SRC Summer Institute Workshop on AHEAD


A one-week workshop on the study of Asset and Health Dynamics among the Oldest Old (AHEAD) will be part of the 50th annual Summer Institute conducted by the Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan. AHEAD is sponsored by NIA under a cooperative agreement with the Survey Research Center. Its focus is the interrelationships between health and economic resources among people age 70 and older, with special attention to extended family resources and their role in the behavior and well-being of the elderly. The first wave of data was collected in 1993-94, the second in 1995-96, and the intention is to reinterview the same people every two years. The wave 1 respondents consisted of about 8200 individuals born in 1923 or before, or married to such a person, representative of the U.S. household population, with oversamples of African-Americans, Hispanics, and residents of Florida. Both spouses in couples are interviewed. Wave 2 interviews were conducted with over 7000 living respondents, and with informants for 775 individuals who had died since the wave 1 interview. Information is collected about their physical health and functioning; cognitive functioning, assistance with ADLs and IADLs, health care expenditures, expectations, andattitudes. Information is also collected about their income, financial assets, extended family structure, and characteristics of key members, primarily children.

The AHEAD workshop will be held from June 9-13, 1997. It will cover the overall design of the study, its broad range of content, and the basic structure of the data. The format of the workshop will include hands-on instruction with the data, oriented to SAS users, as well as lectures.

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For information about registration and logistics, please contact the staff of the Summer Institute, as noted in the following announcement:

The Survey Research Center at the University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research announces the 50th Annual Summer Institute. The Summer Institute is a training program in survey research techniques conducted by the staff of the Survey Research Center and other survey research specialists. The program highlights the sample survey as a basic instrument for the scientific measurement of human activities.

The Summer Institute will offer graduate-level courses in two consecutive four-week sessions, June 2 - June 27 and June 30 - July 25, 1997. Courses will be offered for graduate credit in eight-, four-, two-, and one-week formats. Course topics include an introduction to survey research, questionnaire design, cognition and survey measurement, survey data collection methods, sampling methods, analysis of survey data, computer analysis of survey data, and analysis of event history data. Several one-week workshops offering Continuing Education Unit credits also will be offered.

The Summer Institute will also include an eight-week program for those interested in an in-depth study of sampling methods. The Sampling Program for Survey Statisticians (SPSS), is being offered for the 33rd time in the Summer of 1997. It combines university classes with practical application in research methods and office practice.

A list of courses and workshops is given below. Course and instructor descriptions are available on the Summer Institute Web page at

To receive a copy of the Summer Institute brochure containing application materials, do not reply to this announcement. Instead, send an email message to Or contact James M. Lepkowski, Director of the Summer Institute, Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48106-1248; phone (313) 764-6595; fax (313) 764-8263.

50th Annual Summer Institute course offerings:

Introduction to Survey Research, 8 weeks (June 2 - July 25)
Data Collection Methods in Survey Research, 8 weeks (June 2 - July 25)
Methods of Survey Sampling, 8 weeks (June 2 - July 25)
Workshop in Survey Sampling Techniques, 8 weeks (June 2 - July 25)
Event History Analysis, 2 weeks (June 9 - June 20)
Introduction to Statistical Research Design, 4 weeks (June 2 - June 27)
Qualitative Methods in Survey Research, 4 weeks (June 2 - June 27)
Analysis of Survey Data I, 4 weeks (June 2 - June 27)
Analysis of Survey Data II, 4 weeks (June 30 - July 25)
Computer Analysis of Survey Data I, 4 weeks (June 2 - June 27)
Computer Analysis of Survey Data II, 4 weeks (June 30 - July 25)
Longitudinal Survey Design and Analysis, 4 weeks (June 2 - 27)
Multi-Level Analysis of Survey Data, 4 weeks (June 2 - June 27)
Cognition, Communication, and Survey Measurement, 4 weeks (June 2 - June 27)
Statistical Analysis with Missing Data, 1 week (June 16 - 20)
Introduction to Survey Sampling, 1 week (June 23-27)
Self-Administered/Mail Surveys, 1 week (July 7-11)
Introduction to Survey Measurement Quality, 1 week (July 14-18)
Design of Observational Studies for Evaluation Research, 4 weeks (June 30 - July 25)
Questionnaire Design, 4 weeks (June 30 - July 25)
Using Surveys Across Nations and Time, 4 weeks (June 30 - July 25)

One week workshops (Continuing Education Unit credits available):

Asset and Health Dynamics Among the Oldest Old (June 9-13)
Statistical Methods for Mental Health Survey Data (July 14-18)
World Health Organization Composite International Diagnostic Interview (CIDI) (July 21-25)

Two of the eight-week courses and one of the four-week courses will be offered in the Washington, D.C., area at the University of Maryland in College Park through the Joint Program in Survey Methodology via a two-way interactive video system. The Summer Institute office can provide further details about registration for these simultaneous offerings, or you may contact the Joint Program in Survey Methodology directly for information, 301-314-7911.