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Summer Research Institute (SRI) at Cornell University

SRI General Information

The National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect (hereafter NDACAN) sponsors an annual Summer Research Institute (SRI) on the Cornell University campus in Ithaca, New York. The Institute provides an intensive experience in the secondary analysis of child abuse and neglect data. Participants represent a wide variety of disciplines (e.g., psychology, medicine, epidemiology, law, social work) and are selected on a competitive basis. The primary goals of the Institute are to increase utilization of NDACAN's holdings and to facilitate a medium-term secondary analysis project from which child abuse and neglect researchers can publish. In addition, the Institute provides child abuse and neglect researchers an invaluable opportunity for networking and collaborating with each other.

Prior to the Institute, each participant begins a secondary analysis project on an NDACAN dataset. During the Institute, participants work with the NDACAN staff as well as with computing and statistical consultants to refine their analysis plans and resolve technical problems. During the week there is one presentation on research methodology, statistics, secondary analysis, or data management, but the Institute consists primarily of unstructured, self-guided computing sessions for hands-on work with the datasets. Analysis support is provided by the NDACAN staff and members of the Cornell faculty. Participants do brief presentations of their current research with Archive data and receive feedback from the other participants. The expectation is that each participant's work will result in a conference paper, journal article, or other publication.

An announcement regarding the Summer Research Institute is e-mailed annually in late summer, after which the downloadable application for the Institute is made available on-line. To receive this and other announcements, please join our mailing list.

Please direct correspondence regarding the Institute to NDACAN@cornell.edu.