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  • Publish Date:2022/04/26
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FREE workshop on Monitoring the Future data


Subject: FREE workshop on Monitoring the Future data


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Free four-day workshop on long-running survey

Exploring and Analyzing Monitoring the Future Data: A Primer

  • Deborah D. Kloska, University of Michigan
  • Devi Putcha, University of Michigan
  • Yvonne Terry-McElrath, University of Michigan
Dates: June 27-30, 2022
Format: Hybrid (in-person or virtual)
The Monitoring the Future (MTF) project (http://monitoringthefuture.org/) is a long-term epidemiologic and etiologic study of substance use among the nation’s youth and adults. Funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse since 1975, the MTF project has collected data annually from nationally representative samples of high school seniors. Beginning in 1991, similar surveys of nationally representative samples of 8th and 10th graders have been collected as well. In all, approximately 50,000 students annually respond to about 100 drug use and demographic questions, as well as to about 200 questions on subjects such as attitudes toward government, social institutions, race relations, changing gender roles, educational aspirations, occupational aims, and marital plans.

The MTF project also includes a longitudinal panel study component, now spanning ages 19-60. For the young adults (ages 19-30), biennial follow-up mail surveys have been conducted with subsamples of about 2,450 respondents from each senior year class since 1976. Each subsample is randomly split in half, to be followed every other year, meaning that one-half begins its first follow-up the very next year at modal age 19, and the other half of the sample begins its first follow-up in the second year at modal age 20. Respondents receive the same survey form for follow-up as they completed as high school seniors, and the follow-ups continue biennially through age 30. When the selected panel respondents reach age 35 (middle adulthood), MTF again reaches out to the panel respondents to obtain their continued participation at 5-year intervals from age 35 through age 60. A single form of the MTF survey is presented at each middle adult age covering many of the same topics as the age 19-30 surveys and including additional questions on life events, drug use, and health.

The four-day 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, as time and interest allow, a variety of analytic techniques appropriate for data derived from a complex sample design. The workshop format will be a combination of in-person lecture and synchronous virtual participation via Zoom, discussions, and demonstrations followed by lab sessions for participants to work with a subset of the MTF restricted-use data. From 3-4pm Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, time will be available to meet with the instructors to discuss specific plans individuals have for applying for and working with the MTF 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 SAS, Stata, R or SPSS software (using 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.

Software: The course will be taught using SAS 9.4. We anticipate that users of other software can generalize to their statistical software of choice.

Application: Admission to this workshop is competitive. Enrollment will be limited to 12-15 participants. Apply using the Short Workshop Registration Portal to provide your information, select the course, and provide your quantitative/statistical experience. Also, please upload the following documents here:
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Cover letter summarizing any 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

Deadline: Application deadline is Friday, May 20, 2022. Successful applicants will be notified by Friday, May 27, 2022 of their acceptance.

Fee:  There is no tuition fee for this course.

Location: Ann Arbor, MI or virtually.
Register Here
Upload Application Materials Here
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