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Course Schedule

Academic Holiday

Fall Break

Conference Room
October 16, 2014 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
October 17, 2014 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Qualitative Analysis

ATLAS.ti 7 Introductory Hands-on Workshop

Paul Mihas

This hands-on short course will illustrate the capabilities 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 is required.

For further information, please contact Paul Mihas.

Click here for a course handout.


3010 Davis Library
September 09, 2014 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM

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 is required.

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

September 11, 2014 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM

NVivo 10 Hands-on Workshop (Part 1)

Paul Mihas

This session will allow participants to work through a textual document in NVivo, a software program for coding textual data such as interviews, focus groups, and field notes. It combines editable text and multimedia capabilities with searching and linking, as well as theory building. Text files can also be linked to graphics or audio files. The program provides an attribute system which can be used for coding demographic variables. It supports visual models, including the specification of types of links between objects in the model.

No registration required.

For further information, please contact Paul Mihas.


Davis 3010
October 16, 2014 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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.

For more information, please contact Paul Mihas.


Davis 3010
October 20, 2014 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Quantitative Analysis

A Beginner's Look at Multilevel Analysis

Paul Voss
This five-session short course provides an introduction to multilevel modeling for those who have no prior knowledge of the topic. It will also be useful for those with some experience in multilevel data analysis but a desire to develop a stronger theoretical grounding and improved understanding of different multilevel models and computer output. Multilevel modeling is used throughout the social, medical and other sciences to understand how response variables at one level of analysis can be influenced by variables from other levels in a data nested hierarchy. The R programming suite will be used to demonstrate the specification of various multilevel models.

Instructor: Paul Voss

Registration will open 60 days before class.
Davis 3010
October 29, 2014 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
November 05, 2014 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
November 12, 2014 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
November 19, 2014 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
December 03, 2014 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Bayesian Statistics: An Introduction for Social Scientists

Joe Ibrahim

This short course will be divided into 3 parts. The first part will discuss introductory principles in Bayesian inference, including the Bayesian paradigm, prior elicitation and computational methods. Also, Bayesian methods for linear models and generalized linear models will be discussed in detail.

The second part will examine models Bayesian methods for longitudinal data and survival models, and the third part will examine some special topics such as Bayesian model assessment and missing data. Several applications and case studies will be presented throughout the short course and SAS code as well as WinBUGS code will be provided throughout the course.

Prerequisites: Coursework in linear models and survival analysis would be helpful.

Registration fees:

UNC Students: $22

UNC Faculty/Staff: $40

Other: $50

Registration will open 60 days before the course.

If you have questions, please contact Paul_Mihas@unc.edu.
Conference Room
November 11, 2014 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
November 12, 2014 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
November 18, 2014 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Spatial Analysis

Applied Spatial Regression Analysis

Paul Voss
This six-session 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. Spatial data typically are characterized, first, by heterogeneity, arising (1) from often highly diverse units of analysis (in terms both of geographic area and population size) and (2) from large-scale, long-distance regional differentiation (where social and economic activities are distributed across the landscape in somewhat homogeneous regions that stand out as different from neighboring regions). Second, spatial data usually are characterized by localized, small-scale, inter-unit dependence, arising from a host of mechanisms operating in space that serve to make individual units of analysis very much like other units in their neighborhood. These two factors (spatial heterogeneity and spatial dependence) conspire to bring our traditional regression results into violation of the strict assumptions underlying the standard linear regression model. Thus, when analyzing spatial data, it is paramount, first, to know how seriously the assumptions of the regression model are violated, and, second, what to do about it. This short course will provide a brief orientation to these important issues. Two analysis software packages will be used: OpenGeoDa and R. Instructor: Paul Voss.


  • To register, click: here

    Davis 3010
    September 17, 2014 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    September 24, 2014 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    October 01, 2014 2:15 PM - 4:00 PM
    October 08, 2014 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    October 15, 2014 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    October 22, 2014 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    Introduction to ArcGIS Software

    Philip McDaniel
    This course will provide an overview of ArcGIS software to beginners. Data resources from the UNC Libraries will be introduced, and the core functionality of the software will be demonstrated and explored with hands-on exercises.

    Registration is not required.


    Davis 219
    September 18, 2014 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    October 09, 2014 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    Census/GIS Course

    Philip McDaniel
    Davis 219
    October 03, 2014 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

    Survey Research

    Designing Multi-Item Scales

    Robert Devellis
    This course provides in introduction to developing instruments with multiple items to measure a single construct. Examples include measures of various social and psychological variables that might be assessed in health, marketing, journalism, or other research areas. Participants will also be encouraged to suggest content areas for discussion. After a brief theoretical introduction, we will turn to practical issues such as when a multi-item scale is (or isn’t) appropriate, determining the number and content of items in the scale, what type and how many response options should be offered, whether scales should include both “negative” and “positive” items, whether the parts of a subscale should be grouped or scattered, and other common concerns in scale development. Dr. DeVellis will use real-life examples to demonstrate the scale development process. There will be ample opportunity for questions and discussion.

