Education

Course Schedule

Qualitative Analysis

Atlas.ti Hands-On Workshop (Part 1)

Paul Mihas

This course is a repeat of the 9/22/16 Atlas.ti Part 1 training. This hands-on short course will illustrate the capabilities of the PC version of ATLAS.ti 7, a software program for coding and interpreting qualitative text. It provides a network editor that allows you to graphically display and examine the hierarchical and relational connections among your codes. ATLAS.ti provides numerous options for attaching memos and comments to text segments, documents, and codes.

No registration required. UNC students, faculty, and staff will need to show their UNC OneCard.

For further information, please contact Paul Mihas.


Davis 3010
Date: October 3, 2016

Times: 2:00pm - 4:30pm

MAXQDA Hands-On Workshop

Paul Mihas

This course will cover the capabilities of MAXQDA, a software program that supports qualitative data analysis and helps users systematically code, evaluate, and interpret texts. It is also a powerful tool for developing theories as well as testing theoretical hunches. Its features include coding, memo writing, matrix building, and map building.

No registration required. UNC students, faculty, and staff will need to show their UNC OneCard.

For more information, please contact Paul Mihas.


Davis 3010
Date: October 10, 2016

Times: 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Atlas.ti Hands-On Workshop (Part 2)

Paul Mihas

This hands-on short course will cover analysis features (co-occurrence explorer, the query tool, the codes-primary-documents table) and using diagrams in your analysis.

There is no fee for this course.

No registration required. UNC students, faculty, and staff will need to show their UNC OneCard.

If you have questions, please contact Paul_Mihas@unc.edu.


Davis 3010
Date: October 17, 2016

Times: 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Mixed Methods Workshop

Lisa Pearce
This TWO-DAY course equips students to design, conduct, and critique mixed method research. From a pragmatic perspective, we will explore the strengths and weaknesses of a variety of data collection methods, and evaluate strategies for combining them. We will focus on mixed method research designs incorporating in-depth interviews, focus groups, participant observation, archival research, survey interviews, and/or hybrid methods. The majority of the course will center on research design and data collection issues. Some time will be spent on strategies for analyzing and presenting data from multiple sources. This course is designed for those who are relatively new to mixed method research, and interested in the principles that should guide it. Participants who come with a specific set of research questions in mind will have opportunities to apply topics of discussion to their own research ideas during the workshop.

Instructor: Lisa Pearce, UNC-CH Department of Sociology

**14.0 CPSM Short Course Hours will be awarded to CPSM students who take this 2-day course.**

UNC students: $50
Faculty/Staff/Other: $70


Registration will open 60 days prior to the start date.

* 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.
* Waitlist/ Walk-ins: There may be a waitlist for the courses. Walk-ins will not be accepted. Each attendee must register and pay prior to 3 days before the start of the course.

Davis 3010
Dates: January 26 - 27, 2017

Times: 10:00am - 4:00pm

Quantitative Analysis

An Introduction to Conducting Experiments in the Social Sciences

Steven Buzinski
This one-day course will provide a basic introduction to conducting experimental research in the social sciences. With an eye towards pragmatics, this course will teach participants about the experimental life cycle in social science, from research question to experimental design and implementation. Topics covered will include forming theory-grounded hypotheses, an overview of experimental methods, writing & submitting IRB applications, and using Qualtrics online survey software for experimental research. Participants should bring a laptop computer and research ideas.

Registration Fees:

  • UNC Students - $20
  • UNC Staff/Faculty/Others - $40

    Registration will open 60 days prior to the class date.

    * 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.
    * Waitlist/ Walk-ins: There may be a waitlist for the courses. Walk-ins will not be accepted. Each attendee must register and pay prior to 3 days before the start of the course.

    Davis 3010
    Date: March 10, 2017

    Times: 10:00am - 4:00pm

    Spatial Analysis & Mapping

    Introduction to the QGIS Open Source Software: Part 1

    Scott Madry

    This will be the first of two, 2-hour hands-on workshops using the QGIS open source GIS package. This first workshop will begin with an overall introduction to the “OSGEO Stack” of open source GIS tools, including QGIS, GRASS, R and other tools. Then we will explore the QGIS software, which can run on Windows, Mac or Linux environments, runs in over 40 languages, and includes vector, raster, georegistration, and other capabilities, all using ESRI shapefiles as the basic vector data structure and Geotiffs as the basic raster data structure. The first workshop will be a general introduction to the QGIS user interface and will explore the various elementary functions, loading vector and raster data, etc. Additional tutorials and data will be made available to the participants so you can continue to work on your own. Feel free to bring your own laptop so you can download the software, tutorials, and data, or use a computer in the lab.

