American Sociological Association

Public Data Resources for Sociologists Continued

13. Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research
Presenter: James McNally, Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research, P.O. Box 1248, Ann Harbor, MI 48106-1248; phone: (734) 998-9820; fax: (734) 998-9889; e-mail:; homepage:

Established in 1962, the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) is a membership-based organization providing access to the world's largest archive of computer-based research and instructional data for the social sciences. ICPSR further serves social scientists around the world by offering training facilities in basic and advanced techniques of quantitative social analysis and other resources that facilitate secondary analysis. ICPSR provides facilities and services for an international community of scholars that no one college or university could offer independently.

14. Murray Research Center
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
Presenters: Annemette Sorensen and Copeland Young, Murray Research Center, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138; phone: (617) 495-8140; fax: (617) 496-3663; e-mail:; homepage:

The Henry A. Murray Research Center is a multi disciplinary research center focusing on the study of lives over time. It is a national repository for social and behavioral science data on human development and social change. The primary criteria for evaluating data sets for inclusion in the archive are the usefulness of the data for secondary analysis, replication or longitudinal follow-up. Issues of confidentiality and access are addressed for each data set as the study is acquired and processed.

The data archive is unique in that it includes not only computer-accessible quantitative data, but also qualitative materials such as case histories, open-ended interviews, responses to projective tests, and video taped and audio taped data. The center is also unique in allowing new researchers to contact the subjects of existing data sets to obtain follow-up data.

The resources of the Murray Center are available to researchers at all levels and from all disciplines and schools, free of charge. The Guide to the Data Resources provides an overview of the Murray Center's data holdings. The Guide is available on line at Hard copies of the Guide are also available.

15. Division of Science Resources Studies
National Science Foundation
Presenters: Susan Hill and Monica Hill, National Science Foundation, Division of Science Resources Studies, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 950, Arlington, VA 22230; phone: (703) 306-1774; fax: (703) 306-0510; e-mail:; homepage:

The mission of the National Science Foundation's Division of Science Resources Studies (SRS) is to produce and disseminate data and analyses related to science, engineering, and technology. SRS focuses on the amounts of human and financial resources in the Nation's science, engineering, and technology enterprise, how persons are educated, their place in the workforce, and the financial results of these activities. To do this, SRS collects information from 14 surveys of the U.S. enterprise and obtains comparable international data. SRS also analyzes these data in order to help policy-makers, administrators, and others understand the implications of the data and their application to current issues.

At the present time, SRS maintains data on a wide range of science and engineering (S&E) issues and promotes use of databases by researchers to examine topical issues. Examples of topics reflected in the SRS sponsored work are S&E education at all levels with details on gender, race, field, institutional type, financial support (including education history); S&E personnel and career paths for both researchers and academics, citizenship, disability status, employment status, field of study, job assignment and salaries (especially for doctorates); S&E research infrastructure at universities and colleges, funding and expenditures for S&E research by colleges and universities; data on industrial research and development; and public attitudes about science and engineering issues.

The exhibit highlights the availability of SRS data files that are of particular interest to sociologists. Information is collected on all fields of science, including the social sciences, and for many surveys, in a detailed field specialty. Micro-data are available to researchers through licensing agreements.

16. National Longitudinal Surveys
U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics
Presenter: Jay Meisenheimer, The National Longitudinal Survey Program, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Room 4945, PSB, 2 Massachusetts Avenue, NE, Washington, DC 20212; phone: (202) 691-7409; fax: (202) 691-6425; e-mail:; homepage:

The National Longitudinal Surveys (NLS) gather detailed information about labor market experiences and other aspects of the lives of six groups of American men and women. Many NLS survey members have been followed for many years, some for decades, allowing researchers to study large panels of men, women and children over significant segments of their lives. The surveys include data about a wide range of events such as schooling and career transitions, marriage and fertility, training investments, welfare recipiency, child-care usage, and drug and alcohol use.

The Original Cohorts, initiated in 1966, consist of four cohorts; "older men", "mature women", "young men" and "young women." These four groups were selected because each faced important labor market decisions including initial family and career decisions, labor force attachment as children leave home, and retirement decisions. In 1979, a cohort of about 12,000 young men and women aged 14 to 22 was begun (NLSY79). Data collected yearly, biennially since 1994, chronicle their transitions from school to work, and from their parent's homes to becoming parents and homeowners. In 1986, the NLSY79 was expanded to include surveys of the children born to women in that cohort. Repeated biennially, the NLSY79 Child data includes measures of cognitive ability, temperament, and home environment. Older children complete an NLSY79 styled interview. In 1997 a new cohort of approximately 8,700 young people aged 12 to 16 was begun (NLSY97). This cohort is interviewed on an annual basis.

