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1 MADGIC Workshop Series, 2001 MADGIC Presents: Dont Let Data Get You DOWN! How to make the most of your data resources

2 MADGIC Workshop Series, 2001 Things to remember about surveys u Sponsorship (who paid for the study?) u Do they have an agenda? u Who collected the data? u Do they have a reputation for accuracy? u Does the author use anecdotal evidence when data are available?

3 MADGIC Workshop Series, 2001 About the Data Centre (http://www.carleton.ca/~ssdata) u Established in 1966 u Located near the information desk at MADGIC u Holds a wide variety of data sets from various sources u Provides consultation on the use of data in teaching and research

4 MADGIC Workshop Series, 2001 Canadian Data Sources u Statistics Canada through the Data Liberation Initiative u Public opinion data u Gallup Canada ( ) u POLLARA ( ) u SSHRC-funded studies u DMTI Spatial

5 MADGIC Workshop Series, 2001 Data Liberation Initiative (http://www.statcan.ca/english/Dli/dli.htm) u Major breakthrough in access! u Includes all Statistics Canadas public datafiles, databases and geographic files u Restrictions on use u Teaching u Research (non-commercial)

6 MADGIC Workshop Series, 2001 Data Liberation Initiative (cont) u Census 96 u Longitudinal data u Kids survey u SLID u NPHS u General Social Surveys (1-13) u CANSIM

7 MADGIC Workshop Series, 2001 Data Liberation Initiative (cont) u Absence from Work u Violence Against Women u Volunteers u Literacy (national and international) u many, many more

8 MADGIC Workshop Series, 2001 Public Opinion Polls u Gallup Canada ( ) u Most comprehensive collection in existence u POLLARA (formerly Insight Canada Research) u Quarterly reports ( ) u Special topics ( )

9 MADGIC Workshop Series, 2001 DMTI Spatial (www.dmtispatial.com) u First pan-Canadian private industry/post- secondary consortium u Street mapping files for every community over 1,000 u points of interest u distances and directions u Topographic files u Postal-code files u Geo-coding software (Geo-Pinpoint)

10 MADGIC Workshop Series, 2001 SSHRC-funded studies u Canadian election studies ( , including referenda) u Class Structure Survey u Violence in Dating Relationships

11 Foreign and International Data Sources Foreign and International Data Sources u ICPSR u ISSP u IFDO/CESSDA u United Nations u European Community MADGIC Workshop Series, 2001

12 ICPSR (http://www.icpsr.umich.edu) u 340-member data cooperative u More than 40,000 datasets u Mostly US, but a good collection of international data u World-renowned summer program in social statistics

13 MADGIC Workshop Series, 2001 ISSP ( ) (http://www.issp.org) u Data from over 35 countries u Canada joined in 1992 (Carleton collects Canadian data) u Annual survey/theme repeated about every 5 years u Great source for comparative analyses

14 MADGIC Workshop Series, 2001 ISSP ( ) (cont) u Topics include: u Role of government/national identity u Social inequality u Environment u Family and gender roles u Work orientations u Religion

15 IFDO/CESSDA ( ) u represents major national archives and data centres u works on international data- sharing agreements u European catalogue available on the web MADGIC Workshop Series, 2001

16 United Nations (www.un.org/databases) u Some data (eg. rollcalls) available through ICPSR u Monthly Bulletin of Statistics u Social Indicators* u Other data available from individual organizations (eg. UNICEF, UNESCO) MADGIC Workshop Series, 2001

17 European Community (www.mzes.uni-mannheim.de/eurodata/links.html) u Research institute located at the University of Mannheim u Comprehensive list of statistical sources including major data archives u Links to national statistical offices around the world MADGIC Workshop Series, 2001

18 Services Offered u Help u Locating useful data u Accessing data u Using SPSS for UNIX or Windows u Using Statistical CD-ROMs u In-class presentations u Creation of tailored subsets for use in SPSS for Windows u Consulting

19 MADGIC Workshop Series, 2001 Other Useful URLs u Craig McKies Social Science Research Page u u U of Toronto Databases u u Statistics Canada u

20 MADGIC Workshop Series, 2001 Other Useful URLs (contd) u E-STAT u u Census Community Profiles u u US Bureau of the Census u

21 MADGIC Workshop Series, 2001 Contact Information u Wendy Watkins x 8376 u u Jane Fry x 1121 u u Data Centre x 2619 u


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