Midwestern states, and eventually covered the whole nation in 1945. Topics cover parents, education, television, civil liberties, communism, ethics, science, selective service, drugs, poverty, and the Middle East. Roper Center holds datasets from sixty Purdue Opinion Panel polls from 1949 to 1974.
This annual report by Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis offers in-depth analyses of the economic impacts wrought by COVID-19. It identifies real-time economic trends and examines various policy responses during this pandemic period. It highlights the effects of the pandemic on financial and labor markets, fiscal policy, and international trade.
Federal Reserve Economic Data (FRED) at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis is celebrating two anniversaries. FRED is a trusted source of economic data for 30 years and ALFRED is celebrating 15 years of providing vintage versions of economic data. To mark these occasions, FRED has a new website. Victors can browse data by category, release, source, tag, and release calendar.
Over 300 integrated variables from the 2019 NHIS are now available from IPUMS NHIS. Data from the February 2021 basic monthly survey and supplemental COVID-19 variables from January and February 2021 are in IPUMS CPS. IPUMS PMA (Performance Monitoring for Action), a harmonized version of the international family planning survey series now has a new blog to help researchers find and use family planning data. It will offer example code and tips for working with different topics related to reproductive health.
For the first time in over 20 years the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) redesigned its questionnaires in 2019. Information that were previously collected for all family members are now only collected for sample adults and/or sample children. The interviewer completes a household rostering interview to collect basic demographic information of all people who usually live or stay in the household. The redesigned sample adult and sample child questionnaire structures consist of four components: the annual core, rotating core, sponsored content (sustaining and periodic), and emerging topics. 2019 data and documents are now available from NHIS site. To learn more about NHIS redesign, please review this report below.
The UW-Madison Data Storage Finder is designed to help researchers navigate the centralized campus research data storage options. This tool presents all data storage options in one interface and compare and contrast them. These storage services are also available for teaching, outreach, or administrative use cases.
The ICPSR Summer Program offers a comprehensive curriculum in research design, statistics, quantitative methods, machine learning, and data analysis. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the mode of instruction will be online. The four-week sessions will be held between June 21 and August 13. The short workshop program will begin in May and extend into August. Affiliates with UW-Madison get a member discount in fee because of our ICPSR membership. You can apply for over 50 scholarships. Scholarship applications are due on March 29.
The Roper Center at Cornell University has made questions from U.S. state-level polls available in the Roper iPoll database. It includes exact question wording, sample size, and survey sampling method. These state polls are from major national polling organizations and some of the oldest and most respected state-level polling series like Archibald Crossley’s seminal 1944 election polls, Joe Belden’s Texas Poll, Mervyn Field’s California Poll, the Iowa Poll, the Los Angeles Times Poll, and state exit polls back to 1978.
ProGov2l is a searchable digital library of progressive policies and practices for local government. It is maintained by COWS, a national think-and-do tank based at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Visitors can explore the database by policy areas like Children & Families, Civil Rights, Community Development, Economic Justice, Environment, Natural Resources, and more. Search results can be filtered by state, year, type of documents (policy brief, ordinance, fact sheet, model law, executive order, act or session law, ballot measure, constitutional amendment), and by level of government (city or town, county, school board, school district, other boards and agencies).