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DataFirst Research Data Service at the University of Cape Town, dedicated to improving fact-based research and policymaking in South Africa

Mission: DataFirst is a data service dedicated to making South African and other African survey and administrative microdata available to researchers and policy analysts. We promote high quality research by providing the essential research infrastructure for discovering and accessing data and by developing skills among prospective users, particularly in South Africa. We undertake research on the quality and usability of national data and encourage data usage and data sharing.

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Covid-19's Impact: 2020 Coronavirus Rapid Mobile Survey: an overview of results and findings

The findings and data for the National Income Dynamics Study - Coronavirus Rapid Mobile Survey (NIDS-CRAM) have been released. The NIDS-CRAM study is the largest non-medical COVID-19 research project currently underway in South Africa. The Wave 1 data of the five-wave panel survey is available for download from our Data Portal.

https://www.datafirst.uct.ac.za/dataportal/index.php/catalog/NIDS-CRAM

Read the overview of #NIDSCRAM results and findings in the
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https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2020-07-15-overview-chapter-of-the-2020-coronavirus-rapid-mobile-survey-results-and-findings/#gsc.tab=0

dailymaverick.co.za Maverick Citizen is today publishing paper one of the NIDS-CRAM report, its Overview and Findings. This survey is the largest, most methodologically sound population analysis of the impact of the Covid-19 lockdown and health emergency to date. Its results, summarised below, are extremely distressing...

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New CSAE Working Paper ‘What is a firm census in a developing country? An answer from Ghana' by Andrew Kerr and Bruce McDougall.

Their paper shows that the coverage of firm censuses both within and across countries can differ quite dramatically and that this can impact research that uses firm census data.

Download at - https://csae.ox.ac.uk/working-papers
This paper is also available for download as a SALDRU/DataFirst working paper.
http://opensaldru.uct.ac.za/handle/11090/978

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Southern Africa Labour & Development Research Unit, University of Cape Town

SALDRU is delighted to announce the launch of a new book, Migrant Labour After Apartheid, produced by the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), and edited by SALDRU’s own Emeritus Professor Francis Wilson, in partnership with SALDRU friends Leslie Bank (HSRC) and Dorrit Posel (Wits University). Research used in the book was supported by SALDRU’s Research Project on Employment, Income Distribution, and Inclusive Growth (REDI3x3), which ran from 2012 – 2018 Read more: https://www.saldru.uct.ac.za/2020/06/29/launch-of-new-book-migrant-labour-after-apartheid/

Martin Wittenberg

An article dealing with household formation in the Agincourt area has just appeared in "Development Southern Africa." The first working paper version of this appeared in 2007, so it is somewhat overdue! https://doi.org/10.1080/0376835X.2020.1764335

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An article looking at how one might measure balance, when using matching techniques has just been published with Springer Nature in the journal "Empirical Economics." It emanates from work done by Adeola Oyenubi for his PhD under my supervision. The link to the paper is here:
https://rdcu.be/b4b5I

All data from the Coronavirus Rapid Mobile Survey (CRAM) will be freely available for download on the DataFirst open data platform.

Researchers at Stellenbosch University launched the Coronavirus Rapid Mobile Survey (CRAM) this week, a collaborative research project across three universities which will track the social and economic impacts of COVID-19 in SA. The aim of the researchers is to inform policymakers and help direct relief efforts to where they are most needed, and to determine if those relief efforts are working as intended. Read the full story:http://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=7323
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#Covid19inSA

The results from the COVID-9 business impact survey are available. You can request the anonymised data. This is the first time Statistics South Africa has released firm data.

Four in ten South African businesses feel that they cannot continue to operate under the COVID-19 pandemic.

A rapid response survey, conducted by Stats SA during the lockdown, asked businesses how the current crisis is affecting their operations.

Explore the results of the survey here: http://www.statssa.gov.za/?p=13236

#COVID19 #CoronaVirusInSA

Have a look at Andrew Kerr & Amy Thornton's paper on essential workers, working from home & job loss vulnerability in South Africa. The authors estimate who is more likely to be able to work and who is not by using the PALMS version of the Statistics South Africa’s quarterly labour force surveys that Andrew Kerr, Martin Wittenberg and David Lam created at DataFirst.
Read the paper: https://bit.ly/dfru_tp2041
Download the classifications of essential workers and those who can work from home as well as the Stata code to replicate their results: https://bit.ly/dfru_tp2041_code
Access PALMS:
https://datafirst.uct.ac.za/dataportal/index.php/catalog/434

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Just published - DataFirst Technical Paper: Essential Workers, Working from Home and Job Loss Vulnerability in South Africa by Andrew Kerr and Amy Thornton.

The authors estimate who is more likely to be able to work and who is not by using the Post-Apartheid Labour Market Series (PALMS) version of the Stats SA Quarterly Labour Force Survey data from 2017, 2018 and the first two quarters of 2019. Read the paper at https://bit.ly/dfru_tp2041

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Martin Wittenberg

Jacqueline Mosomi did the hard work on a new overview paper of the South African labour market that has just appeared on the IZA World of Labor https://wol.iza.org/articles/the-labor-market-in-south-africa

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Gauteng City-Region Observatory

It is Love Data Week! We would like to highlight the Gauteng Quality of Life Survey 2009-2018 as the dataset of the week.

This survey dataset contains data on Gauteng households’ satisfaction with their housing and household services, as well as community services and amenities. There is also information on migration, health (including disability), and education and household finances and assets. Finally, the dataset has data on the perceived personal wellbeing and quality of life of respondents.
The Quality of Life Survey was conducted by the Gauteng City-Region Observatory which is a partnership between the University of Johannesburg, the University of the Witwatersrand, and the Gauteng Provincial Government, and other Gauteng municipalities. The data is downloadable for free from our open data portal at http://bit.ly/gcro-dataset
#lovedata20

datafirst.uct.ac.za The Gauteng City-Region Observatory (GCRO) is a partnership of the University of Johannesburg, the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, the Gauteng Provincial Government (GPG), and organised local government in Gauteng (SALGA-Gauteng). The GCRO helps to build the knowledge base that govern...

UCT Research and Innovation

University of Cape Town researcher and data scientist Wiebke Toussaint has made valuable data on South Africa's electricity use available for research use.

“This data set provides fascinating insight into how South Africans, primarily in rural areas and townships, use energy and how that energy use has changed in the post-apartheid era as living standards evolved,” says Toussaint.

Full story: bit.ly/SA-electricity-use

Energy Research Centre (UCT) UCT Faculty of Engineering & the Built Environment CSIR Eskom Hld SOC Ltd DataFirst

#energyresearch #researchdata #eresearch

UCT Research and Innovation

After 10 years of forging partnerships and delivering research excellence, the Southern Africa Labour & Development Research Unit, University of Cape Town(SALDRU) at the University of Cape Town (UCT) has drawn to a close its time as implementation partner for the National Income Dynamics Study (NiDS). Murray Leibbrandt, professor of economics at UCT and director of SALDRU, provides a retrospective on this phase in South Africa’s first and only national household panel study.

Full story: bit.ly/UCT_NiDS
#NiDS #StatsSA

Stats SA Department of Planning, Monitoring & Evaluation
Faculty of Commerce, University of Cape Town

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DataFirst - Training

There is still time to apply for our short courses on Survey Data Analysis for Development. The following courses are on offer:
Introduction to #DataAnalysis using #Stata | 15-17 January 2020
Introduction to #DataAnalysis using #R | 20-22 January 2020
Analysing Spatial Data using #R | 23-24 January 2020 Econometrics short course | 20-24 January 2020
Understanding Complex Social Survey Data | 27-31 January 2020
Understanding Panel Survey Data | 3-7 February 2020
Dealing with Missing Value Problems by means of #MultipleImputation using #Stata | 3-7 February 2020

Visit https://lnkd.in/guv9cWx for more information.

datafirst.uct.ac.za DataFirst is a data service based at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

The International Science Council’s Regional Office for Africa & the International Astronomical Union’s Office of Astronomy for Development are jointly hosting an interdisciplinary workshop on “Science for Development” in January 2020. Registration is free and closes on 31 October 2019. http://science4dev.astro4dev.org/

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Short courses in Survey Data Analysis: Summer Training Programme

Online application is open for our Summer Training Programme. Have a look at our short courses running in January-February 2020 - https://mailchi.mp/9891748f5746/2020-summer-programme

mailchi.mp Short courses are a great way to acquire new skills or to enhance/refresh your existing skills. Our summer programme will run in January and February 2020 on the Middle Campus at the University of Cape Town. All the courses have a strong practical component and teaching takes place in a computer la...

Martin Wittenberg

Yesterday evening UCT's Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and Internationalisation, Sue Harrison, presented a keynote address at Michigan State University on UCT's research priorities and global partnerships.

Martin Wittenberg

I've spent the last two days at a data workshop at Michigan State University, as part of a team from UCT, including our Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research, Sue Harrison. Yesterday I talked about the work that DataFirst does.

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DataFirst - Training

Online application for our 2020 summer programme is open. The following short courses are on offer:

Introduction to #DataAnalysis using #Stata | 15-17 January 2020
Introduction to #DataAnalysis using #R | 20-22 January 2020
Analysing Spatial Data using #R | 23-24 January 2020 Econometrics short course | 20-24 January 2020
Understanding Complex Social Survey Data | 27-31 January 2020
Understanding Panel Survey Data | 3-7 February 2020
Dealing with Missing Value Problems by means of #MultipleImputation using #Stata | 3-7 February 2020

Visit https://lnkd.in/guv9cWx for more information.

datafirst.uct.ac.za DataFirst is a data service based at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

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South Africa - Post Apartheid Labour Market Series 1993-2019

New version of the Post-Apartheid Labour Market Series!

The Post-Apartheid Labour Market Series (PALMS) version 3.3 is a stacked cross sectional dataset created by DataFirst at the University of Cape Town. The data consists of microdata from 69 household surveys conducted by Statistics South Africa between 1994 and 2019, as well as the 1993 Project for Statistics on Living Standards and Development conducted by SALDRU at UCT. The Statistics South Africa surveys include the October Household Surveys from 1994 to 1999, the bi-annual Labour Force Surveys from 2000-2007, including the smaller LFS pilot survey from February 2000, and the Quarterly Labour Force Surveys from 2008-2019. The data is at individual level, but household level variables may be created using the household id variable uqnr. No attempt has been made to link individuals or households across waves, although there was a panel element to the earlier rounds of the LFS, as well as the QLFS.

You can access the dataset on our open data portal -
https://www.datafirst.uct.ac.za/dataportal/index.php/catalog/434

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Well done, Team!

My students Winnie Sambu and Amy Thornton presented. So did I and my colleague Andrew Kerr.

Martin Wittenberg

Takwanisa Machemedze and Andrew Kerr at the DataFirst table at the Economic Society conference

Martin Wittenberg

Jacqueline Mosomi talking about gender gaps in wages and employment at the Economic Society conference

Takwanisa Machemedze at our stand at the Economic Society of South Africa conference.

DataFirst has a stand at the Economic Society of South Africa conference. Here is Takwanisa Machemedze explaining what we do to Leigh Neethling

DataFirst has a stand at the Economic Society of South Africa conference. Takwanisa Machemedze, one of our researchers, will be around to answer any questions about our open data portal, research that we are involved in, as well as our training courses. Pop around to find out more about us.

Martin Wittenberg

https://www.businesslive.co.za/fm/features/2019-08-22-inequality-sas-vanishing-middle-class/
An article in the Financial Mail dealing with some of my work, and that of colleagues, on inequality

African Centre of Excellence for Inequality Research

Given the current frailties of African data, a foundation of ACEIR’s work in each node is getting the data right. This will require frontier data scholarship and holds great possibilities for capacity development across the continent. Plans are underway to support ACEIR partners and its network to create their own data hubs. Leading this work is Prof. Martin Wittenberg and colleagues at UCT's DataFirst unit. Read more on these plans in our news bulletin http://bit.ly/ACEIR-news-Jun2019 ISSER UG Southern Africa Labour & Development Research Unit, University of Cape Town University of Cape Town School of Economics - University of Nairobi Academic Division - University of Nairobi AFD - Agence Française de Développement Ghana Statistical Service Kenya Stats
Stats SA

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How data-ready are African governments to monitor SDG Progress? - African Centre for Cities

Read the African Centre for Cities report back on Lynn Woolfrey's presentation "How data-ready are African governments to monitor SDG progress"

https://www.africancentreforcities.net/data-ready-african-governments-monitor-sdg-progress/

africancentreforcities.net On 15 May 2019, Lynn Woolfrey, Manager of Datafirst, a UCT-based unit that supports data-intensive Africa-focused research, presented a talk entitled: How Data-ready are African Governments to Monitor SDG Progress?. The seminar was attended by 15 people, hailing from different departments of UCT, as...

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Student Assistant needed for our Citations Project.

We require a student to work with DataFirst’s Operations Manager on a three-month project to scan the internet for publications based on our data, and to add these as linked citations on our data repository. Closing date is 30 June. Have a look at the advert: http://bit.ly/df-student-assistant

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DataFirst - Training

Learn a new skill and earn a UCT short course certificate!
Our short courses are designed to teach you a new skill that you can easily apply in your working life.
Have a look at our June short courses on how to use Stata, learn about the South African labour market, Measuring Consumption and Measuring Economic Welfare.

https://www.datafirst.uct.ac.za/training

datafirst.uct.ac.za DataFirst is a data service based at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

ICYMI, ICPSR has been named a winner of the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ National Medal. Congratulations!

ICYMI, ICPSR has been named a winner of the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ National Medal! We enjoyed seeing pictures and stories from all over the ICPSR community after we were named finalists. We’re proud to celebrate this achievement with you and represent you when we accept the award in Washington, D.C. in June! More: http://bit.ly/2019IMLSWinners

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How data-ready are African governments to monitor SDG progress? - African Centre for Cities

EVENT REMINDER: DataFirst's Manager, Lynn Woolfrey, presents 'How data-ready are African governments to monitor SDG progress? Zambia and Zimbabwe reviews'

WHEN: Wednesday, 15 May 2019
TIME: 12:30 to 14:00
VENUE: Davies Library, Environmental and Geographical Science Building, Upper Campus, UCT

africancentreforcities.net UCT Datafirst Manager Lynn Woolfrey presents How data-ready are African governments to monitor SDG progress? Zambia and Zimbabwe reviews on Wednesday, 15 May at 12:30 to 14:00 in Studio 3, Environmental and Geographical Science Building, Upper Campus, UCT. ABSTRACT It is clear from the development l...

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DataFirst - Training

There is still time to sign up for our June short courses on how to use Stata, learn about the South African labour market, Measuring Consumption and Measuring Economic Welfare. Have a look at https://www.datafirst.uct.ac.za/training for more information.

datafirst.uct.ac.za DataFirst is a data service based at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

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How data-ready are African governments to monitor SDG progress? - African Centre for Cities

Lynn Woolfrey will present a talk called: 'How data-ready are African governments to monitor SDG progress? Zambia and Zimbabwe reviews.' on 15 May, 12:30 ENGEO Building, UCT. More info: https://bit.ly/2GVstUx

africancentreforcities.net UCT Datafirst Manager Lynn Woolfrey presents How data-ready are African governments to monitor SDG progress? Zambia and Zimbabwe reviews on Wednesday, 15 May at 12:30 to 14:00 in Studio 3, Environmental and Geographical Science Building, Upper Campus, UCT. ABSTRACT It is clear from the development l...

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