    There is no fee for this course.


    No registration required. UNC students, faculty, and staff will need to show their UNC OneCard.


    Davis 247
    Date: October 24, 2016

    TImes: 10:00am - 12:00pm

    Introduction to the QGIS Open Source Software: Part 2

    Scott Madry

    The second class will continue the introduction to the QGIS software. We will explore various plugins, including live linking OpenStreetMaps and Bing maps and images, creating cartographic maps using the composer cartographic interface, working with vector attribute tables, and downloading and working with raster satellite imagery. Web resources will be explored. Additional tutorials and data will be made available to the participants so you can continue to work on your own. Feel free to bring your own laptop so you can download the software, tutorials, and data, or use a computer in the lab.A

    There is no fee for this course.


    No registration required. UNC students, faculty, and staff will need to show their UNC OneCard.


    Davis 247
    Date: October 26, 2016

    Times: 10:00am - 12:00pm

    Introduction to the GRASS Open Source GIS and image processing software

    Scott Madry

    This third 2-hour workshop will cover the GRASS GIS package, which is included in the QGIS download and can be used either as a set of integrated tools in the QGIS environment, or run as the stand-alone GRASS package. GRASS is the original open source GIS package, and is a very powerful and integrated GIS, image processing, spatial analysis, visualization and modeling environment. The first hour of the workshop will use GRASS within the QGIS environment, where data can be used as GRASS files in the same environment as QGIS shapefiles, and can be converted easily between the two. The current QGIS software can now call all of the GRASS functions (over 400) remotely and does raster and vector data format conversion on the fly. In the second hour we will use GRASS in its stand-alone configuration. Additional tutorials and data will be made available to the participants so you can continue to work on your own. Feel free to bring your own laptop so you can download the software, tutorials, and data, or use a computer in the lab.

    There is no fee for this course.


    No registration required. UNC students, faculty, and staff will need to show their UNC OneCard.


    Davis 247
    Date: October 28, 2016

    Times: 10:00am - 12:00pm

    Applied Spatial Regression Analysis

    Paul Voss

    This short course provides an introduction to the field of spatial regression modeling. When analyzing data aggregated to geographic areas (e.g., census data for counties), a fresh set of issues arise that are not present in traditional non-spatial data analyses. These issues need to be recognized and accounted for when properly specifying regression models using attributes that are linked to geographic location. The topics covered in two afternoon sessions include:
    • Why standard regression models generally fail when analyzing spatial data
    • Defining and understanding “spatial autocorrelation”
    • Causes of spatial autocorrelation
    • Measuring & operationalizing spatial effects
    • Defining spatial “neighborhoods”
    • Creating spatial weights matrices
    • Moran’s I statistic
    • Incorporating spatial effects in spatial regression models
    • Specification & estimation of spatial regression models
    • Spatial regression model diagnostics
    • (Time permitting: some interesting extensions to related topics)

    Examples of estimating spatial regression models will use the open source software suite R (no prior knowledge of R is necessary)

    Registration Fees:

  • UNC-CH Students - $40
  • All Others - $90

    To Register, click here

    * 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.
    * Waitlist/ Walk-ins: There may be a waitlist for the courses. Walk-ins will not be accepted. Each attendee must register and pay prior to 3 days before the start of the course.

    Davis 219
    Dates: November 7 & 9, 2016

    Times: 1:30pm - 4:00pm

    Web Mapping

    Phil McDaniel

    You do not need to be a GIS expert or a web programmer to make great-looking, informative web maps. This workshop will highlight the GIS Librarians’ favorite web mapping tools.

    Cartodb is a user-friendly online mapping tool that reads many data formats and has wizards for creating quick maps that can be embedded into websites. It also gives users control over the look and feel of their maps.

    ArcGIS Online is a web mapping tool and an online component to ArcGIS. It is very easy to use and utilizes an impressive library of base maps and data to help you create beautiful maps that can be added to websites.

    Pre-registration required. Register here

    This Research Hub short course is offered through a partnership between the Odum Institute for Research in Social Sciences and the University Library.

    Davis 247
    Date: November 8, 2016

    Times: 2:00pm - 3:30pm

    Survey Research

    Introduction to Cognitive Interviewing

    Teresa Edwards
    This course will provide an overview of cognitive interviewing as a technique for developing and/or testing survey questions. We will briefly discuss participant recruitment and other planning details before turning to development of an interview guide, discussion of think-aloud and probing techniques, selection of probes, trade-offs of concurrent vs. retrospective probing, and how to choose the best techniques for particular situations. We will use demonstrations and exercises to give participants experience using the technique.

