ICPSR holdings include several time series and other types of aggregate data, its holdings consist mainly of raw data derived from surveys, censuses, and administrative records. The data holdings contain some 6,000 studies and 450,000 files that 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.
ICPSR is a great resource for those times when you would like to complete a project that involves manipulating data, but you do not have time to collect your own. Or, use the data to support your own research.
In order to download data, you will need to create a MyData Login.
For example, see this description of a 2007 study – Interest Group Activism on the Web: The Case of Environmental Organizations.
You can also deposit your own data to be shared with the consortium.
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