Data Training Workshop on the Youth Participatory Politics Survey Project -- Stipends Available!

What: Workshop: Youth Participatory Politics Survey Project Data for Secondary Analysis

When: 1:30-5:30PM Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Where: American Political Science Association (APSA) Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California

Stipend Application Deadline: July 12, 2017


The Youth Participatory Politics Survey Project (YPPSP) has collected multiple waves of survey data from nationally representative samples of young people in the United States with oversamples of African American and Latino youth. Roughly 3,000 youth responded to each wave of the survey with 728 participating in both waves.  The survey project is led by Principal Investigators Cathy Cohen  (University of Chicago) and Joseph Kahne (University of California, Riverside). Our surveys include questions that examine the quantity, quality, and equality of youth new media practices, political and civic attitudes and behavior, and engagement in what we have labeled digitally enabled “participatory politics.” These data allow researchers to investigate how youth from a variety of backgrounds participate in and experience public life, online and off.


This workshop provides a unique opportunity to learn about the datasets first-hand from the Principal Investigators, including in-depth background information about the study’s conceptualization and discussion of the data’s potential for secondary analysis. This workshop will include a presentation by members of the original research team, describing the datasets along with statistical analyses already completed. Rounding out the workshop will be a presentation about accessing data for secondary analysis by University of Michigan/ICPSR’s CivicLEADS project, which provides access to these datasets and many more (see All those attending the workshop will be given exclusive access to the second wave of the dataset.  Public access to this second wave will not be available until January 2018.  Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop computer with statistical analysis software to allow for data exploration during the workshop.


The workshop seeks to provide participants with the following:

  • Objective 1: Extensive information about YPPSP, its data collection, and datasets;
  • Objective 2: Discussion of youth civic engagement, social media, and their application in research design;
  • Objective 3: Hands-on demonstration of how to access, download, and analyze the datasets;
  • Objective 4: Exclusive access to wave 2 of the YPPSP dataset;
  • Objective 5: Opportunities for group and individual discussion about YPPSP and potential secondary analysis;
  • Objective 6: Networking with peers who are also interested in civic engagement research and YPPSP to spark collaboration.


Registration for the workshop is now open, and the listing for the workshop is on the APSA website.


The workshop will be presented by Cathy Cohen – University of Chicago (Principal Investigator), Joseph Kahne –  University of California, Riverside (Principal Investigator), Ben Bowyer – Santa Clara University (Statistical Research Lead), Susan Jekielek – University of Michigan/ICPSR (Director of CivicLEADS), and David Bleckley – University of Michigan/ICPSR (Research Associate).


Graduate students and junior researchers are especially encouraged to attend this workshop as the YPPSP data provide an opportunity to analyze large, nationally-representative datasets which explore topics ranging from social and new media use to civic involvement to political socialization. Stipends of $500 are available for promising graduate students and junior faculty to support their participation in this workshop and the Annual Meeting of APSA. In addition to registering for the workshop here, participants interested in the stipend must send an application to All applications must include a CV along with a cover letter describing the applicant’s:

  • Interest in youth new media practices, participatory politics, or similar topics;
  • Potential research questions to explore with the YPPSP data;
  • Previous experience and/or training analyzing survey data; and
  • How this workshop and these data could impact their career and research.


Stipend applications must be received by July 12, 2017 for consideration.  For more information on applying for a stipend, please contact us at


Jun 5, 2017

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