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Conference Presentations 2007

  • IASSIST 2007-Building Global Knowledge Communities with Open Data, Montreal, Canada
    Host Institution: McGill University

F3: Extending IASSIST through Outreach (Fri, 2007-05-18)
Chair:Ernie Boyko, Statistics Canada, Retired

  • IASSIST Outreach Activities in Russia
    Tatyana Yudina (Moscow State University)

    [abstract]

    Russia cooperates with the IASSIST since Conference in Poughkeepsie, NY in 1990. University Information System RUSSIA team initiated the contacts. In 2001 other Russian colleagues joined ? Independent Institute for Social Policy and Russian Academy of Sciences Institute of Sociology.
    The Russians benefited much from the IASSIST thanks to reciprocity relations ? 5 seminars have been arranged in Moscow with IASSIST gurus speaking before wide audience of researchers, professors and students.

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  • Preparing Datasets for a National Response
    Daniel Epeh (Ghana AIDS Commission)

    [abstract]

    Created in 2002 by Act 613 the Ghana AIDS Commission established Monitoring & Evaluation Focal Persons at all levels to facilitate the coordination of the national response against HIV/AIDS. This decentralised monitoring mechanism effectively addresses the complex nature of the determinants of HIV transmission. The Focal Persons ensure the implementation of Local M&E Plans. They do this by collecting, collating and compiling routine data for assessing the local response to HIV/AIDS. Various open data storage and retrieval tools (CRIS, EpiInfo) are available to assist in this vein. Although information may be collected at all levels, lapses in standardisation of reporting formats may lead to decision-making vacuums because some agencies have different M&E targets.  Although facing enormous challenges, the HIV/AIDS M&E experience in Ghana has been successful because community, district, regional, national and global monitoring are linked to a common goal set out in the national M&E plan.

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G1: Harmonizing Data and Documentation: Best Practice Examples (Fri, 2007-05-18)
Moderator: Mary Vardigan, Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), University of Michigan

  • Ex-Ante Harmonization Across 30 Counties: Lesson Learned
    Beth-Ellen Pennell (Survey Research Center, University of Michigan)

    [abstract]

    This presentation will discuss the lessons learned from ex ante harmonization and documentation of a large scale cross-national epidemiological study of mental health conducted in more than 30 countries, in 35 languages with more than 200,000 respondents.  Cross-national survey research is inherently more difficult than research conducted in one nation. With cross-national surveys, layers of complexity are added with variations in sample design, survey content and concept comparability, translation approaches, human subject and ethics review and oversight, interviewer staffing and training, quality control processes and procedures, and local conditions, customs, and context.  These issues will be explored within the framework of the harmonization and documentation of the World Mental Health Initiative with commentary on lessons learned and recommended approaches. Discussion and examples will also focus on the levels and types of documentation needed, including questionnaire versions, language translations, and details of the data collection life-cycle.

  • Harmonization of the Collaborative Psychiatric Epidemiology Surveys (CPES)
    Sue Ellen Hansen (Survey Research Center, University of Michigan)

    [abstract]

    The three component studies of the National Institute of Mental Health Collaborative Psychiatric Epidemiology Surveys (CPES) -- the National Comorbidity Survey Replication (NCS-R), the National Latino and Asian American Study (NLAAS), and the National Study of American Lives (NSAL) -- have both overlapping and unique content, similarities and differences in variable naming conventions, and differences in question wording and response options on some common measures.  This presentation describes challenges faced in harmonizing the three datasets, clarifying similarities and differences, and developing interactive Web-based documentation to facilitate understanding and analysis of the merged CPES public use data.  It also describes the processes and tools developed to assist in harmonization, which we view as first steps in the development of best practices for harmonization of datasets at SRC and ICPSR.

  • Aging in Three Countries: A New Data Resource for Comparative Retirement Research
    Amy Pienta (Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), University of Michigan)

    [abstract]

    The Health and Retirement Study (HRS) is an ongoing longitudinal study that began in 1992 and documents the changing social, economic, health, and psychological experiences of men and women, aged 50+.  Since 1992, there have been sister survey data collection efforts in other countries undertaken so that the data might be compared with the United States and with each other.  ICPSR has begun a pilot project to demonstrate the feasibility of organizing, harmonizing, and presenting these data in a way that facilitates research and demonstrates the extent to which the data are comparable (or not).  Metadata from the HRS, the English Longitudinal Study on Aging, and the Mexican Health and Aging Study are combined into an interactive tool for researchers.  Results of the harmonization and this tool will be demonstrated.

