Welcome to the FFCWS Metadata Explorer!
What you can do on this website
This resource is great for getting started with exploring the FFCWS variables.
Perform more detailed queries and/or text searches in the FFCWS metadata.
|Download Full Metadata||
Download the full metadata as a CSV file.
|Metadata Field||Column in CSV||Description|
|Name||new_name||The name of the variable in the current public data|
|Old Name||old_name||The name of the variable in the data before the re-release|
|Label||varlab||A short description of the variable|
|Question Text||qtext>||The exact wording of the question from the questionnaire|
|Probe||probe||The exact wording of the lead-in question from the questionnaire, where applicable|
|Data Source||source||A categorical variable, defining where the data stored in the variable was generated from|
|Survey||survey||The subject of the survey that the variable was from|
|Wave||wave||The round of data collection that this variable was in (1-6)|
|Respondent||respondent||The person that provided the information for this variable|
|Focal Person||fp_*||The subjects of the variable|
|Topics||topics||The broader concept(s) that are measured by this variable (contains up to two potential topics -- e.g. demographics, employment)|
|Sub-Topics||subTopics||The specific concept(s) that are measured by this variable (contains up to two potential sub-topics, e.g. race/ethnicity, work stress)|
|Asked in (N) Cities||n_cities_asked||The number of cities in which this question was asked|
|Data Type||type||The way that the data is stored in the variable, e.g binary, categorical, continuous|
|Warning||warning||A code to alert the user that this variable may have an unexpected way to store response codes|
|FFC variable||in_FFC_file||A flag for whether this variable was included in the data file for the Fragile Families Challenge (yes/no)|
|Similar variables||group||Denotes a group of similar variables across waves and/or surveys|
|q_group_n||Number of variables in the given variable group|
|q_group_list||List of all variable names in the given variable group|
|Scale||scale||Indicates if the question originates from one of a list of pre-established scales|
|Response codes +||value[1-72]||Lists all possible response options for categorical and binary variables (numeric)|
|label[1-72]||Lists descriptions of all potential response options for categorical and binary variables (string)|
|*||section||Parsed from the variable name, indicates the section of the survey in which the question was asked|
|leaf||Parsed from the variable name, indicates the question number if from a survey or pneumonic for the substance of non-survey variables|
+ Variables from the Opportunity Insights and SEDA Contract Data files contain response codes using Stata's extended missing values. These may display as system missing in other programs.
* Not included on Explorer website
Other API resources to help you use the metadata
|FFCWS Metadata API||Instructions on how to directly access the Web API without using the website interface.|
|R Package||This package allows R users to retrieve metadata within R via the FFCWS Metadata API. Users can select, filter, and search metadata for relevant variables. More information is available on github.|
|Python Package||This Python package provides convenient wrrappers to interface with the FFCWS Metadata API in Python. By downloading and importing the single ff.py module, users can query the metadata variables.|