ICPSR’s 2020 Data Resource Page offers resources related to Coronavirus, Census, Earth Day Anniversary, Olympics, and Elections

March 12, 2020

2020 data resources from ICPSR to use and share!

ICPSR's 2020 Data Resource Page

ANN ARBOR – We’re only three months in, and 2020 is turning out to be a year unlike any many of us have experienced in our lives. Keenly aware of major world events (both planned and unexpected) that will have our data users looking for resources, ICPSR staff have put together this 2020 Resources list that we will update throughout the year. If you have any feedback or suggestions, please let us know at [email protected] or fill out our submission form to suggest resources to add to the list.



  • 2020 Census: Citizenship, Science, Politics, and Privacy: This half-day symposium was co-sponsored by the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research and the Ford School of Public Policy. Scholars, public officials, private sector representatives, and other census stakeholders addressed preparations for the 2020 Census and the conversations, controversy, and lawsuits over the possible addition of a citizenship question, all to answer the question: What is at stake for the 2020 Census? One of the presenters was ICPSR’s own Director Margaret Levenstein.
  • Data in the News: Covering the 2020 Census: This is a recording of a webinar led by Dr. Mark Hansen, Director of the Brown Institute at Columbia Journalism School and ICPSR Council Member, during 2020 Love Data Week at ICPSR. Hansen set up a Slack channel called NewsCounts (newscounts.slack.com) to connect journalists and academics wanting to collaborate on Census coverage.
  • Telling Generational Stories From the U.S. Census: This is a session recording from the 2019 Biennial ICPSR Meeting. Presenters: Trent Alexander, ICPSR, and Katie Genadek, U.S. Census Bureau
  • Metadata to Interpret our Stats into the Future (Intro to Census Data Repository): Presented by Jared Lyle, Director of Metadata and Preservation at ICPSR and Director of the Data Documentation Initiative (DDI) Alliance, on October 2, 2018, as part of the ICPSR Data Fair.
  • The United States Census Bureau Data Repository preserves and disseminates survey instruments, specifications, data dictionaries, codebooks, and other materials provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. ICPSR, the host of this data repository, has also listed additional Census-related data collections from its larger holdings.

Earth Day’s 50th Anniversary

  • University of Michigan’s “Earth Day at 50: Rise up for the Environment” is a commemorative week of action, March 9-14, 2020. Fifty years ago, in March 1970, U-M held the nation’s first “Environmental Teach-In.” The five-day event served as a model for the first Earth Day celebrations held nationwide. On March 9–14, U-M’s Earth Day at 50, a yearlong commemoration of that event, comes to a crescendo with speakers, teach-ins and activities across campus and various Ann Arbor venues.



  • United States Historical Election Returns Series: The United States Historical Election Returns series was developed by ICPSR and was supported by grants from the National Science Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. ICPSR’s holdings of historical election data cover the years 1788-1990 and consist of several discrete datasets that contain county- and state-level returns for all elections to the offices of president, governor, United States senator, and United States representative.
  • Supplementary Empirical Teaching Units in Political Science (SETUPS) Series SETUPS are computer-related modules designed for use in teaching introductory courses in American government and politics. The modules are intended to demonstrate the process of examining evidence and reaching conclusions in a way that stimulates students to think independently and critically, with a deeper understanding of substantive content. They enable students with no previous training to make use of the computer to analyze data on political behavior. Included in this series is SETUPS: Voting Behavior: The 2016 Election (ICPSR 36853)
  • Civic Learning, Engagement, and Action Data Sharing (CivicLEADS): Funded by a grant from the Spencer Foundation and part of ICPSR’s Education and Child Care Data Archives at the University of Michigan, CivicLEADS provides a centralized repository for this multidisciplinary research area, with data being created across education, political science, developmental sciences, and other disciplines.
  • American National Election Study (ANES) Series: The American National Election Study (ANES), begun in 1948, is the oldest continuous series of survey data investigating electoral behavior and attitudes in the United States. The focus of the survey includes voter perceptions of the major political parties, the candidates, national and international issues, and the importance of the election. Also explored are voter expectations about the outcome of the election, degree of voter interest in politics, political affiliation and voting history, as well as participation in the electoral process. ANES interviews are conducted before and after presidential elections and after national congressional elections. Post-election interviews include questions on actual voting behavior and voter reflections about the election outcome.

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