Monday, September 13, 2010

Dr. Myrstol attends ICPSR workshop on statistical modeling

Dr. Brad Myrstol, Justice faculty, attended a week-long workshop, August 16-20, on "Analyzing Multilevel & Mixed Models Using Stata," at the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

The focus of this workshop was using statistical models to analyze "nested" data - that is, data collected at multiple levels of analysis (for example, the criminal victimization of individuals within particular neighborhoods). Multi-level modeling techniques allow researchers to isolate the independent effects of both Level-1 (e.g., characteristics of individuals) and Level-2 (e.g., neighborhood characteristics) factors on important outcomes of interest (e.g., criminal victimization). Dr. Myrstol will be using these methods in his research on procedural justice and legal legitimacy.

ICPSR is a unit of the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan. Its mission is to acquire and preserve social science data, to provide open and equitable access to these data, and to promote effective data use.