Stephanie Dickinson: Your Statistical Toolbelt
2-4 PM, SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCH COMMONS GRAND HALL (WOODBURN HALL 200)
This workshop will give an overview of how to identify what types of data analysis tools to use for a project, along with basic “DIY” instructions. We will discuss the most common analysis tools for describing your data and performing significance tests (ANOVA, Regression, Correlation, Chi-square, etc), and how they should be selected based on the type of data and the type of research question you have. We will spend the first hour outlining “what analysis to use when” and the second hour going through examples in SPSS software.
Stephanie Dickinson is a senior consultant at the Indiana Statistical Consulting Center.
Thomas Jackson: Introduction to R
1:30-4 PM, SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCH COMMONS GRAND HALL (WOODBURN HALL 200)
R is a free statistical programming language that provides many powerful tools for visualizing and analyzing data. R is used by statisticians around the world and is becoming increasingly popular in a variety of quantitative disciplines. R is used exclusively with programming syntax (i.e. no “point-and-click” interface) and therefore has a steep learning curve for new programmers. This two and a half hour workshop will introduce the fundamentals of R. Participants will become familiar with the R user environment, basic data structures, and syntax. Methods for creating and importing data files and downloading and using additional packages will be covered, along with the basic descriptive statistic, plots, and elementary statistical tests.
Thomas Jackson is a senior consultant at the Indiana Statistical Consulting Center.
Dr. J. Scott Long: Principles of Workflow in Data Analysis
1:30-3 PM, SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCH COMMONS GRAND HALL (WOODBURN HALL 200)
Dr. Long is Distinguished Professor and Chancellor’s Professor of Sociology and Statistics at Indiana University.
Dr. Stacey Giroux, Lilian Yahng, and Ashley Bowers: Introduction to Questionnaire Design
2-3:30 PM, SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCH COMMONS GRAND HALL (WOODBURN HALL 200)
A well-designed and tested survey questionnaire is one of the most powerful tools that researchers in education, health, business and public policy, and the social sciences have to obtain accurate and reliable measurements of a wide range of attitudes, opinions, beliefs, and behaviors. With technological advances in how data are captured, exciting new horizons for survey measurement and assessment of the quality of those measurements are emerging. In this workshop, we review best practices in the development and testing of survey questionnaires that may be administered using web, mail, telephone and/or face-to-face data collection methods. We will provide numerous practical examples of how to design and evaluate survey questions and how to implement commonly used testing procedures, including in-depth cognitive interviews and field pretests.
Dr. Stacey Giroux is Senior Study Director at IU’s Center for Survey Research and Adjunct Faculty in Anthropology. Lilian Yahng is Director of R&D and the Research Laboratory at IU’s Center for Survey Research. Ashley Bowers is Director of IU’s Center for Survey Research and a clinical assistant professor in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs.