Mark Sipthorp

Mark Sipthorp

Data Manager
The Australian Institute of Family Studies
BA(Comm), BA (Computing)

Mark Sipthorp is a researcher who joined the Institute in 2006 to work on the Growing Up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children.

Mark Sipthorp is an expert in data management and data integration and has applied this specialised knowledge to several longitudinal studies including the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children, the Stronger Families in Australia study and Pathways of Care: The Longitudinal Study of Children and Young People in Out of Home Care.

Mark wrote the successful application to the National Statistical Service (NSS) for AIFS to become a Commonwealth Data Integration Authority. As a result AIFS has the infrastructure and authority to link Commonweatlh Government administrative data together.

Mark has worked on numerous projects conducted by AIFS and has successfully linked data from a variety of sources to large complex longitudinal datasets held by the Institute. Data linkages that Mark has successfully undertaken include; NAPLAN, MySchool, Medicare, and the National Childcare Accreditation Council.

Selected publications

Daragonova, G., Edwards, B., & Sipthorp, M. (2013). Using National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) data in the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC), LSAC Technical Paper No 8. Australian Institute of Family Studies, Melbourne.

Bittman, M., & Sipthorp, M. (2012). Turned on, tuned in or dropped out? Young children's use of television and transmission of social advantage. In Australian Institute of Family Studies, LSAC Annual statistical report 2011. Melbourne: AIFS

Misson, S., Sanson, A., Berthelsen, D., Rogers, H., Rothman, S., Sipthorp, M., & Wake, M. (2011) Tracking children's development over time: the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children Outcome Indices, Waves 2 and 3, AIFS Research Paper No. 50. Australian Institute of Family Studies, Melbourne.

Daragonova, G. & Sipthorp, M. (2011). Wave 4 weights, LSAC Technical Paper No 9. (PDF 4.1 MB) Australian Institute of Family Studies, Melbourne.

Sipthorp, M. & Misson, S. (2009). Wave 3 weighting and non-response, LSAC Technical Paper No 6. (PDF 2.5 MB) Australian Institute of Family Studies, Melbourne.