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Free Summer Data Workshop: Place in Early Care and Education

Place in Early Care and Education: Using Geographic Information in NSECE Analyses June 21-23, Bethesda, MD

The National Survey of Early Care and Education (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 to age 13. The NSECE helps deepen our understanding of the extent to which families’ needs and preferences coordinate with providers’ offerings and constraints. The study and this workshop are funded by the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation in the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The “Place in Early Care and Education” workshop–held June 21-23, 2016, in Bethesda, MD– will provide data users detailed training on various geographic data available for the NSECE and statistical issues associated with using them. Topics will include use of GIS data collected in the Household Survey, community characteristics merged in from the American Community Survey, reporting state-specific estimates, linking households and providers through the NSECE provider cluster, incorporating other data using geographic identifiers and managing disclosure risk in place-based analyses.

NSECE public-use data files are available for secondary analysis through Research Connections (www.researchconnections.org/childcare/studies/35519). Researchers will not be required to secure restricted use access to participate in the workshop, but many of the topics discussed can only be implemented using restricted use data. Participants will be expected to be familiar with the NSECE prior to attending the workshop.

The workshop is free, but space is limited. Participants must have experience with statistical programming using complex survey data. All applications should include: 1) a resume or curriculum vita, 2) a cover letter describing prior early care and education research experience, knowledge of statistical programming, and experience analyzing large, complex survey data, and 3) a brief description (less than 2 pages) of a possible research question(s) to be explored using the NSECE. Please include at least one original weighted tabulation of NSECE data in your submission.

There is no cost to participate in the workshop. Participants will be responsible for their own travel and food expenses. Applicants will be selected for participation on a rolling basis starting May 1. Submit applications or contact us with any questions at: nsece@norc.org.