17. National Archive of Criminal Justice Data
National Institute of Justice Data Resources Program
Presenters: Cynthia Mamalian, National Institute of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, US Department of Justice, 810 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20531; phone: (202) 514-5981; e-mail:; homepage: and Janet Stamatel, National Archive of Criminal Justice Data, Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48106; phone: (734) 998-9835; e-mail:; homepage:

Cynthia Mamalian, National Institute of Justice (NIJ), and Janet Stamatel, Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), will discuss and demonstrate NIJ's Data Resources Program and the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data. The program was established to ensure the preservation and availability of research and evaluation data collected through NIJ-funded research. Data sets collected through NIJ-funded research are archived and made available to others in order to support new research to replicate original findings or test new hypotheses. Together with the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), NIJ's Data Resources Program supports the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (, which houses all data from NIJ-sponsored research and makes available online for downloading machine-readable copies (in SPSS, SAS, or ASCII), together with data dictionaries and study abstracts. The archive is maintained by the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) at the University of Michigan.

18. National Center for Education Statistics
U.S. Department of Education
Presenter: Carl Schmitt, National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, 1990 K Street NW, Washington, DC 20006; phone: (202) 502-7350; fax: (202) 502-7475; email:; homepage:

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) disseminates large national data sets on CD-ROM with electronic codebooks and via the Internet at its world wide web page listed above. Current data releases include school and institutional censuses for basic data on enrollments and finances at the elementary, secondary, and post secondary levels of public and private education. More detailed data are available through repeated cross-sectional surveys of teachers and faculty. A Random Digit Dialing (RDD) household survey is used to collect population based education data on topics such as early childhood education, school safety, and adult education. In addition, the NCES collection of longitudinal data on elementary, secondary, and postsecondary cohorts continues. Longitudinal data are available from seniors in 1972, 1982, and 1992 as well as for students who have just started their postsecondary education and students who just completed their baccalaureate. This exhibit will demonstrate the NCES web site and data resources available on-line.

19. Schools and Staffing Survey
Education Statistics Services Institute, American Institutes for Research
Presenters: Benjamin A. Cohen and Matthew Walker, Education Statistics Services Institute, American Institutes for Research, 1000 Thomas Jefferson Street NW, Washington, DC 20007; phone: (202) 944-5357; fax: (202) 944-5250; e-mail:; homepage:

The Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS), conducted three times since 1987-88, has been redesigned for 1999-2000 to answer the most salient questions that face education. SASS is representative of K-12 teachers, principals, schools, and school districts at the state and national levels. Also, SASS provides detailed data on both the public and private sectors ¯ state-reliable data on public schools and affiliation-reliable data on private schools. Data from charter schools and Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) schools are also available. Participants will be introduced to the survey design and latest questionnaire content. Means of accessing and applying SASS data will be demonstrated.

20. Center for Electronic Records
National Archives and Records Administration
Presenter: Theodore J. Hull, Center for Electronic Records, National Archives and Records Administration, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD 20740-6001; phone: (301) 713-6645; fax: (301) 713-6911; e-mail: or; homepage:

The National Archives is the federal agency responsible for preservation of and access to the permanently valuable electronic records of the federal government. The Center for Electronic Records has custody of the permanently valuable computerized records of federal agencies transferred to the National Archives for long-term preservation. The Center has approximately 100,000 computerized data files from over 100 federal agencies in all three branches of the government. Topics reflected in the Center's holdings include agricultural data, attitudinal data, demographic data, environmental data, health and social services data, international data, military data, and scientific and technological data. The exhibit will highlight the availability of data files in the Center's custody of particular interest to sociologists.

21. American Religion Data Archive
Pennsylvania State University, Department of Sociology
Presenters: Roger Finke, American Religion Data Archive, Department of Sociology, Pennsylvania State University; homepage:

The American Religion Data Archive (ARDA) is an Internet-based data archive that stores and distributes quantitative data sets from the leading studies on American religion. Supported by the Lilly Endowment and housed at Pennsylvania State University, ARDA strives to preserve data files for future use, prepare the data files for immediate public use and make the data files easily accessible to all. The ARDA website allows users to search individual files or groups of data files for topics of interest, conduct basic analysis on-line, select questions for use in their own surveys and download the data files to their own computers. All data files, software, and questions banks downloaded from the ARDA are free of charge.

