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Looking for Focus Group Facilitator

UNC Academic Advising is looking for a focus group facilitator to moderate four focus groups during the week of February 29. If you are interested, please contact Jamie Corcoran at

Jamie Corcoran, M.Ed.
Academic Advisor | College of Arts & Sciences and General College
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Hardin Residence Hall 171C | 495 Paul Hardin Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
919-843-4481 (p) | 919-962-6888 (f)

Short Course: Executing Your Survey Research Project

This workshop series will provide guidance to participants conducting survey research for their dissertation, thesis, or other project. Each week the workshop will focus on a topic and provide instruction, group discussion and an opportunity for participants to complete a worksheet or review handouts. The worksheets and handouts are tangible products that will help guide participants to execute their survey research. The series will provide information that can be applied to web or paper surveys. There are no prerequisites to this workshop series and participants are encouraged to bring any materials they have already developed for their project.

Workshop 1, Jan 13: Creating a Timeline for Success and a Data Analysis Plan

A comprehensive timeline helps the researcher set short and long-term goals to keep the project on track. The data analysis plan drives key decisions in survey design and implementation and should be developed at the beginning of the project. In this session participants will learn about important elements of these items and draft, review, and/or receive feedback on their own timeline and data analysis plan.

Workshop 2, Jan 20: Participant Engagement and Data Management Plans

This session focuses on ways to engage your participants to yield higher response rates and procedures to collect and manage survey data. How do the words and materials you use to recruit respondents affect cooperation rate and data quality? What options are available to recruit participants? What are the pros and cons of different contact and data collection modes (e.g. email, postal letter, phone calls, text messages. How will you store and manage your data once they are collected? In this session participants will draft, review, and/or receive feedback on their data collection protocol and data management plan.

Workshop 3, Jan 27: Questionnaire Development

Good question development is the heart of a quality survey. We will review principles for question development, what should be considered when moving from a paper to a web survey, and tips for using previously designed scales. Participants will draft, review, and/or receive feedback on their survey questions.

Workshop 4, Feb 3: Qualtrics Overview

Qualtrics is an online survey software program available free of charge to UNC students, faculty, and staff. A free trial version is available to the public. This session covers programming surveys, assigning variable names and code numbers, distributing survey invitations and reminders, and exporting data for analysis. Participants will also receive an overview of advanced Qualtrics functionalities.

Workshop 5, Feb 10: Paper Surveys and Testing Surveys (web and paper)

There is more to designing an effective paper survey than typing up your questions and selecting ‘Print.’ This session provides a brief tutorial on designing and distributing paper surveys, followed by discussion of the important steps of testing surveys. We will review testing methods including cognitive interviewing, usability testing, observation, data review, and piloting. Participants will draft, review, and/or receive feedback on their plans for testing their surveys.

Workshop 6, Feb 17: Institutional Review Board and Protecting Human Subjects

Most survey research in an academic setting requires approval from an Institutional Review Board (IRB) whose purpose is to protect the rights and well-being of research subjects. This session quickly reviews the purpose and function of an IRB and the UNC ethics training requirements for researchers before turning to the nuts and bolts of completing the UNC IRB Application for a survey project. Participants will receive detailed guidance on completing their own IRB application in ways that maximize efficiency and minimize processing delays.

Workshop 7, Feb 24: Preparing Data for Analysis and Archiving

This session focuses on data cleaning, preparation for analysis and archiving survey data for long-term preservation. Participants will learn how to keep a log for data that need to be cleaned, how to prepare data for commonly used analysis packages, and options for archiving data.

If you have any questions, please contact Teresa Edwards at or Katie Clark at

To Register, click here


UNC Students Paying from PERSONAL funds: $85



NO UNC Affiliation: $350

* Cancellation/ Refund Policy: A full refund will be given to those who cancel their registration no later than 10 days prior to the course. If you cancel within the 10 days prior to the class, no refund will be given. Please allow 30 days to receive your refund.

ResearchTalk's Qualitative Data Analysis Camp

March 21-24, 2016
Carrboro, North Carolina

Special Offer:
The first 10 registrants who register and pay using the discount code "QDAC10" will receive a 20% discount. Cannot be combined with any other offers.

Enhance your qualitative data analysis strategies while making progress on your analysis and analysis planning. Learn from three ResearchTalk mentors with over 50 years combined experience in qualitative analysis.

Core Topics: Overview of the life of a qualitative analysis process using ResearchTalk's Sort and Sift approach.
• The importance of starting with quotations and key data segments
• The role of visual diagramming in rethinking how ideas combine to help you find and tell your story
• Using memos to write for discovery
• Creating and comparing episode profiles to privilege the whole story of each data document
• Using categorization and coding as a means of topic discovery and monitoring
• Fluid movement toward products (reports, presentations, articles, books, etc.)
Support Topics: Hints, tips and strategies
• Project problem-solving and decision-making
• Integrating qualitative software into your analysis approach
• Hints and tips for rapid turn-around results
• Strategies to treat qualitative portions of mixed methods projects
For more information, visit or e-mail

PolitiFact Article Uses the Odum Archive

Jon Greenberg, a journalist for PolitiFact, recently contacted the Odum Archive to locate historical polling data on GOP elections. To see his article, go to “Matthew Dowd: Historic Polling Pattern Points to Trump”.

Virtual Institute for Social Research (VISR)

The Virtual Institute for Social Research (VISR) is a powerful computing network initiated by researchers at the Odum Institute in partnership with the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI). When fully developed, VISR will bring social science investigators together in a virtual collaborative environment with enough computing power to tackle the challenges of big data management, thus putting the full potential of the big data revolution at the fingertips of social scientists around the world.

For more information on VISR, please see the white paper that outlines how VISR will give researchers a venue for collaboration, access to supercomputing power, and a full suite of tools to take advantage of big data for society’s benefits. For more information, go to

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