The 2016 ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research was a terrific success! The Program offered over 120 courses across a comprehensive array of topics, from introductory statistics to cutting-edge methodologies and analytic techniques.
The 2016 Summer Program delivered courses in two formats: Four-week sessions and shorter (two- to-five day) workshops. The first four-week session ran from June 20 to July 15, 2016; the second four-week session from July 18 to August 12, 2016. Both of the four-week sessions were held on the campus of the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor. In these sessions, participants took workshops on a range of introductory and advanced methodological approaches (including linear regression, categorical analysis, maximum likelihood estimation, scaling/dimensional analysis, Bayesian statistics, causal inference, and time series analysis) along with lectures that focused on fundamental mathematical skills (matrix algebra and calculus) and software applications in SPSS, SAS, Stata, and the R statistical Computing Environment. Over 65 lectures and workshops were offered during the four-week sessions of the 2016 Summer Program. In addition, the four-week sessions contained over 30 special presentations and discussions on methodological approaches (advanced topics in multilevel models, statistical inference in network models), professional socialization topics (publishing in academic journals, grant-writing, teaching statistics, data transparency and reproducibility strategies), and substantive issues in the social sciences (e.g., the role of ethnicity in organizational activity and the impact of race on political participation).
The 2016 ICPSR Summer Program also contained 49 two- to five-day workshops. These shorter classes covered a diverse set of statistical and substantive topics, and many different methodological approaches. The workshops ranged from courses on qualitative and mixed methods to classes on advanced quantitative approaches (e.g., multilevel methods, structural equation models, item response theory, and text analytics) as well as others that were focused on specific substantive topics (child health issues, income dynamics, data transparency and reproducibility). About half of the two- to five-day workshops took place in Ann Arbor; the remainder were held in a number of other locations across North America-- Amherst, MA; Berkeley, CA; Bloomington, IN; Boulder, CO; Chapel Hill, NC; Montreal, Quebec, Canada; and New York, NY. And, for the first time, the 2016 ICPSR Summer Program offered short workshops in Annapolis, MD, and Lisbon, Portugal.
We are now working on the schedule for the 2017 ICPSR Summer Program. The first four-week Session will be held from June 26 to July 21, 2017, and the second Four-week Session will be held from July 24 to August 18, 2017. As always, both of the Four-week Sessions will be offered on the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor and, once again, they will contain a comprehensive set of lectures, workshops, and special presentations. The short workshops will be held from early May to mid-August, 2017, in Ann Arbor as well at various other locations in North America. We plan to expand the short workshops to cover additional topics and to offer them in even more locations across the world!
Please check back in early 2017 for a complete schedule of next year’s Summer Program offerings. We hope that you will join us next year in the four-week Sessions, the short workshops, or both! As one recent participant expressed it: “The ICPSR Summer Program is a life-changing experience!”
Saundra K. Schneider