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Welcome to SSDAN!

The Social Science Data Analysis Network (SSDAN) is a university-based organization that creates demographic media (such as user guides, web sites, and hands-on classroom computer materials) that make U.S. census data accessible to policymakers, educators, the media, and informed citizens. SSDAN is directed by demographer William H. Frey and utilizes facilities at the Population Studies Center, University of Michigan.

How to Use SSDAN


SSDAN provides a wealth of print publications as well as online tools and resources to help you explore demographic trends and further quantitative literacy.  To access our resources, navigate through our menu items above or click on our featured products in the box to the left.  Highlights of our online content are also regularly updated in our blog below.

Inquiry-based Learning with Quantitative Data


On November 9th, 2012, SSDAN in collaboration with ICPSR and affiliated faculty members Dana Greene (Univ. of North Carolina - Chapel Hill) and Jill Bouma (Berea College) presented at the Association of American Colleges & Universities conference on "Next Generation STEM Learning" in Kansas City, Missouri.   Jill Bouma, Dana Greene, and John Paul DeWitt discussed the advantages and importance of integrating quantitative data analysis throughout the undergraduate social science curricula, and their slideshow can be found attached.
If you have questions or comments, please feel free to contact us to find out how we can support your efforts to incorportate data analysis and improve quantitative literacy.
Powerpoint Slides

Happy Halloween!


Happy Halloween! For some spooky statistics, check out the Census Bureau's report on Halloween 2012 here.

SSDAN and ICPSR Host Webinar on Teaching with Contingency Tables


The Social Science Data Analysis Network, in partnership with the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), will host a webinar on June 14, 2012 at 2PM EDT, presented by SSDAN Director Bill Frey.

This webinar, part of an ongoing series, will focus on "Teaching with Contingency Tables" in substantive undergraduate sociology courses using the DataCounts! web site and WebCHIP software. If you have ever wondered how to easily teach students how to interpret and manipulate social data such as that from the U.S. Census, then you are encouraged to participate!

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