Conducting Research Using the 2014 Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP): Introductory Workshop


This workshop will introduce participants to the use of microdata from the reengineered 2014 "Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP)" and provide hands-on applications to prepare them to conduct their own SIPP-based research project.

SIPP experts from the Census Bureau will lead the workshop.

Aims for the workshop:

  • Familiarize participants with Census Bureau concepts such as earnings, household income, program participation, poverty, race, ethnicity, labor force status, and migration.
  • Provide practical tips for handling the SIPP's complex sample design.
  • Provide hands-on demonstrations for accessing SIPP data via the Census Bureau's FTP site and the NBER SIPP data page. Flash drives containing the data files and documentation will also be provided.
  • Provide hands-on demonstrations of analyses of SIPP data related to poverty, employment, and participation in safety net programs.
  • Provide participants with an opportunity to conduct analyses for their own research projects and produce preliminary findings along with an appropriate public-use SIPP data set that can be used upon return to an individual's home institution.
  • Provide opportunities to discuss the current status of key research and policy issues with nationally recognized experts.

Classes meet for a three-hour session each morning and a three-hour session each afternoon. Participants will extract, work with, and analyze public-use microdata files from Wave 1 of the 2014 SIPP. This workshop will not offer instruction in statistics or formal research methods.

Applications will be accepted from faculty; postdoctoral fellows; advanced doctoral students; federal, state, and local-level policy and research analysts; researchers at non-profit organizations; and others who would benefit from this workshop. Preference will be given to applicants who meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Analysts who work for government agencies and nonprofit organizations who do not have access to instruction on using the SIPP.
  • Emerging scholars (Assistant Professors, Postdoctoral Fellows, and Advanced Doctoral Students) working at universities and colleges that do not offer instruction in the use of SIPP.
  • Members of groups historically under-represented in the social sciences. Faculty members from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), and Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) are particularly encouraged to apply.

Admission to this workshop is competitive. Enrollment is limited to 25 participants. To apply, use the "Registration" tab at the top of this page to provide your information and select the SIPP course. Also, upload the following items as a single PDF file, in the order listed below, via the registration Portal:

  1. Cover sheet with your name and institutional affiliation with mailing address, email address, and telephone number
  2. Curriculum vita or resume
  3. Brief summary of your current research or analysis activities (about 2 pages)
  4. Description of how analyses of the SIPP Microdata will benefit your research and/or the analysis needs of your agency or organization (no more than 2 pages)

Fee: No tuition fee for the course.

Deadline: Application deadline is July 31, 2017 at 5 PM Eastern Time. Decisions will be announced no later than Monday, August 14, 2017

Classes will be held at the Bureau of Labor Statistics in Washington, D.C.

Sponsors: Survey Research Center in collaboration with Poverty Solutions and the ICPSR Summer Program, the University of Michigan.

NSF-Census Research Network project of the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan. Funded by National Science Foundation Grant No. SES 1131500.

Tags: SIPP

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