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Cape Area Panel Study
The Cape Area Panel Study (CAPS) is a longitudinal study of the lives of youths and young adults in metropolitan Cape Town, South Africa. The first wave of the study collected interviews from about 4800 randomly selected young people age 14-22 in August-December, 2002. Wave 1 also collected information on all members of these young people’s households, as well as a random sample of households that did not have members age 14-22. The youth sample has been interviewed again in 2003-04 (Wave 2), 2005 (Wave 3) and 2006 (Wave 4). Wave 4 also includes a sample of individuals age 50 and over. The study covers a wide range of outcomes, including schooling, employment, health, family formation, and intergenerational support systems.
DataFirst is a Research Unit and Data Service based at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. We give researchers online access to survey and administrative microdata (data at unit record level) from South Africa and other African countries. We assist researchers to use the data via our online helpdesk and offer formal training courses in microdata analysis. DataFirst also trains African data managers in microdata curation. We conduct research on the quality and usability of South African microdata, and we work with African microdata producers to improve the quality of their data products. We aim for a data rich research-policy interface in South Africa, where data reuse by policy analysts in academia serves to refine inputs to government planning.
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