A data revolution is transforming social policy research. We are awash in large datasets measuring all parts of our lives and society, and researchers and analysts are increasingly tasked with acquiring, analyzing, and effectively communicating results distilled from these massive data sources. In this full-day workshop, you will learn how to acquire and analyze data from the Integrated Public Use Microdata Series (IPUMS), one of the largest population databases in the world, and communicate your results through data visualization.
Taught by demographic data and visualization experts Jose Pacas, Jonathan Schwabish, and Dave Van Riper, this workshop will show you how to use IPUMS products effectively and plan and develop IPUMS data visualizations. Through lectures and hands-on exercises, instructors will guide you through key aspects of acquiring, preparing, and analyzing IPUMS data; introduce you to data visualization best practices and strategies; and help you create your own IPUMS data visualizations.
To maximize attendance, we have scheduled this event for the day before the Population Association of America's annual meeting.
Who This Course Is For
This workshop is for anyone involved in data analysis who wants to learn about the resources available at IPUMS and how to prepare, analyze, and visualize IPUMS data, including
- people working with and analyzing data, including government analysts, scholars, and researchers who want to learn about IPUMS data resources, and
- researchers and analysts interested in improving how they communicate their work.
Attendees should have basic experience with statistical software (e.g., Stata, SAS, or R) and should bring a laptop loaded with one of those statistical packages and Microsoft Excel.
What We’ll Cover
- identifying the best IPUMS data for you research question
- preparing IPUMS individual-level data for analysis and visualization
- the definition, importance, and function of data visualization
- data visualization best practices and strategies
All attendees will receive copies of Schwabish’s book, Better Presentations: A Guide for Scholars, Researchers, and Wonks. Attendees will also receive copies of the Desktop Graphic Continuum data visualization library and assorted handouts and reference materials.
This workshop will be held at the Urban Institute in Washington, DC, the day before the Population Association of America’s annual meeting.
We offer discounts to groups of five or more, employees of nonprofit organizations, and university faculty, staff, and students. Please email Jonathan Schwabish directly for more information.
If this workshop fails to attract a sufficient number of attendees, it will be canceled and registration fees refunded.