ICPSR Announces Recipients of the Piper Simmons Data Contributor of the Year Award



ANN ARBOR–ICPSR is excited to announce the recipients of the inaugural Data Contributor of the Year Award. Named for longtime ICPSR data acquisitions champion Piper Simmons, the award was established to recognize the outstanding effort of a data contributor to share important data contributing significantly to social and behavioral research. 

The winner for 2022 is the National Couples’ Health and Time Study (NCHAT) team, led by Co-Principal Investigators Claire Kamp Dush and Wendy Manning. The award will be presented at the State of the Consortium event during the 2022 ICPSR Data Fair on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022, at 12 pm ET.

NCHAT is a nationally-representative, multi-method study of cohabiting and married individuals ages 20 to 60 who were in a same- or different-gender couple in the United States during the COVID-19 pandemic. The sample includes 3,642 main respondents and 1,515 spouses/partners.

NCHAT Main Respondent data were recently released at ICPSR via the Data Sharing for Demographic Research (DSDR) project. Expected to be one of ICPSR’s most-analyzed studies, NCHAT data will allow other researchers to examine the experiences of co-habiting partners in areas related to relationship functioning, emotion regulation, discrimination, racial trauma, physical health, psychological well-being, health behaviors, stressors, and time use during the Covid-19 pandemic. Also notable is NCHAT’s diverse sampling procedures, which allow for research on historically underrepresented populations.

NCHAT is funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development, The Office of the Director, and the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. The project also benefited from support provided by the University of Minnesota’s Minnesota Population Center and the Bowling Green State University’s Center for Family and Demographic Research.


About the Piper Simmons Data Contributor of the Year Award

Piper Simmons, who retired in 2019 from ICPSR, passed away in 2022 and left a legacy of passionately working with researchers to navigate data sharing through ICPSR. Each year, ICPSR staff nominates a data depositor who deserves to be recognized by ICPSR for being a good data steward and demonstrating the values around data sharing for which Piper would be proud.



Since 1962, ICPSR has kept data accessible, training generations of researchers in its stats summer camp, the ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research. ICPSR is part of the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research.


Contact: Dory Knight-Ingram


Sep 12, 2022

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