Using the PIAAC Databases for Interdisciplinary Research


Participants in the workshops are expected to:

1. Have basic knowledge of the PIAAC databases and their contents.

2. Have a preliminary set of research questions they would like to address using the PIAAC databases.

3. Have basic knowledge of descriptive and inferential statistical analysis.

4. Bring their own laptop computer with wireless Internet access capabilities and Internet browser (IE Version 8 compatible or higher).

5. Be familiar with statistical software such as SAS, SPSS, Stata, R or other statistical package.

For the hands-on training, we will be using the PIAAC Data Explorer (PDX) and the IEA's IDB Analyzer.The PDX is a web based application accessible through the internet. The IDB Analyzer is a windows based interface that creates code in SAS or SPSS that can be used to analyze the PIAAC data.

In general, participants in these training activities should have doctoral degrees or be graduate students in doctoral programs, and should have a strong desire to conduct research making use of the PIAAC databases. But no academic affiliation is necessary. We welcome applicants from research and policy organizations as well.

In reviewing applications for participation, the following aspects will be considered:   

  • educational background
  • research experience
  • relevance of the PIAAC data to your research questions
  • relevance of the research question to answer U.S. related research or policy questions
  • knowledge and skills in statistical analyses and software

We will make available complete documentation and released data from the publicly available databases prior to the workshops. We will also distribute copies of the IDB Analyzer. The IDB Analyzer will be used during the hands-on session of the workshops. A version of MS Excel, MS Word, and Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader are needed to view files generated by the International Data Explorer and IDB Analyzer.

The training grant has the overarching priority to encourage researchers from different fields and backgrounds to apply. Should you be concerned or have questions about your eligibility to participate in one of these workshops, please contact us with your questions or concerns.

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