22. American Social Indicators
AMINSO (American Social Indicators)
Presenter: Emanuel Smikun, AMINSO, 204 Third Ave Ext, Rensselaer, New York 12144; phone: (518) 463-1489; fax: (518) 463-1489; e-mail:; homepage:

AMINSO has developed a comprehensive system of multidimensional indicators for valuable objects circulating in social exchange and distribution. They include basic and visible lifestyle, ascribed and achieved status, deep and volatile orientation, and early and later socialization in major institutional domains - family, cultural, economic, and political. Using raw data from General Social Survey, 1973-2000, these indicators of social change are also differentiated by social stratum as well as by region, residence, employment, and occupation. All indicators are measured by an index of generalized distributive normality that can be interpreted as distributive justice. Target distributions with a 20 per cent improvement in their parameters demonstrate one possible use of these social indicators. Above all, they can provide an effective tool for an evaluation and planning of programs in the political, economic, cultural, and family domains. [updated 9/2/2004]

23. National Medical Expenditure Panel Survey
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Presenters: Gregg Taliaferro and Jim Kirby, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, CCFS, Suite 500, 2101 E. Jefferson Street, Rockville, MD 20852; phone (301) 594-7077; fax (301) 594-2166; email: or; homepage:

Sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), in conjunction with the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) is a vital resource designed to continually provide policymakers, researchers, health care professionals, businesses and others with timely, comprehensive information about the United States population's health, health care utilization, and costs. Through the integration of four components, MEPS collects data on the specific health care services that Americans use, how frequently they use them, the cost of those services and how they are paid, as well as data on the cost, scope, and breadth of private health insurance held by and available to the U. S. population. MEPS is unparalleled for the degree of detail in its data, as well as its ability to link health status and health care to the demographic, employment, economic, family and other characteristics of survey respondents. In addition, MEPS is the only national survey that provides a foundation for estimating the impact of changes in sources of payment, insurance coverage, family status on different economic groups or special populations such as the poor, elderly, veterans, the uninsured, and racial and ethnic minorities. The 1996 full year data, as well as point in time population characteristics for 1996 -1999, is available on the Internet and on CD-ROM. The 1997 full year data will be available early in 2001.

24. National Hospital Discharge Survey
Division of Health Care Statistics, Hospital Care Statistics Branch
National Center for Health Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Presenter: Jennifer Popovic, Division of Health Care Statistics, Hospital Care Statistics Branch, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, 6525 Belcrest Road, Room 956, Hyattsville, MD 20782; phone: (301) 458-4321; fax: (301) 458-4032; e-mail:; homepage:

The National Hospital Discharge Survey (NHDS) has been conducted annually since 1965 and is a principle source of information on characteristics of inpatients discharged from non-Federal short-stay hospitals in the United States. In 1998, data were collected for 307,000 discharges from 478 hospitals. Data elements include patient demographics (age, sex, race, marital status), patient medical information (diagnoses, procedures, DRGs), month of admission, number of days of care, expected source of payment, discharge status, geographic region of the hospital, number of hospital beds, and type of hospital ownership.

25. National Nursing Home Survey and National Home and Hospice Care Survey
Division of Health Care Statistics, Long-Term Care Statistics Branch
National Center for Health Care Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Presenter: Barbara J. Haupt, Division of Health Care Statistics, Long-Term Care Statistics Branch, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Care Statistics, 6525 Belcrest Road, Room 952, Hyattsville, MD 20782; phone: (301) 458-4263; fax: (301) 458-4031; e-mail:

The National Nursing Home Survey (NNHS) is a sample survey conducted periodically since the early 1970's, most recently in 1999. It provides data on nursing home and related care facilities, their residents, and discharges. Facility data include ownership, certification, bed size, location, affiliation, staffing, charges for care, and services available to residents. Resident and discharge data include basic demographics, functional status, diagnoses, length of stay, sources of payment, and services received. Data are weighted to provide national estimates. The next NNHS is planned for mid to late 2000.

The National Home and Hospice Care Survey (NHHCS) is a sample survey which began operation in 1992 and was most recently conducted in 1998. It provides data on home health agencies and hospices and their current patients and discharges. Agency data include ownership, certification, location, affiliation, and services available to patients. Patient and discharge data include basic demographics, living arrangements, functional status, diagnoses, caregiver information, referral source, length of stay, source of payment, services received, service providers, and reason for discharge on all discharges. Data are weighted to provide national estimates. The next NHHCS will be conducted August-November 2000. Data from both of these surveys are available in published reports, computer tapes, CD-ROMS, and as downloadable data through the Internet.

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