SSDAN's primary goal is making U.S. census, demographic and social scientific data accessible to policymakers, educators, the media and informed citizens. To help achieve this, we have created various types of demographic media, such as user guides, websites and hands-on classroom computer materials, and made them all available online, free of charge.
DataCounts! is an archive of datasets and teaching modules created for SSDAN's Census in the Classroom project. SSDAN's Census in the Classroom provides educators with resources to integrate data analysis exercises into their curricula.
This site is designed to encourage the use of data analysis software (StudentCHIP and WebCHIP) which are an integral part of the Census in the Classroom project. This site provides all the tools needed for understanding and using these resources.
CensusScope was designed, developed, and programmed by associates of SSDAN. Since the site was launched in 2001, it has received numerous awards and reviews. censusscope.org logoIn the summer of 2002, CensusScope was selected as a "Yahoo! Picks" site of the day, a USA Today "Hot Site", and was featured on National Public Radio.
Read more on what people are saying about CensusScope. CensusScope's architecture allows for some rather unconventional "site maps": these are the states, counties, and metro areas most popular with CensusScope users.
Teaching with Data is a portal where faculty can find resources and ideas to reduce the challenges of bringing real data into post-secondary classes. Using real data is a great way for students to become more engaged in the content of a course, but significant barriers, largely in terms instructor preparation, exist that can make using data a challenge. Teaching with Data allows faculty to introduce and build students' quantitative reasoning abilities with readily available, user-friendly, data-driven teaching materials. Including data early and often throughout the curriculum not only allows students to practice quantitative skills such as reading tables or translating numbers into graphs or charts, but their interest in and understanding of course material can be piqued by the excitement of doing empirical work. Additionally, opportunities to see how social scientists examine issues and draw conclusions should lessen the disconnect many students experience between substantive and methods/statistics courses. with the content of a course, to experience the work of social scientists, and strengthen valuable skills that will useful in everyday life, even if they do not take another social science course.
Teaching with Data is a partnership between the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) and the Social Science Data Analysis Network (SSDAN), both at the University of Michigan. The project is funded by NSF Award 0840642, George Alter (ICPSR), PI and William Frey (SSDAN), co-PI.