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Session Submission Type: Workshop
The Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study (FFCWS) is the longest running birth cohort study in the US based on a national probability sample. This workshop is designed for both researchers who are interested in learning about using FFCWS data for the first time and current FFCWS data users who would like a deeper dive into navigating our data, especially using our newly released metadata resources. This workshop will introduce researchers to 1) a brief overview of the history and data collection of the FFCWS, including the variety of survey and activity components included in our six waves of data; 2) a guide to the file structure, contents, and data conventions used in FFCWS including tips and advice from experts in FFCWS data support; and 3) a hands-on tutorial on the contents and use of our new metadata web interface. Plenty of workshop time will be devoted to Q&A and lab time where participants can explore the data and metadata and receive guidance from the facilitators. Our goals for this workshop are to provide a solid background for working with FFCWS data and to support participants as they begin variable exploration and selection relevant to their own research questions.