Data User Training for the NICHD Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development


Presenters, via video:

  • Robert Bradley, Arizona State University
  • Martha Cox, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Renate Houts, Duke University
  • Daniel Keating, University of Michigan
  • Margaret Owen, University of Texas at Dallas

This workshop is designed to train researchers to access, analyze, and use the datasets of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development (SECCYD) - a longitudinal, comprehensive study of the development of children in the context of their families and out-of-home environments - which collected data from 1991 to 2007. Covered topics include the conceptual framework of the study, its methodological design, documentation of research instruments, and documentation of the psychometric properties of a large subset of variables included in the analytical datasets and with the raw datasets. Participants will learn about the most appropriate variables for their analyses and about cutting-edge analytical methods. The expected outcome of the course is for participants to be able to independently use and train others to use the SECCYD databases for original scholarship and publication.

Participants are expected to have a basic understanding of secondary data, fundamental data analysis skills in SPSS, SAS, or Stata, and a substantive interest in early child care and youth development.

Applications: Applications are competitive. Applicants should include a CV and a one-page statement of their research interests that includes their plans for using the SECCYD data. Graduate students must submit a letter of support from their faculty advisor. Supporting materials can be submitted electronically through the Summer Program registration portal on each applicant's Summer Program page.

Note: All applicants must submit the SECCYD User Agreement with their application materials or hold a current SECCYD User Agreement. The User Agreement can be downloaded at SECCYD User Agreement Form.

Location: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Deadline: Application deadline: May 14, 2010

Fee: For those admitted to the workshop, no fee will be assessed.

Stipend: All participants will receive a $1,000 travel stipend provided by the workshop sponsors.


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