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ICPSR Research Guide

Learn more about the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Science Research!

Other Data Resources

Setting up your ICPSR Account

Users must set up a MyData account while on campus, and then will have access anywhere for 6 months. After 6 months, they will have to re-authenticate from on campus.

You can either go right to the ICPSR website or go via the library's Databases A-Z page.

What is ICPSR?

“Established in 1962, ICPSR is the world's largest archive of digital social science data. [They] acquire, preserve, and distribute original research data and provide training in its analysis.” Users can search the data or contribute to the archive by depositing their own computer-readable data.

ICPSR provides raw numeric data from surveys, consensus and administrative records from which users can conduct statistical analysis and create reports, figures, etc. “The ICPSR data holdings cover a wide range of social science areas such as population, economics, education, health, social and political behavior, social and political attitudes, history, crime, aging, and substance abuse.”


A brief overview of ICPSR's inner workings. © 2018, ICPSR.

American Indian and Alaska Native Family and Child Experiences Survey 2015

The American Indian and Alaska Native Family and Child Experiences Survey 2015 (AI/AN FACES 2015) was designed and implemented through a partnership of tribal Head Start directors, researchers, and federal officials. Region XI Head Start programs are those operated by grants to federally-recognized American Indian and Alaska Native tribes. AI/AN FACES 2015 is the first study of a nationally representative sample of Region XI Head Start children and families. The study was conducted with 21 Region XI Head Start programs in the fall of 2015 and spring of 2016. At both time points, we assessed the school readiness skills of approximately 1,000 Region XI Head Start children, surveyed their parents, and asked their Head Start teachers to rate children’s social-emotional skills. In the spring, we observed children’s classrooms and asked teachers, center directors, and program directors to complete surveys. © 2018, ICPSR.