Project News

October 21, 2017

International Program in Survey and Data Science: Apply now (participation until February 2019 is tuition-free)

We are pleased to announce that the application process to join the 3rd cohort of the International Program in Survey and Data Science (IPSDS) is now open.

The International Program in Survey and Data Science is a joint program offered through the University of Mannheim and the Joint Program in Survey Methodology - a consortium of the University of Maryland, the University of Michigan, and Westat.

The IPSDS offers:

  • A multidisciplinary curriculum with a focus on survey methodology and data science that prepares you for the challenges of working with designed data from surveys and organic data (aka "found data" or "big data");
  • A flexible online learning environment that allows you to take courses from anywhere in the world;
  • Live interaction with world-class faculty from leading universities and organizations who will share their academic and practical experience with you.

The program is currently funded by a grant from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research as part of the initiative “Aufstieg durch Bildung: offene Hochschulen.” Due to the funding, participation in the program until February 2019 is tuition-free.

All relevant information about the admission process can be found at:

Please note that we will hold a live online Q&A-session on:

  • November 23, 2017 (19:00-20:00 CET)
  • January 11, 2018 (19:00-20:00 CET)

You can sign up for the Q&A by sending an email to


September 29, 2017

IPSDS founder Frauke Kreuter receives Facebook Faculty Research Award for bringing survey methodology and data science together

While most data science programs focus their curricula on the areas of computer science and statistics, IPSDS takes it a step further. The program's curriculum adds to these key areas expertise in data collection and data quality. The international program is designed to educate data experts to draw insights from both designed data (collected via surveys) and organic data (aka “found data” or “big data”). Combining survey and big data is becoming a regular practice in leading organizations as well as research.

IPSDS' contribution to training leading data experts did not go unnoticed by Facebook. Each year Facebook acknowledges 40 top professors worldwide in disciplines that have particular relevance for Facebook. Frauke Kreuter - the project leader and faculty member - was awarded with the Facebook Faculty Research Award. As a company working with different data sources (last year Facebook surveyed 200 million people), Facebook recognizes the need of high-quality innovative approaches to train data experts.

See also Forum 2/2017, p. 62