    Registration Fees:

  • CPSM Students - $20
  • UNC Students - $35
  • Other - $40
    This course will count as 4.0 short course credit hours.

    To Register, click here

    * 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.
    * Waitlist/ Walk-ins: There may be a waitlist for the courses. Walk-ins will not be accepted. Each attendee must register and pay prior to 3 days before the start of the course.

    Davis 219
    Date: October 25, 2016

    Times: 9:00am - 1:00pm

    An Overview of Topics in "Big Data": Unpacking Data Science for Beginners

    Cliff Lampe

    This course is a one-day introduction to “Big Data” as method of conducting research. The course will cover a range of issues, including: • Characteristics of data that is collected through these techniques. For example, when is scale of data important, vs. the nonreactive nature of the data. • Common methods for obtaining datasets for “Big Data” • Epistemological approaches for using data, including the inductive nature of many data analytic techniques. • Comparison of data analytic techniques with other forms of research. • Exploration of a variety of tools that are commonly used in Big Data research. • Common analytical techniques in data science. People who take this course will be able to define the pros and cons of data science as a research method, understand common terms related to Big Data techniques, and identify research questions that are appropriate to these techniques. It’s impossible to give a very technical training in a one day class, so while we’ll cover where one can go to learn more, this class will not delve deeply into technical aspects of big data. Given the nature of the instructor’s research, the class will focus on data mined from social media sites, which is one of the most common sources for data analytic approaches. Any person with a solid background in research methods will benefit from this course.


    Instructor:

    Cliff Lampe is an Associate Professor in the School of Information at the University of Michigan. His work is on the effects of social media use by individuals, groups and organizations with a focus on positive outcomes. He publishes in the the fields of Human Computer Interaction, and Communication Science. In his research, Dr. Lampe has examined interaction on multiple social media platforms, and has frequently used “big data” techniques to study interactions on those platforms. With a background of research at the Institute of Social Research at Michigan, Dr. Lampe has also been recently collaborating on a series of projects that look at the comparison of data analytic techniques and survey measurement in terms of a variety of research goals.

    This course will count as 7.0 CPSM short course credit hours.

    Registration Fees:

  • CPSM Students - $30
  • UNC Students - $45
  • Other - $60

    To Register, click here


    * 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.
    * Waitlist/ Walk-ins: There may be a waitlist for the courses. Walk-ins will not be accepted. Each attendee must register and pay prior to 3 days before the start of the course.

    Davis 219
    Date: 11/3/2016

    Times: 9:00am - 4:30pm

    New Technologies in Surveys

    Michael Link
    Rapid advancements in communications and database technologies are changing the societal landscape across which public opinion and survey researchers operate. In particular, the ways in which people both access and share information about attitudes, opinions, and behaviors have gone through perhaps a greater transformation in the last decade than in any previous point in history and this trend appears likely to continue. This course examines some of the research findings to date with respect to the use of mobile and social media platforms as vehicles for collecting information on attitudes, opinions and behaviors. For each area, we will explore current applications, known best practices, and cautions, including smartphones (for surveys, GPS, and visual data collection) and social network platforms (surveys and other forms of information). Examples will be provided from several topic areas, including assessment of political attitudes, health-related studies, and consumer research. The final section of the course delineates some of the more fruitful areas for on-going research to improve our understanding of these technologies and the role they can play in assessing public opinion.

    Registration Fees:

  • CPSM Students - $30
  • UNC Students - $45
  • Other - $60

    This course will count as 7.0 CPSM short course credit hours.

    RESCHEDULED FROM NOVEMBER 10

    To Register, click here

    * 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.
    * Waitlist/ Walk-ins: There may be a waitlist for the courses. Walk-ins will not be accepted. Each attendee must register and pay prior to 3 days before the start of the course.

    Davis 219
    Date: November 14, 2016 (Rescheduled from November 10)

    Times: 9:00am - 4:30pm

    Data Collection Using Mobile Phones in Developing Countries: New Approaches with SMS, IVR, and CATI

    Charles Lau

    The rapid growth of mobile phones in developing countries opens up new possibilities for data collection. Short message service (SMS), interactive voice response (IVR), and computer-assisted telephone interviewing (CATI) can produce data faster and less expensively than face-to-face surveys. This course will introduce students to the design and implementation of SMS, IVR, and CATI surveys in low income countries. Dr. Lau will draw from real world examples to illustrate how these modes work. We will also discuss basic survey design principles in each mode, focusing on sampling and questionnaire design. Third, Dr. Lau will review issues related to implementation - e.g., quality assurance, monitoring sample, and cost. By the end of the course, students will understand each mode operates, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of each mode.

