New ICPSR datasets

35476 California Families Project [Sacramento and Woodland, California]
[Restricted-Use Files]
http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR35476.v1

36531 An Analysis of the Effects of an Academic Summer Program for
Middle School Students, 2012
http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36531.v1

36612 Los Angeles Metropolitan Area Surveys [LAMAS] 2, 1970

http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36612.v1

36687 Afrobarometer Round 6: The Quality of Democracy and Governance in
Ghana, 2014
http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36687.v1

36722 National Survey of Midlife Development in the United States (MIDUS
Refresher): Milwaukee African American Sample, 2012-2013

http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36722.v1

36738 Sit Together and Read in Early Childhood Special Education
Classrooms in Ohio (2008-2012)
http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36738.v1

SPAR Book of the Year Award for 2016

Just received word that my book Above Politics: Bureaucratic Discretion and Credible Commitment, written with Gary J. Miller of Washington University in St. Louis and published by Cambridge University Press’s Political Economy of Institutions and Decisions Series, has won the 2016 Book of the Year Award of the Section of Public Administration Research (SPAR) of the American Society of Public Administration.

New administrative datasets at ICPSR

33761 Analysis of Current Cold-Case Investigation Practices and Factors Associated with Successful Outcomes, 2008-2009

34681 Case Processing in the New York County District Attorney’s Office; 2010-2011


34903 Delivery and Evaluation of the 2012 International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN) National Blended Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner (SAFE) Training [UNITED STATES]

34922 Investigating the Impact of In-car Communication on Law Enforcement Officer Patrol Performance in an Advanced Driving Simulator in Mississippi, 2011

Communicating science more effectively

Here’s the new report from the National Academy of Science (free PDF download).

Science and technology are embedded in virtually every aspect of modern life. As a result, people face an increasing need to integrate information from science with their personal values and other considerations as they make important life decisions about medical care, the safety of foods, what to do about climate change, and many other issues. Communicating science effectively, however, is a complex task and an acquired skill. Moreover, the approaches to communicating science that will be most effective for specific audiences and circumstances are not obvious. Fortunately, there is an expanding science base from diverse disciplines that can support science communicators in making these determinations.

Communicating Science Effectively offers a research agenda for science communicators and researchers seeking to apply this research and fill gaps in knowledge about how to communicate effectively about science, focusing in particular on issues that are contentious in the public sphere. To inform this research agenda, this publication identifies important influences – psychological, economic, political, social, cultural, and media-related – on how science related to such issues is understood, perceived, and used.