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How to explore Pew Research data

in your browser, without SPSS

There is a tresure trove of interesting data available from the Pew Research Center

From the American Trends Panel Datasets to surveys exploring how we interact and relate to technology.

The data is freely available from the Pew Research Center, however it is only available in the .sav (spss) format. This format is designed for IBM SPSS software, which is expensive and hard to use.

If you are keen to explore the Pew Research data, but don't have IBM SPSS, then this guide is for you. We'll show you how to open, analyse, explore and create shareable charts and reports from Pew Research data in just a few clicks with AddMaple.

A Brief Introduction to Pew Research

Pew Research Center, founded in 1996, is a nonpartisan fact tank that provides information on the issues, attitudes, and trends shaping the world. Their research spans numerous topics, from politics and media to science and society. Their commitment to public service and open access means that many of their data sets are freely available for download. However, while the data is available, accessing its insights isn't always straightforward for the layperson. That's where AddMaple comes into play.

Step-by-Step Guide: From Download to Insight

1. Getting Your Pew Research Data:

Pew Research Download Dataset page

2. Launching AddMaple:

  • Open
  • Sign in or create an account if you're a new user.

3. Uploading Your Data:

  • In the AddMaple dashboard, select "New Project.
  • Select the .sav file you downloaded from Pew Research and let AddMaple work its magic.

Select downloaded pew research sav file

4. Exploring with AddMaple:

  • Once uploaded, AddMaple will automatically detect the column types of your dataset.
  • Navigate through the provided summaries, charts, and visuals that AddMaple has created for you.
  • Customize and dig deeper into specific data points, filter information, or perform comparative analyses.

AddMaple's automatic summary view

5. Sharing and Collaborating:

  • If you've found an intriguing insight or pattern, use AddMaple's sharing features to send your findings to colleagues or embed them in presentations.

Sharing Charts

Creating and sharing interesting charts is quick and intuitive in AddMaple.

For example, we downloaded the Jan 2021 Core Trends Survey from Pew and within a few clicks created an "Age vs Internet Usage" interactive chart.

Age vs Internet Chart

After creating the chart, we clicked "Share Chart" to get a sharable url to an interactive version of the chart.

Share chart dialog

The link to the chart can be embedded in tools like Notion, or shared on Slack with automatic image previews.

Below is an embedded version of the interactive chart created above.

We've only scratch the surface of the type of analysis that you do in AddMaple.

For a more detailed guide to analysing surveys, check out our full guide.

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Written by Ange

User Researcher and Founder of AddMaple

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