The National Survey of Early Care and Education (NSECE) is the first study of its kind in over 20 years. The NSECE provides a national picture of families' non parental care utilization, as well as characteristics of both home-based and center-based providers for children birth through age 13. The NSECE will help deepen the understanding of the extent to which families' needs and preferences coordinate with providers' offerings and constraints.
This workshop will provide an opportunity for researchers to explore advanced topics related to the National Survey of Early Care and Education (NSECE). Along with a discussion of the unique characteristics of the NSECE, the workshop will introduce potential data users to technical issues associated with using the NSECE for secondary analysis. In addition, participants will receive guidance on mastering the complex aspects of the study, including useful programming techniques and additional statistical resources. Advanced topics will include the use of children's age categories, classifying types of care across files, and determining cost of care to families or price of care charged by providers. The workshop will discuss how to conduct comparable analyses across data files.
Some NSECE public-use data files are already available for secondary analysis through Research Connections (www.researchconnections.org/childcare/studies/35519). More public and restricted-use data files will become available on a rolling release schedule. This workshop will focus on the NSECE public-use files, however information covered may also be relevant to the NSECE restricted-use files. (Actual linking of household and provider data files will not be addressed, as such linkages require restricted-use data.)
The workshop is free, but space is limited. Researchers interested in using the NSECE to answer policy relevant questions in early care and education are encouraged to apply. Participants must have programming experience in one or more of the following software packages: SAS, Stata, or SPSS. In addition, participants should have experience using large, complex survey data. All applications must include a vita along with a cover letter describing:
- research questions intended to be explored using the NSECE
- prior early care and education research experience
- experience analyzing large, complex survey data (including specific data sets and types of analyses conducted).
Please also indicate which statistical package in which you intend to work. Participants will be expected to become familiar with NSECE documentation prior to attending the workshop.
Admitted graduate students, post-doctoral scholars, and junior faculty/researchers will be considered for one of a limited number of stipends to help with travel and housing costs. To be considered for one of these awards, applicants must also submit a letter of support from a senior faculty member, mentor, or advisor.
Application deadline: May 29, 2015
Applications are competitive. A limited number of stipends will be awarded.
For more information or to apply, visit: http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/sumprog/courses/0204.