Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Dr. Payne to attend Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) summer program

Dr. Troy Payne, Justice faculty, will attend an Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) summer program in July on "Time Series Analysis" which examines how time series methods can be applied to social science research.

Time series data - chronological sequences of observations - can be used with statistical models that allow researchers to look at the movement of social science variables over time (e.g., public opinion, government policy, judicial decisions, socioeconomic measures). The results allow analysts to estimate relationships between variables and test hypotheses regarding time-ordered data.

ICPSR’s summer program was established in 1963 and is recognized internationally for its basic and advanced training in social science research methodologies and technologies.  The focus is multidisciplinary and addresses the theoretical and practical concerns that arise in research on substantive social issues.

ICPSR also acts as a data repository and archive. ICPSR's data archive of more than 500,000 files of research in the social sciences, and 16 specialized collections of data in education, aging, criminal justice, substance abuse, terrorism and other fields is available to UAA-affiliated faculty, staff, and students through the Justice Center's maintenance of active ICPSR membership. Researchers at member institutions can access data from a wide range of studies for secondary data analysis at no per-project cost. Dr. Payne is the UAA representative for ICPSR and can facilitate requests from the UAA community to access and utilize ICPSR data. Contact Dr. Payne about ICPSR data access.