Data for dissertations August 28, 2017

35514 Quantifying the Size and Geographic Extent of CCTV’s Impact on Reducing Crime in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2003-2013

35613 Expanded Assessment of the Consequences of Imprisonment for Employment in Maricopa County, Arizona from 2011-2012

36624 Los Angeles Metropolitan Area Surveys [LAMAS] 5, 1972

36645 Afrobarometer Round 6: The Quality of Democracy and Governance in Burundi, 2014

36679 Afrobarometer Round 6: The Quality of Democracy and Governance in Cape Verde, 2014

New data from ICPSR

36760 Annual Survey of Jails, 2015 http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36760.v1

36800 Research on Pathways to Desistance [Maricopa County, AZ and Philadelphia County, PA]: Subject Measures – Scales, 2000-2010 http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36800.v1

36825 Child Care and Development Fund Administrative Data, Federal Fiscal Year 2014 http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36825.v1

36842 Health Reform Monitoring Survey, Third Quarter 2016 http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36842.v1

Messiness is generative

I’m going to write for a bit on innovation and design and research and a few other topics. It fits with some work I’m doing on innovation in complex learning organizations, but I won’t focus on the specifics much at all in these entries. These are just sketches of some ideas I’m enjoying reading about.

For instance, I’ve been reading about ethnographic studies of graphic designers. One item that struck a note is the idea that they work in teams, and the social nature of the design practice is a big part of what makes for success. The groups brief each other in open studios where people can hear and see conversations, often carried out in open conflict. The detritus of design is left scattered about the room – drawing boards, sketches, all kinds of papers. Nothing is hidden – things carved in foam are jumbled together on desks along with forgotten prototypes.

The point is that messiness is generative. Seeing a forgotten prototype for an early stage in a project may remind a designer of an important tradeoff made at that point; maybe it even helps get around a newly-discovered juncture.

What if research was carried out in the same environment? If we left our solo offices to sit in bullpens surrounded by other researchers and grad students? If we published (if only electronically, as a working paper on a server like the arXiv) every failed analysis? Every conjecture or hypothesis we considered worth extended consideration?

Certainly it would be messy. It would open us up to enhanced criticism. But it would also be generative.

Data for students struggling to find a dissertation topic

33462 The Role and Impact of Forensic Evidence on the Criminal Justice System, 2004-2008 [United States] http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR33462.v1

33742 Coroner Investigations of Suspicious Elder Deaths; 2008-2011 [California] http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR33742.v1

34939 How Justice Systems Realign in California: The Policies and Systemic Effects of Prison Downsizing, 1978-2013
http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR34939.v1

35205 Forensic Evidence and Criminal Justice Outcomes in Sexual Assault Cases in Massachusetts, 2008-2012 http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR35205.v1

35217 Street Stops and Police Legitimacy: Accountability and Legal Socialization in Everyday Policing of Young Adults in New York City, 2011-2013 http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR35217.v1

35487 Ethnic Albanian Organized Crime in New York City, 1975-2014 http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR35487.v1

36675 Afrobarometer Round 6: The Quality of Democracy and Governance in Cameroon, 2014-2015 http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36675.v1

36697 Law Enforcement Agency Roster (LEAR), 2016 http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36697.v1

36745 Flint Community Schools GIS Data, 2016 [Flint, Michigan] http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36745.v1

36769 Substance Use Among Violently Injured Youth in an Urban Emergency Department: Services and Outcomes in Flint, Michigan, 2009-2013 (Public-Use) http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36769.v1

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