The Management and Analysis of Data for Social Science and Other Research
Dates: July 18 – 29, 2016
Venue: University Of Ghana, Accra, Ghana
Course Outcome: This year’s ASRI Stata course has come to a successful completion. The two-week training programme on the use of Stata, a leading software for econometric and statistical analyses, was held from July 18 to July 29 at the University of Ghana. The participants, numbering 38, included University faculty, graduate students, officers from Ghana’s Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development, Ministry of Roads and Highways, and National Communications Authority. The instructors for the training comprised researchers and academics from the University of Ghana, the University of Cape Town (South Africa), and the University of Cape Coast (Ghana). The training focused mainly on data management with Stata, and the analysis of survey datasets with the software. By courtesy of ASRI, course participants received licenses for Stata 14 (latest version of the software), for which they were very appreciative. The course participants were also presented with certificates of participation. Judging by views expressed by the participants, the two-week training was very successful.
Overview: This short course will introduce participants to the statistical analysis of demographic, economics, and health datasets from Ghana and other African countries, using Stata, a leading statistical package. Samples of data from the most recent rounds of the Ghana Living Standards Survey (GLSS) and the Ghana Demographic and Health Survey (DHS), as well as times series data will be used to illustrate various ways of managing and analysing data. A major advantage of this course is that each participant will receive a copy of the latest version of the software.
Structure of Course: The course runs from Monday July 20 through Friday July 31, 2015, with Saturday and Sunday free. Mornings are devoted to guided hands-on data analysis in a computer lab using Stata, with exercises and informal instruction in the afternoons. A high ratio of instructors to trainees provides each participant with individual support. Exercises promote practice in analysing data to answer policy-relevant questions in demography, economics, governance, and health.
Target Audience: The 2-week course is designed to serve a wide range of participants, including researchers, graduate students, and staff in government agencies and NGOs. Participants should have some prior training in statistics and be comfortable working with computers. It is, however, not necessary to have some prior experience working with Stata or other statistical packages.
Applications: The deadline for applying for the course was June 3, 2016. The application process is competitive and enrollment is limited. Participants will be selected on the basis of their interest, prior methodological training, and potential for research contributions. Notification of acceptance will be sent by June 17, 2016.
Cost: Accepted participants will be required to pay a registration fee of 1,500 GHS. The course package includes the provision of course notes, lunch, snacks, and a certificate. All participants are, however, responsible for their own housing and transportation. Fee discounts are available for a limited number of full-time postgraduate students.