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Gentle Introduction to Statistical Analysis for Evaluation using SPSS and R

Methods For Change

Friday, 8 September 2017 from 13:30 to 17:00 (BST)

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This workshop will provide you with an initial introduction to statistical analysis and the most widely used analytics tools, such as SPSS and R. This introduction will help you get started regardless of whether you have any previous training in statistics (so don’t be scared).

The workshop covers the following topics:

  • Introduction to key principles of statistical analysis
  • Examples of statistical analysis from evaluation projects
  • Basic introduction to the statistics software packages R (free, open source) and SPSS (commercial product offered by IBM)
  • How to use SPSS and R to analyse your evaluation data using descriptive statistics

You are encouraged to bring your own data and computer with you to this workshop so you can practice with direct and experts support. By the end of this workshop, you will be able to use the appropriate statistical analysis in order to report on your data, which will make your quantitative research and evaluations more readable and robust.



Dr. Eric Jensen Associate Professor

Dr. Eric Jensen (Associate Professor, Dept. of Sociology, University of Warwick) is a leading social scientist specializing in innovative methods of conducting impact evaluation research in informal learning and public engagement contexts.

Jensen is author of Doing Real Research: A Practical Guide to Social Research (SAGE). He has extensive experience designing and conducting quantitative and mixed methods evaluations at institutions including the National Gallery, London Zoo, Natural History Museum, Cheltenham Literature Festival, the British Museum, San Diego Zoo and Bronx Zoo. Dr. Jensen holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Cambridge (UK). He teaches social research methods at the University of Warwick. 

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Benjamin K. Smith University of California Communication Researcher

Benjamin Smith is a researcher at the University of California-Santa Barbara's Department of Communication and Orfalea Center for Global & International Studies. He is an experienced social research expert, specialising in quantitative methods, marketing and market research. He has consulted as a statistics expert on numerous evaluations including the Manchester Science Festival in the UK.

His recent research has focused on quantitative research methodology in the context of big data and public attitudes measurement, including publications in journals such as Public Understanding of Science and Public Opinion Quarterly. His previous degrees are in communication and public relations. While broadly focused on public opinion and mass media, Benjamin's research has covered a wide variety of theoretical and contextual ground. His research has ranged from developing a synthesized model for predicting U.S. elections, based in part on Wikipedia page views, to a critical review of the UK's 2015 Public Attitudes to Science survey. In addition to his ongoing research related to science and political communication, Benjamin currently leads the Media Constructions of Terrorism project at the Orfalea Center, exploring the media's role in constructing public understandings of terrorism and extremism.

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Standard, including businesses £120
University Staff£96
Charities & unaffiliated individuals£78
Concessionary (students & unemployed£48

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SE1 0NZ London
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Friday, 8 September 2017 from 13:30 to 17:00 (BST)

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Methods for Change is a series of practitioner focused workshops designed to guide you and your organisation on the best evaluation and research techniques and ideas available. These sessions will empower you and your organisation to become more effective at gathering and getting the most out of your data.

Workshops cover a range of evaluation tools and techniques for data collection and analysis, focusing on different sectors with invited expert speakers and facilitators. All of this is aimed at helping to provide resources and support to enable better quality evaluation and research to improve services and practices.

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