    There are no prerequisites for this course, but basic familiarity with survey research in developing countries is helpful.


    The Instructor: Charles Lau designs and implements surveys in low- and middle-income countries. He directs projects through the survey cycle, including study design, questionnaire development, sampling, interviewer training, data collection, analysis, and reporting. Dr. Lau has led surveys in 17 countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. In these countries, he has used different modes of data collection, including face-to-face interviewing with tablets, telephone, web, and short message service (SMS). With funding from governments, foundations, and commercial clients, his work has covered various topics including health, education, politics, and technology. He also publishes research on cross-cultural issues in survey design, interviewer and mode effects, and sampling approaches in developing countries. Dr. Lau joined RTI in 2010. He teaches International Survey Methods at North Carolina State University.

    This course will count as 2.0 CPSM short course credit hours.

    To Register, click here
    This course is free but slots are limited.

    * 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.
    * Waitlist/ Walk-ins: There may be a waitlist for the courses. Walk-ins will not be accepted. Each attendee must register and pay prior to 3 days before the start of the course.
    There will be no registration fee but slots are limited.

    * Waitlist/ Walk-ins: There may be a waitlist for the courses. Walk-ins will not be accepted. Each attendee must register prior to 3 days before the start of the course.

    Davis 219
    Date: November 16, 2016

    Times: 1:00pm - 3:00pm

    Weighting Survey Data

    Paul Biemer
    This course is an introduction to the basic concepts for weighting survey data. It begins by defining the goals of weighting including weighting as a correction for differential selection probabilities, non-response and non-coverage. The course covers the process of developing weights for stratified two-stage sampling including computing design weights and methods for nonresponse adjustments and frame coverage error adjustments. Additional topics may include the effect of weighting on variance of the estimates and extreme weights.

    INSTRUCTOR
    Paul P. Biemer is Distinguished Fellow, Statistics, at RTI International and Associate Director for Survey Research and Development for the Odum Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He received his Ph.D. in Statistics from Texas A&M University and has taught at the University of Maryland (Joint Program in Survey Methodology), University of Michigan (Summer Institute) and George Washington University (Statistics Department). He was formerly Head of the Department of Experimental Statistics and Director of the Statistics Center at New Mexico State University and has also worked for the Bureau of the Census where he was Assistant Director for Statistical Research. His research has examined the relationships between survey design and survey error, statistical methods for assessing survey errors, particularly measurement errors and methods for the analysis of survey data. His articles have been published in numerous scholarly journals. His book, Introduction to Survey Quality, and several edited volumes including Measurement Errors in Surveys, have been published by John Wiley & Sons.

    Registration Fees:

  • CPSM Students - $20
  • UNC Students - $35
  • Other - $40
    This course will count as 4.0 short course credit hours.

    To Register, click here

    * 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.
    * Waitlist/ Walk-ins: There may be a waitlist for the courses. Walk-ins will not be accepted. Each attendee must register and pay prior to 3 days before the start of the course.

    * 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.
    * Waitlist/ Walk-ins: There may be a waitlist for the courses. Walk-ins will not be accepted. Each attendee must register and pay prior to 3 days before the start of the course.

    Davis 219
    Date: November 17, 2016

    Times: 9:00am - 1:00pm

    Introduction to Focus Groups

    Emily Geisen

    Focus group interviews are commonly used for survey development, content development, and qualitative data collection to capture rich information about attitudes and beliefs that affect behavior. An overview of the basics of focus groups supplemented with real examples and hands-on practice will highlight the most appropriate uses of focus groups, moderating focus groups, developing interview questions, analyzing and using results, as well as reporting findings.

    Registration Fees:

  • CPSM Students - $30
  • UNC Students - $45
  • Other - $60

    Registration will open 60 days prior to class.

    This course will count as 7.0 CPSM short course credit hours.

    * 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.
    * Waitlist/ Walk-ins: There may be a waitlist for the courses. Walk-ins will not be accepted. Each attendee must register and pay prior to 3 days before the start of the course.

