Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research Workshops

Many researchers are familiar with the data sets available through the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research.   An international consortium of over 700 academic institutions and research centers, the ICPSR provides curation, storage and access to over a half million data sets and associated files.  The  consortium also provides basic and advanced training in a wide range of methodologies and techniques for research across the social, behavioral, and medical sciences.Data Visualization

The Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research offers two intensive four-week programs on-site in Ann Arbor, Michigan, as well as the opportunity to take shorter workshops both at ICPSR and other locations.  Programs of study include: research design, statistics, data analysis, and social science methodology.  Registration for the 2016 Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research  is open on Monday, February 8.  Since DePaul is an ICPSR member institution, our faculty and students receive a substantial tuition discount.  Graduate students and pre-tenure scholars are also eligible to apply for a fee-waiver scholarship.  For more information, visit the ICPSR Summer Program site.

“I highly recommend the Summer Program at ICPSR because it is a wonderful opportunity to increase and improve analytical skillsets in a low-pressure, friendly environment.  The organizers do a wonderful job of providing a wide variety of workshops, from those that introduce participants to software packages (like R) to those that introduce advanced level methods (like Bayesian models).  ICPSR have recruited some of the biggest names doing academic research to conduct the workshops.  Their 3-5 day workshops and their longer courses are well worth the time and resource investment.”

-Jessica Bishop-Royce, DePaul’s Social Science Research Center

The ICPSR also offers online resources for faculty working with undergraduates. For an introduction to how to provide a data-driven learning experience for your undergraduate students, check out ICPSR’s  page “Teaching and Learning with ICPSR,” which includes learning guides and topic-based exercise modules.

For questions about ICPSR workshops, data and document access, contact our ICPSR Designated Representative, Elisa Addlesperger, Business and Social Sciences Librarian, at:



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