South African Data Archive










Contact us:
South African Data Archive
National Research Foundation
P.O. Box 2600
Pretoria 0001
South Africa

Tel: +27 (0)12 481 4120
or +27 (0)12 481 4016
Fax: +27 (0)12 481 4231


Ordering Data from ICPSR

  • Once a data set has been identified on the ICPSR web site, the online data order form should be completed with the study number and/or title. SADA will thereafter download the data set and documentation, and send it to the user by either e-mail or post.
  • Alternatively, users can submit their data orders via fax, e-mail or post. Complete an ORDER FORM (download in Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat format) before the data can be made available to you. A copy of the form can either be faxed, e-mailed or posted to SADA.
  • Should you have any other information or research-related query, please send an e-mail to

ICPSR Membership

SADA is a subscribing national member of the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR). Established in 1962, ICPSR provides access to the world's largest archive of computer-based research and instructional data (housing over 8000 studies), and training facilities in basic and advanced techniques of quantitative social analysis and other resources that facilitate secondary analysis.The data holdings cover a broad range of disciplines, including political science, sociology, demography, economics, history, foreign policy and law. It has specific topical archives in the fields of health and medical care, gerontology, substance abuse and mental health, education and criminal justice.

As the South African co-ordinator, SADA is inviting South African universities and universities of technology to subscribe, free of charge, to the national membership of ICPSR via the SADA membership. ICPSR member institutions pay annual fees which entitle staff and students to acquire a full range of services provided by ICPSR. The South African national membership is categorised as Level C, with the qualifying criteria being "Institutions in developing countries", for which SADA pays an annual membership fee.

Interested institutions should complete the online application form. You may also download the application form in either MS Word format or PDF. One application form per institution is required.

Other interested institutions or individuals should contact SADA at or (012) 481 4120/ 4158 regarding membership options.

Usage Regulations

The user should abide by the following regulations when using data and documentation from ICPSR/SADA:

  • The data and documentation will be used only for research, research training, teaching and policy decisions.
  • No attempt will be made to use the data to derive information on specifically identified individuals or households in the data.
  • The data and documentation received from ICPSR/SADA will not be duplicated without prior approval of the Director of SADA.
  • ICPSR/SADA and the Depositor will be acknowledged in all published works based on the data and documentation.
  • ICPSR/SADA and the Depositor of the data will not be held liable for the accuracy or comprehensiveness of the data.

ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods

The ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research offers a comprehensive, integrated program of studies in research design, statistics, data analysis, and social methodology. Basic methodological and technical training is offered, along with opportunities for advanced work in specialized areas. The Program also provides active participatory data analytic experiences that complement formal lectures and discussions.

ICPSR has been offering educational opportunities through the Summer Program since 1963, when the first cohort of 82 participants arrived in Ann Arbor for intensive training in quantitative methods. Thirty-eight years later, the Program continues to provide quality instruction and an impressive range of course options, though it has grown mightily. In recent years our annual attendance has consisted of well over 500 scholars representing two-dozen disciplines, approximately 200 institutions, and a score of nations.

Check the ICPSR summer program web site for scheduled course dates.

ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods

ICPSR Summer Program Announcement

Course information

Time schedule

Admission and fees

Online Application Form

More information