Partners and Projects
SSDAN has been involved in collaborative projects with:
- American Sociological Association has partnered with SSDAN's "Census in the Classroom" for its IDA (Integrated Data Analysis) initiative. [read more]
- Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) collaborates with SSDAN on the Quantitative Social Science Digital Library and to complete their Course, Curriculum and Laboratory Improvement project.
- Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College partnered with SSDAN to complete their Course, Curriculum and Laboratory Improvement project.
- The U.S. Census Bureau worked with SSDAN to create a user guide for the American Community Survey and to complete the DataFerret Hot Reports project.
- Public Data Queries, Inc, of Ann Arbor, Michigan worked with SSDAN to create a user guide for its PDQ-Explore software.
Course, Curriculum and Laboratory Improvement (CCLI)
The Course, Curriculum and Laboratory Improvement project will build upon the current success of SSDAN and theICPSR to transform teaching in the social science by infusing quantitative literacy through the curriculum and providing undergraduates active experience with the most advanced social science data. This project will help to reduce the “quantitative reasoning gap” between what students learn in early courses and the importance of empirical research in the social sciences.
Teaching with Data (TwD) provides a single online source making it easy for instructors to find user-friendly, data-driven instructional materials in the social science. Using this multi-faceted online interface that includes access to data, repackaged data, analytical and graphing tools as well as social-networking functions, instructors can explore and share teaching experiences and materials. The aim of this project is to promote quantitative literacy, and reduce the “quantitative literacy gap” found in the undergraduate social science population by helping instructors to find high quality teaching materials that include data for student exercises and research.
American Community Survey CensusScope "Hot Reports"
Using the DataFerrett Hot Reports technology, SSDAN will utilize new American Community Survey (ACS) data to create a dynamic page highlighting social and demographic trends for CensusScope. These pages will display ACS data in visual, interactive formats to engage users with new Census Bureau data.
CensusScope is an easy-to-use tool for investigating U.S. demographic trends. With eye-catching graphics and exportable trend data, CensusScope is designed for both generalists and specialists. CensusScope was originally developed in 2001 following the early releases of Census 2000 data, but the site is undergoing an update in preparation for Census 2010 and American Community Survey data.