    Davis 219
    Date: January 19, 2017

    Times: 9:00am - 4:30pm

    Social Media's Role in Survey Research

    Course description TBA

    THE INSTRUCTOR

    Joe Murphy is Director of the Program on Digital Technology and Society within RTI International’s Survey Research Division. His research focuses on the development and application of new technologies and modes of communication to improve the survey research process. His recent work has centered on the use and analysis of social media to supplement survey data, with a detailed focus on Twitter. Mr. Murphy also investigates optimal designs for mobile data collection platforms, data visualization, crowdsourcing, and social research in virtual worlds. He is a demographer by training and survey methodologist by practice.


    Registration Fees:

  • CPSM Students - $20
  • UNC Students - $35
  • Other - $45

    Registration will open 60 days prior to class.

    This course will count as 4.0 CPSM short course credit hours.

    * 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.
    * Waitlist/ Walk-ins: There may be a waitlist for the courses. Walk-ins will not be accepted. Each attendee must register and pay prior to 3 days before the start of the course.

    Davis 219
    Date: April 12, 2017

    Times: 9:00am - 1:00pm

    Statistical Computing

    SAS

    Chris Wiesen

    This is a four-part course. SAS part 1 of 4 will give an introduction to the SAS system and SAS windows. Topics to be covered include: creating and saving SAS programs; reading in data from simple and complex text data sets; typing variables; obtaining frequencies, contents, and univariate statistics. SAS part 2 of 4 will discuss formatting variable values; creating SAS libraries for storing and retrieving SAS data sets and format files; reading raw data from external files; creating new SAS data sets from existing SAS data sets, subsetting by observation and by variable. SAS part 3 of 4 will explain how to create new SAS data sets combining information from multiple existing SAS datasets; how to sort, concatenate, interleave, and merge data sets; how to perform the t-test, and test for no association in a contingency table. For SAS part 4 of 4, attendants will be allowed to suggest topics. Past topics include variable retyping, creating SAS datasets from SAS output; creating html and Microsoft Word tables, ANOVA, importing and exporting Excel files.

    Students should bring a flashdrive to class.

    No registration required. UNC students, faculty, and staff will need to show their UNC OneCard.

    This class always fills so be sure to arrive before the class start time. There are only 21 seats with computers, but a limited number of those who have laptops with SAS loaded will be allowed to sit in.


    Davis 3010
    Dates: October 31 - November 3, 2016

    Times: 3:00pm - 5:00pm

    Other

    Tableau I

    Matt Jansen

    Tableau is a user-friendly software application used to create static or interactive visualizations and dashboards. Examples can be found here: https://public.tableau.com/s/gallery

    Tableau's drag-and-drop interface provides tools to build a variety of visualizations with no coding required, and visualizations can be embedded in websites by copying and pasting embed code. In this workshop, participants will create basic visualizations and an interactive dashboard in Tableau Public.

    Note: Participants should create an account at public.tableau.com before the workshop in order to save the exercise dashboard to the web. https://public.tableau.com/auth/signup

    Pre-registration required. Register here

    This Research Hub short course is offered through a partnership between the Odum Institute for Research in Social Sciences and the University Library.

    Davis 247
    Date: October 5, 2016

    Times: 10:00am - 11:15am

    Tableau II

    Matt Jansen

    Tableau is a user-friendly software application used to create static or interactive visualizations and dashboards. Examples can be found here: https://public.tableau.com/s/gallery

    This workshop will help attendees improve upon basic web-based interactive visualizations and dashboards covered in Tableau I. Topics covered will include: Dashboards, Stories, Filters and linked visualizations, Custom maps, and more!

    Pre-registration required. Register here

    Note: Participants should create an account at public.tableau.com before the workshop in order to save their work to the web. https://public.tableau.com/auth/signup

    This Research Hub short course is offered through a partnership between the Odum Institute for Research in Social Sciences and the University Library.

    Davis 247
    Date: October 7, 2016

    Times: 10:00am - 11:15am

    Collecting and Analyzing Textual Data

    Kelsey Shoub
    This two-day hands-on short course provides a brief introduction to quantitative text analysis and mining in the social sciences for those who have little to no experience with the topic. The first session will focus on the basics of the collecting and formatting the text, an overview of how to extract specific pieces of information, and how to process your documents. The second session will provide an introduction to supervised, semi-supervised, and unsupervised models used to classify or elicit information from the text. In this context, supervised means that the researcher provides some amount of information for an algorithm to be trained and then be used to make predictions or explanations. A basic working knowledge of R is necessary. For those wanting a refresher, see the online R course available on Odum's website: Introduction to R

    No registration required. UNC students, faculty, and staff will need to show their UNC OneCard.

    For the course syllabus, click here: Textual Data Course Syllabus
    Davis 219
    Dates: October 11 & 13, 2016

    Times: 9:30am - 12:00pm