This course is meant to increase quantitative research skills among African researchers, particularly those based in academic institutions and non-commercial research organizations, who are working in the fields of governance and public policy. The course helps participants become more informed “consumers” of quantitative research while it also equips them to be “producers” of simple analyses motivated by their own research interests.
The course assumes no prior training in quantitative methods nor in statistical computing. Those who have previously taken an introductory course (perhaps several years ago) will also benefit. All of the software used in the course – mainly R and RStudio – is free and open-source and will be distributed to participants. The course combines interactive lectures with practical exercises that participants work on individually or in pairs.