New Summer Workshop on Exploring and Analyzing the Monitoring the Future Data

NAHDAP will host a FREE course in the ICPSR’s Summer Program titled "Exploring and Analyzing Monitoring thalte Future Data: A Primer.” The workshop will be in Ann Arbor from July 23-25, 2018.

The Monitoring the Future (MTF) project ( is a long-term epidemiologic and etiologic study of substance use among the nation’s youth and adults. Cross-sectional annual data are collected from surveys of nationally representative samples of high school seniors (since 1975) and 8th and 10th graders (since 1991). In all, approximately 50,000 students annually respond to about 100 drug use and demographic questions, as well as to about 200 questions on subjects such as attitudes toward government, social institutions, race relations, changing gender roles, educational aspirations, occupational aims, and marital plans. The longitudinal panel study component collects data using biennial follow-up mail surveys with subsamples of about 2,450 respondents from each senior year class since 1976, spanning ages 19 to 30.

The three-day workshop will introduce participants to the MTF cross-sectional data (public-use and restricted-use) and the restricted-use longitudinal panel data available from the ICPSR/NAHDAP archives.  The workshop will cover the content of MTF public release and restricted-use data, study documentation, data management and analysis planning, and a variety of analytic techniques appropriate for data derived from a complex sample design. The workshop format will be a combination of lectures, discussion and demonstrations followed by guided lab sessions for participants to work with a subset of the MTF restricted-use data.

Prerequisites:  Strong interest in analyzing MTF data for publication in peer-reviewed journals or similar reports; excellent understanding of descriptive and regression analysis techniques; and demonstrated ability to use statistical software coding or syntax (rather than a GUI interface) for data management and data analysis. Familiarity with MTF public-use data is helpful but not required.

Eligibility: The workshop is designed for researchers who have an interest in using the MTF restricted-use data.

Application: Admission to this workshop is competitive. Enrollment will be limited to 20 participants.  Apply using the Summer Program portal (see link it the course title above) to provide your information, select the course, and provide your quantitative/statistical experience. Also, please upload the following documents with your application:

  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Cover letter summarizing your previous experience with the MTF data, your research interests as related to the use of the MTF restricted-use data, and how attending this workshop will help meet your research or educational goals

Deadline: Application deadline is Friday, June 8, 2018. Successful applicants will be notified by Monday, June 25, 2018 of their acceptance.

Fee:  There is no tuition fee for this course

Time(s): Registration: 8:30am Monday; Course: 9:00am - 4:00pm Monday and Tuesday and 9:00am - 2:30pm Wednesday

Please share this announcement with anyone you know who might be interested in this course!

NAHDAP is sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Mar 14, 2018

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