69th Annual Summer Institute in Survey Research Techniques

June 6 - July 29, 2016

The Summer Institute in Survey Research Techniques is a teaching program of the Survey Research Center at the Institute for Social Research. Classes are held on the central campus of the University of Michigan at 426 Thompson Street in Ann Arbor.

Week 1 (June 6-10): Health and Retirement Study (HRS) Workshop (not for credit)

Instructor: Amanda Sonnega, University of Michigan

HRS is a large-scale longitudinal study of the labor force participation and health transitions that individuals undergo toward the end of their work lives and in the years that follow. The survey collects information about income, work, assets, pension plans, health insurance, disability, physical health and functioning, psychosocial measures, cognitive functioning, and health care utilization. The HRS Summer Workshop is intended to give participants an introduction to HRS that will enable them to use the data for research.

  • Morning lectures on basic survey content, data collection, sample design, weighting, and restricted data files.
  • Hands-on data workshops every afternoon, in which participants learn to work with the data under the guidance of HRS staff.
    • Health insurance and medical care
    • Biomarkers, physical measures, and genetic data
    • Cognition
    • Health and physical functioning
    • Linkage to Medicare
    • Employment, retirement, and pensions
    • Psychosocial and well-being
    • Family data
    • Expectations
    • International comparison data

For more information, or to register, visit the Summer Institute in Survey Research Techniques Web site. Look for the course called Examining the Health and Retirement Study.

HRS data and documentation are available to the public at http://hrsonline.isr.umich.edu