Data Sharing for Demographic Research (DSDR) celebrates re-funding after 16 years at ICPSR


 Data Sharing for Demographic Research (DSDR) celebrates re-funding after 16 years at ICPSR


ANN ARBOR – Data Sharing for Demographic Research (DSDR) has earned re-funding from the Population Dynamics Branch of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). The new funding cycle builds on DSDR’s 16-year history of providing access to data primarily related to maternal and child health. DSDR is housed within the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), a unit of the Institute for Social Research (ISR) at the University of Michigan. The mission of DSDR is to make data collections discoverable, accessible, and analyzable to facilitate secondary analysis. DSDR also adheres to ICPSR’s imperative to preserve data for future research.

"We are excited to continue providing access to NICHD-funded data collections and are planning to augment the collection with new types of data including neuro images, biomarkers and administrative sources” said DSDR Project Director John E Marcotte, PhD, noting that the new cycle continues through 2025. In addition to archiving new types of data, DSDR will enhance services to facilitate data analysis and team science. One specialty of DSDR is providing access to restricted-use data while protecting human subjects from disclosure. 

Since 2004, DSDR has:

  • Disseminated and preserved data;
  • Enhanced the science of data sharing;
  • Enabled the sharing of restricted-use data; 
  • Assembled resources to support data analysis like deductive disclosure webinars; and
  • Provided institutional and user support services and community outreach.

Some DSDR studies are among the most-used at ICPSR. The National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health (Add Health), 1994-2008 [Public Use] (ICPSR 21600) is consistently DSDR’s top downloaded public-use study, while the studies in the NICHD Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development (SECCYD) Series are the most requested for restricted data access. Most recently, DSDR released Baby's First Years (BFY), New York City, New Orleans, Omaha, and Twin Cities, 2018-2019, which includes the baseline data for a longitudinal study examining the role that household income plays in affecting children’s early development for children born into low-income families. 

DSDR supports researchers affiliated with NICHD-funded population centers and those researchers whose data have particular relevance to child and maternal health research. In addition to the social sciences, DSDR serves researchers in public health, medicine, and nursing. 


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Contact: Dory Knight-Ingram


Dec 16, 2020

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