Data User Workshop: Pittsburgh Youth Study and Northwestern Juvenile Project


This five-day workshop is sponsored by the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data, with support from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. The goal is to orient participants to the content and structure of two landmark longitudinal studies which followed at-risk youth and youth involved in the juvenile justice system through adolescence into early adulthood. Participants will gain a comprehensive understanding of the following datasets:

  1. Northwestern Juvenile Project (NJP), a longitudinal study of the alcohol, drug, and mental health service needs and outcomes of juvenile detainees.
  2. Pittsburgh Youth Study (PYS), a longitudinal study of the etiology of delinquency, substance use, and physical and mental health problems from childhood to early adulthood.

For more information about these datasets, accessible only through the ICPSR Virtual Data Enclave (VDE), consult the study home pages available on the ICPSR website:

  1. NJP:
    • Instructor: Karen Abram, Northwestern University
    • Instructor: Jessica Jakubowski, Northwestern University
  2. PYS:
    • Instructor: Samuel Hawes, Florida International University
    • Instructor: Dustin Pardini, Arizona State University

The workshop consists of in-class lectures, software demonstrations, and data analysis exercises using the VDE. Participants will learn about each dataset including core research questions, study design, and the specific strengths and limitations of each dataset. Participants who complete the training will have working knowledge of how to utilize the VDE to continue to pursue secondary analysis of the featured datasets.

Target audience: While applications from advanced graduate students and senior scholars will be considered, the primary target audience for the workshop is junior (tenure-track) professors or post-doctoral students. Applications are encouraged from emerging scholars interested in using the PYS and NJP data to pursue high-quality research with strong potential to inform effective prevention of crime and delinquency.

Prerequisites: Participants must have strong skills in one or more of the following software packages: SPSS, Stata or SAS. In addition, participants should have some prior experience analyzing complex survey data.

Application: The workshop is free, but space is limited. Apply using the Summer Program Portal (by clicking on the "Registration" tab at the top of this page) to provide your information, select the course, and upload into the Portal a Current Vita along with a Cover Letter describing:

  1. topics and research questions the applicant intends to pursue with PYS and/or NJP data;
  2. prior record of accomplishment in the field of juvenile delinquency, antisocial behavior, developmental criminology and related literatures;
  3. experience analyzing data from large and complex survey datasets (including specific datasets and types of analyses conducted). Please indicate which statistical package you prefer to use during the workshop.

Fee and stipends: The workshop is free. A limited number of stipends to support the cost of travel and housing will be offered. All applicants are eligible to apply. Simply indicate in your cover letter that you wish to apply for a travel stipend.

Deadline: Deadline extended to June 5, 2017 at 12PM ET

Tags: Pittsburgh, Northwestern, juvenile, criminal justice, crime

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