    To register, click here


    Registration Fees:

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

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

    Davis 219
    9/4/14 1pm-5pm

    The Analysis of Clustered Data

    Georgiy Bobashev
    This short course is aimed at the audience of statisticians and analysts who have to analyze data with cluster-correlated outcomes. The course will describe complex concepts such as GEE and HLM in plain terms with simple examples (e.g., based on three observations), and provide intuitive understanding of the basics principles behind the methods for analyzing correlated continuous and categorical (mostly binary) data. The course will explain the difference between population averaged and cluster-specific (hierarchical) models and the basics of generalized estimating equation (GEE) methods. The definition of clusters is very broad and covers primary sampling units such as neighborhoods, schools, hospitals, as well as individuals when multiple measures are taken for the same individual or entity.
    The course assumes that the students are familiar with the basics of statistical analysis (e.g., general concepts of maximum likelihood, weighted vs. unweighted estimates). Because of the time limitation we will not discuss specific software code

    Registration Fees:

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

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

    To register, click here

    Davis 219
    9/17/14 9am-5pm

    Introduction to Focus Groups

    Emily Geisen and Amanda Wilmot
    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

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

    To Register, click here


    For more information, please contact Jill_Stevens@unc.edu.
    Davis 219
    10/23/14 9am-5pm

    Inferential Issues in Web Surveys

    Mick Couper
    There are many different ways that samples can be obtained for online surveys. These include open invitation surveys of volunteers, intercept surveys, opt-in or access panels, Amazon’s Mechanical Turk, Google Consumer Surveys, list-based samples, and the like. In most cases, the goal is to make inference to some large population. The different approaches to selecting samples and inviting respondents to complete a survey vary in their inferential properties. Threats to inference include sampling error, coverage error, and nonresponse error. In addition to selection methods, a variety of adjustment methods, such as weighting, propensity score adjustment and matching, are being used to mitigate the risk of inferential errors. The course will focus on the assumptions behind the different approaches to inference in Web surveys, the benefits and risks inherent in the different approaches, and the appropriate use of a particular approach to sample selection in Web surveys. The course has a conceptual rather than statistical focus, but a basic understanding of statistics will be helpful. This course is suitable for people who are considering conducting a Web survey for data collection or analyzing data from an existing Web survey.

    Registration Fees:

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

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

    For more information, please contact Jill_Stevens@unc.edu.
    Davis 219
    11/13/14 9am - 5 pm

    Introduction to Survey Management

    Lisa Thalji
    This course will focus on the application of project management principles and techniques to the management of survey research projects. At the conclusion of the course participants will have a basic understanding of:
    * The principles of project management as applied to survey research
    * How to plan a survey project
    * How to implement the plan and manage the work
    * How to manage the project budget
    * How to manage the project contract

    The course will cover a broad range of survey management topics, including: proposal preparation, Work Breakdown Structures, Gantt charts, organization charts, staffing, budgeting, management tools to monitor the work, earned value analysis, and types of survey contracts. Course participants will receive a workbook containing all material presented in class.

    Registration Fees:

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

    This course will count as 7.0 CPSM short course credit hours.
    For more information, please contact Jill_Stevens@unc.edu.
    Davis 219
    11/20/14 9am - 5pm

    Statistical Computing

    SPSS

    Brooke Magnus

    Part 1 of the course will offer an introduction to SPSS and teach how to work with data saved in SPSS format. Part 2 will demonstrate how to work with SPSS syntax, how to create your own SPSS data files, and how to convert data in other formats to SPSS. Part 3 will teach how to append and merge SPSS files, demonstrate basic analytical procedures, and show how to work with SPSS graphics. Please bring a flashdrive to class.

    Registration is not required.

