Practical Data Analysis

Recommend course:


This eight session course picks up where Using Data leaves off to enable you to do your own analysis. It will also help you better understand the analysis done by others so it can inform your own work or so you can play the increasingly important role of data translator within your organisation.

Who should attend:

This course is intended for people who:

  • need or want to use data as part of their job, and 
  • have done the Using Data course (or have equivalent knowledge), but 
  • have not had formal statistical training (or have forgotten what they learned if they did).

Learning objectives:

  • Understand what analytical techniques are appropriate in a given situation based on the objective and available data. 
  • