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					     HOWARD W. ODUM
INSTITUTE FOR RESEARCH IN
      SOCIAL SCIENCE
         Ken Bollen
          Director


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       BACKGROUND
• Oldest Institute or Center at UNC-CH
  – Founded in 1924
• Mission: teaching, research, &
  service for social sciences
• Cross-disciplinary focus
      MAJOR ACTIVITIES
•   TRAINING
•   CONSULTING
•   SURVEYS & CERTIFICATE PROGRAM
•   DATA ARCHIVE
•   GRANT SERVICES
•   INCUBATOR
    – Center for Urban & Regional Studies
    – Center for Study of American South
            Facilities
• 90% of Institute space renovated or
  new since 2000
• Main Computer Lab
• GIS Computer Lab
• New distance learning classroom
• Survey call room
              Training
• Short Courses
  – 50 to 60 each year
  – Statistical computing, GIS/spatial
    analysis, qualitative analysis, survey
    research, and proposal writing.
  – From 1 hr. to multiday workshops
  – Taught by local & worldwide experts
  – 2,500 people per year
                 Training
• Joint Odum/ICPSR Summer Workshops
   – 5 days long
   – Cutting-edge content
    •   Multilevel analysis
    •   Applied Bayesian statistics
    •   Latent growth curve models
    •   Social network analysis
  – Taught by national experts
               Training
• Atlantic Coast Social, Behavioral,
  and Economic Sciences (AC-SBE)
  Alliance (4th year) [NSF funded]
  • Intro to data analysis for new minority
    PhD students
      Draws students from UNC, Howard U., U. of
       Florida, U. of Maryland, & U. of Miami
  • Intermediate statistical course for advanced
    PhD students
     Draws students from across the US
             Consulting

• Quantitative Analysis
  – 3 quantitative social scientists & 4-5
    advanced graduate students
  – One-on-one consulting on statistical
    issues and spatial analysis
           Consulting

• Qualitative Analysis
  – Staff expert consultant
  – One-on-one consulting
    • Interviewing & observation
    • Focus groups & text-based computing
    • Other qualitative methodologies
           Consulting

• Survey Methodology
  – 3 survey methodologists
  – One-on-one consulting
    • Designing interviews & questionnaires
    • Mail, telephone, and web surveys
    • Analysis of surveys
    Survey Methodology
• Consulting
• Data Collection Services
  – Telephone, web, & mail surveys
• Certificate Program in Survey Methodology
  – 17 credit hours
  – partner with U.MD., U.MI., RTI
  – > 80 participants
         Data Archive
• Odum Institute one of world’s largest
  – social science data
• Harris data archive
• NC Vital Statistics
• National Network of State Polls
Library of Congress Initiative
 • Member of the Data Preservation Alliance for the
   Social Sciences (Data-PASS)
 • Other Data-PASS Partners
       • Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social
         Research (ICPSR) at the University of Michigan
       • The Roper Center at the University of Connecticut
       • The Henry A. Murray Research Archive at Harvard
         University
       • The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
       • Harvard-MIT Data Center
           Data Catalog

• Odum Virtual Data Center “VDC”
  – over 3,200 studies, over 42,000 files
• Access to world’s largest archives
  – ICPSR, Odum, Roper, Harvard-MIT
• Search surveys at question level
• Analyze data prior to download
IT Initiatives
Video Conferencing Facilities
 • Used in CPSM semester courses
 • Flexible and robust
 • Exploring the educational potential
   inside and outside the university
Syndicated Storage Systems

 • NARA funded partnership with San Diego
   Super Computing Center, RENCI, and SILS.
 • Partnership will test and develop Storage
   Resource Broker Grids or SRB’s for use in
   developing a national storage infrastructure for
   social science data.
 • Project will also test the integration of leading
   digital repository systems with each other as
   well as the new SRB grid.
     Institute Operations
• 2008-09 Annual Budget ≈ $3.4 million
  – $1.3 million state funds
    • At least 10% cut in 2009-10
  – $2.13 million grants and contracts
  – 53+ state and grant accounts
     Institute Operations
• Employees
  – 10 state-funded permanent positions
  – 13 permanent time-limited positions
  – 4 graduate student RAs
  – 30 to 60 temporary employees
    • Includes graduate & undergraduate
      students
     Grant Management
• Proposal Development services
  – Editing
  – Budgeting
  – Grants Office processing


• Administer grants for faculty
 Faculty Working Groups
• 17 multi-disciplinary faculty working
  groups
• Topics range from genetics to the Internet
  to early Mediterranean societies
• $500-$1,000 budget per group per year
  pays for outside speakers, RAs, etc.
• Annual report on accomplishments
          “Seed” Grants
• Small grants $8K to $15K
  – Partner with College of Arts & Sciences
  – Multidisciplinary
  – Must submit grant proposal within 1 year
• 4 awarded 2008-09
• 3 prior seed grants over 2 years
  – 2 of 3 resulted in funded proposals
  – ≈$1.1 million in funding
                SUMMARY
• ODUM INSTITUTE OF 2009 DIFFERS
  FROM 2000
  – Physical infrastructure transformed
     •   Computer lab new
     •   GIS lab new
     •   Distance education studio new
     •   Call room expansion
     •   New offices
     •   80% to 90% of space renovated
              SUMMARY
• ODUM INSTITUTE 2009 vs. 2000
  – From
    • Few grants to few million $s of grants (diversifying
      support)
    • Few partners to many partners (RTI, ICPSR, JPSM,
      SILS, Duke’s SSRI)
    • Part-time survey consultant to several survey
      consultants with decades of experience
    • No survey training to certificate program with 80+
      participants
    • Limited short course offerings to 50 to 60 short
      courses & semester courses with 2500+ students
              SUMMARY
• ODUM INSTITUTE 2009 vs. 2000
  – From
    • Archive working alone to major leader in social
      science archiving with key partners
    • One general consultant for statistics to 3 specialists
      in social science statistics
    • Little survey consulting to several consultants
    • No spatial analysis to GIS lab and PhD consultant
                   SUMMARY
• GOAL
  – Leading institute in the nation for support of social science
    research
      • Already serve as model for Duke, Indiana, & other universities
• CHALLENGES
  – 25% funding cut in real dollars since 2000
  – Next level requires new money
      •   Masters in survey research
      •   Survey center capacity increased
      •   Distance education short courses
      •   More space (central campus key to much of our activity)

				
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