    Click here for course handouts: Handout 1 ; Handout 2 ;Handout 3


    Davis 219
    September 10, 2014 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
    September 11, 2014 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
    September 12, 2014 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

    Introduction to R for Social Scientists

    Mark Yacoub
    This is a two-day course on R, an open-source programming language for statistical analysis and graphics. It provides the analyst with a wide variety of tools commonly used in statistical modeling with more flexible, objected-oriented facilities than other programs like Stata or SAS. This course is designed for those with little or no R experience. It will cover basic syntax and data loading, model estimation, loading and using written packages (including a sampling of popular packages), graphical presentation of model results, and Monte Carlo simulation. After completing the course you will know enough to be able to (1) conduct a typical statistical analysis for your own research and (2) search for the things you don't know in an efficient manner.
    Registration is not required.
    Davis 3010
    September 15, 2014 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
    September 16, 2014 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM

    Other

    Introduction to Census Concepts

    Michele Matz Hayslett
    Do you know that variables like income and educational attainment are no longer part of the decennial census? Do you understand the differences between the decennial long form methodology and that of the American Community Survey (ACS)? If your answer to these questions is no, please attend this class before coming to the data access classes on the 25th since this information is critical to being able to pull the data you need. We will compare and contrast content and methodology of the decennial census long form and the ACS, and review Census terminology and geographies.
    Lecture and Discussion - 2 hours

    To register, click here

    Davis 214
    9/23/14 9am - 11am

    Basic Census Data Access

    Michele Matz Hayslett
    Hands-on workshop to help users understand the strengths of various Census data retrieval tools, both freely available ones and those to which the library subscribes: American FactFinder, the Census Bureau’s freely available database; the Summary File Retrieval Tool, the Bureau’s free tool for accessing small geographic level ACS data; Social Explorer, a commercially licensed tool to which the library subscribes; and the grant-supported (so, free to you) National Historical Geographic Information System (NHGIS). These tools provide access to pre-constructed data tables published by the Census Bureau. Some are better for the most recent data and others are useful for historical data. Come learn how to choose the best tool for your research, and the ins and outs of each tool. Hands-on - 3 hours

    To register, click here

    Davis 3010
    9/25/14 9am - 12pm

    Advanced Census Data Access

    Michele Matz Hayslett
    Hands-on workshop to help users understand the strengths of various Census (and other survey) data retrieval tools which allow the creation of custom cross-tabulations (that is, custom data tables). Tools to be covered include: DataFerrett; iPUMS/TerraPopulus (in beta); and the Triangle Census Research Data Center (TCRDC). The first two tools are freely available and focus on census data (U.S. for DataFerrett; international for iPUMS/TerraPopulus); researchers must apply to the Census Bureau (or other federal agency, e.g., the Centers for Disease Control) for access to the TCRDC in order to utilize survey microdata. TCRDC staff will present this portion of the class. Hands-on - 3 hours

    To register, click here

    For more information, please contact Jill Stevens.
    Davis 3010
    9/25/14 1pm - 4pm

    Introduction to LaTeX (Two-day course)

    Mark Yacoub
    This is a two-day course on LaTeX, an open-source markup language/document preparation system widely used in academia to produce high-quality typesetting. In addition to producing beautiful-looking documents, slideshows, and posters, LaTeX can make many features of the manuscript-writing process--the bibliography, insertion of figures and tables, and all those requirements that the Graduate School or journals require--quick and easy. This course is designed for those with little or no LaTeX experience. It will cover basic syntax, loading and using written packages (including a sampling of popular packages), graphics, style files, creating a bibliography, making slide shows and posters, and integrating LaTeX and output from statistical software like R or Stata.

    After completing the course you will know enough to be able to (1) pronounce "LaTeX" correctly, (2) create a basic document, slideshow, or poster, and (3) search for the things you don't know in an efficient manner.

    Registration is not required.
    Davis 3010
    October 07, 2014 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
    October 09, 2014 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM

    Causal Inference

    Pushpendra Rana
    This short course will provide a brief orientation to the counterfactual-based inference in observational studies where treatment assignment is non-random. The course will seek to answer causal questions such as “what is the impact of a single intervention A, such as a new climate change policy, on a single outcome Y, such as carbon emissions?”

    Counterfactual analysis of causation does not require full specification of all causes and only require data to be balanced with respect to treatment (intervention) assignment. Randomization of the treatment assignment is expected to exclude all alternative causes and balance potential confounders to establish secure causal claims with certainty. However, in field observation studies (mostly in social or medical sciences), randomization is very difficult to achieve due to the non-experimental nature of the treatment where treatments are observed rather than assigned. In such studies, matching based methods are now widely used to invoke randomization and to make causal claims.

    Morning session will focus on conceptual understanding of the counterfactual-based causal inference and afternoon computer practical will include step-by-step implementation of one of the matching methods – propensity score matching – in R. After completing the short course, you will know enough to (1) explain counterfactual conception of causal inference and (2) conduct a propensity score matching for your own research. Some basic knowledge of regression (linear and logistic) and R would be highly beneficial.

    Registration will open 60 days before the course. If you have questions, please contact Jill_Stevens@unc.edu.
    Davis 3010
    November 07, 2014 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM