How to Download Datasets from the Michigan Public Policy Survey
Michigan Public Policy Survey Dataset Access for Researchers
The Michigan Public Policy Survey (MPPS), a program of biannual state-wide surveys of Michigan's local government leaders, has built up an extensive data library on a wide range of local government issues since the surveys began in 2009. The Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP) is committed to sharing the MPPS data with other researchers, including for faculty research, dissertation research by doctoral students, and classroom use at the graduate and undergraduate levels, in order to improve understanding of state and local government.
How to Access MPPS Datasets
As of August 23, the openICPSR website was migrated to new software. Links to datasets on this page and elsewhere on the CLOSUP website may not work. To access this data, search for "MPPS" on the openICPSR website or contact CLOSUP staff by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Updated links will be provided on this page once the migration process is complete.
The MPPS datasets are being deposited into two different collections at ICPSR:
- Public/Student-use datasets
See the Public/Student-use datasets.
These datasets can be downloaded immediately by anyone. They contain only portions of each survey, broken into themed collections of data. More info
- Restricted-use datasets
See the Restricted-use datasets.
These datasets require ICPSR approval before they can be accessed. They represent full MPPS surveys; they have not been broken into sub-datasets as is the case for the Public/Student-use datasets described above. More info
Data Finding Aids
The MPPS surveys have covered a very wide range of topics. To find data of interest, use one or more of the following finding aids:
- The MPPS question database
- Individual survey pages
- The cross-listing of questions and topics carried on more than one survey wave
- Tables of Contents for each wave's pre-run data tables
- MPPS questionnaires
Respondent and Jurisdiction Confidentiality
The MPPS assures respondents that their identity, and the identity of the jurisdictions they represent, will remain confidential at all times. Therefore, CLOSUP modifies both public-use and restricted-use datasets in order to protect that confidentiality. Jurisdiction names and identifiers are stripped from the data, as are respondent identifiers. Other variables that might be used to identify individual jurisdictions are recoded into broader categories, or are also stripped from the datasets.
- See the MPPS home page
|Find Questions & Topics|
- Search MPPS Question Database
- See topics table for each survey
- Browse list of questions and topics asked more than once
|Individual Survey Pages|