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[OR-Announce] [ICPSR] Free Workshop: Exploring and AnalyzingMonitoring the Future Data: A Primer

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The ICPSR Summer Program would like to announce the following workshop, sponsored by the National Addiction & HIV Data Archive Program:


Exploring and Analyzing Monitoring the Future Data: A Primer


Dates and Location: July 23-25, 2018 in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Instructors: Patricia Berglund (University of Michigan), Deborah Kloska (University of Michigan), Austin McKitrick (University of Michigan)


The Monitoring the Future (MTF) project is a long-term epidemiologic and etiologic study of substance use among the nation’s youth and adults. Cross-sectional annual data are collected from surveys of nationally representative samples of high school seniors (since 1975) and 8th and 10th graders (since 1991). In all, approximately 50,000 students annually respond to approximately 100 drug use and demographic questions, as well as approximately 200 questions on subjects such as attitudes toward government, social institutions, race relations, changing gender roles, educational aspirations, occupational aims, and marital plans. The longitudinal panel study component collects data using biennial follow-up mail surveys with subsamples of about 2,450 respondents from each senior year class since 1976, spanning ages 19 to 30.


This free workshop will introduce participants to the MTF cross-sectional data (public-use and restricted-use) and the restricted-use longitudinal panel data available from the ICPSR/NAHDAP archives.  The workshop will cover the content of MTF public release and restricted-use data, study documentation, data management and analysis planning, and a variety of analytic techniques appropriate for data derived from a complex sample design. The workshop format will be a combination of lectures, discussion, and demonstrations followed by guided lab sessions for participants to work with a subset of MTF restricted-use data.


Prerequisites: Strong interest in analyzing MTF data for publication in peer-reviewed journals or similar reports; excellent understanding of descriptive and regression analysis techniques; and demonstrated ability to use statistical software coding or syntax (rather than a GUI interface) for data management and data analysis. Familiarity with MTF public-use data is helpful but not required.


Eligibility: The workshop is designed for researchers who have an interest in using the MTF restricted-use data.


Application: Admission to this workshop is competitive. Enrollment will be limited to 20 participants. Apply using the ICPSR Summer Program portal. Please upload the following documents with your application:

  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Cover letter summarizing your previous experience with the MTF data, your research interests as related to the use of the MTF restricted-use data, and how attending this workshop will help meet your research or educational goals


Application Deadline: Friday, June 8, 2018. Successful applicants will be notified by Monday, June 25, 2018 of their acceptance.


Course Times: Registration: 8:30 am Monday; Course: 9:00am - 4:00pm Monday and Tuesday and 9:00am - 2:30pm Wednesday


For more information, contact sumprog@icpsr.umich.edu or (734) 763-7400.