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Helpful idea: Read prior research

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Not an expert in child development, poverty, or family sociology? Participants often wonder how they can contribute if they have no prior knowledge of these fields. Luckily, there are a few resources to bring you up to speed quickly!

Fact sheet

The Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study (FFCWS) Fact Sheet can quickly introduce the key findings from the broader FFCWS. For instance, the study discovered that “single” parenthood is a bit of a misnomer; about half of the unmarried parents in the sample were actually living together when the child was born! Yet many of these couples subsequently separated.

Research briefs

Looking for mored detailed information on a particular subfield? The Fragile Families Research Briefs provide accessible summaries of cutting edge research using the data.

Publication collection

Want to know how social scientists are using the data right now? The Fragile Families publication collection lists hundreds of published articles and working papers using the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study. If you want to see how social scientists have used the data and get ideas for variables you may want to include in your models, the publication collection is a good place to start.

Other publications

A more exhaustive list of published resources is available here.

Helpful ideas series

This is the first in a series of blog posts with helpful ideas to help you build better models – look for more to come soon! For email notifications when we make new posts, subscribe in the box at the top right of this page.

About Ian Lundberg

Ian is a Ph.D. student in sociology and social policy at Princeton University. You can read more about his work at http://scholar.princeton.edu/ilundberg/.

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