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G2: Does Anyone have the Question to My Answer: Survey Data Question Banks (Fri, 2007-05-18)
Chair:Gail Curry, University of Northern British Columbia

  • Improving Data Services by the Creation of a Question Database
    Nanna Floor Clausen (Danish Data Archive)

    [abstract]

    This paper will demonstrate and discuss how a question database will be of great value for both the social science research community but also for Data Archives. The question database will hold information on every question from the questionnaires deposited in the archive. The database will be searchable from the Web via a dedicated search interface. Having access to the full and original question wording will improve data services in several ways. The paper will present the new advantages and possibilities such as 1) Users will have an additional method for identifying more precisely relevant surveys, links to all the surveys using the given question, 2) the possibility of making comparative research of the surveys using a given question, 3) support in the construction of new questions and questionnaires-new research projects as the question wordings themselves reflect the time and circumstances in which they were designed-more open access and insight in the surveys and the data via the question database. The paper will discuss issues involved in designing, creating and maintaining a question database and the benefits it creates.

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  • Displaying Survey Questionnaires to Data Users: Accuracy versus Clarity
    Graham Hughes (ESRC Question Bank, University of Surrey)

    [abstract]

    This session will provide a practical demonstration of a web resource, the ESRC Question Bank (Qb), which displays survey questionnaires and methodologies. In the past year the Qb has undergone extensive redesign to improve its usefulness. This demonstration will have two key aims: firstly to examine what the Qb is and how it may be used in conjunction with other data resources, secondly to show how it may be used to examine different questionnaire documentation styles and make comparisons between them. Two particular issues arising from the facilities in CAPI programs (mainly Blaise in the UK) will be discussed:  routing and control checks. The variety of solutions to the problems of reporting these functions adopted by survey agencies will be highlighted. This will be interpreted from the viewpoint of the secondary analyst, making clear the need for DDI standards in this area.

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G3: Towards a National Infrastructure for Community Statistics: Local Data Sharing Issues and Resources (Fri, 2007-05-18)
Chair:Rebecca Blash, The Brookings Institution

  • Guide to Administrative Data Records Library: Past, Present, and Future
    Claudia Coulton (Case Western Reserve)

    [abstract]

    This paper begins with a brief section on recent developments in the work on neighborhood indicators, followed by a discussion of some of the practical and methodological challenges of using administrative records data for indicators. The main body of the monograph is a catalog that describes the types of administrative records that are being used to craft neighborhood indicators. The descriptions are brief and where possible the reader is referred to sources for additional information

  • Statistical Metadata and NNIP Data Sharing Guide
    Kathryn Pettit (The Urban Institute)

    [abstract]

    In cities across the country, organizations belonging to the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership (NNIP) have assembled recurrently-updated neighborhood level data in order to promote the use of information in community building and neighborhood development. The Partnership is currently developing a guidebook based on the partners' experiences in data-sharing to assist other intermediary organizations. This presentation will give a preview of the guide by suggesting strategies for political negotiations in requesting data from agency officials; describing common elements in memoranda of agreement; and recommending procedures for responsibly handling confidential data.

  • NICS: Issues and Resources
    Dan Gillman (Bureau of Labor Statistics)
    Laura Smith (The Brookings Institution)

    [abstract]

    Statistical metadata is commonly defined as data about data.  In fact, it is much more than the catchy phrase implies.  The metadata related to a particular statistical dataset identify the data and describe its content and quality so that data users can retrieve, use, and process the data appropriately.   Metadata document information about a statistical dataset’s background, purpose, content, collection, processing, quality, and related information that an analyst needs to find, and properly understand and manipulate the data.  The information in a statistical metadata system is essentially a reference library about a dataset.  As such, the metadata for a statistical dataset broadens the number and diversity of people who can successfully use a data source once it is released. It is the purpose of this paper to discuss issues related to the development and use of statistical metadata and to describe resources to standardize and automate statistical metadata.  While there are many types of metadata – this paper is concerned only with statistical metadata.

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