Successful Small Data Project: Project STARS

9 September 2019

In 2018, Prof. Marcel van Aken and his colleagues Prof. Maja Dekovic and Dr. Ellen Reitz received a KDP grant for STARS, a longitudinal study into the relational and sexual development of young people in the Netherlands.

Project STARS (Studies on Trajectories of Adolescent Relationships and Sexuality) contains data in the field of sexual behavior, cognitions, attitudes, emotions and relational aspects. At four measurement points spread over a period of 18 months, data was collected from 1,297 young people between 10 and 18 years old.

Van Aken recognizes the importance of sharing and reusing data: “Valuable datasets, which have taken a lot of effort to collect, often offer many opportunities for secondary analyzes.”

Thanks to the KDP grant, a student assistant could be hired to make all data files and codebooks accessible and correspond them to the DANS format. Additional costs are often not (fully) included in the budget of a study, therefore making datasets accessible is often left out.

The dataset of the STARS project by Van Aken and his colleagues Prof. Dekovic, Dr. Reitz, Dr. Van de Bongardt, Dr. Baams and Dr. Doornwaard is available via EASY. A previously subsidized project by Van Aken is also in EASY.

Additional information

Interested in a KDP grant? The conditions and procedure of the grant application can be found here. You can apply for a KDP grant until 1 October 2019.

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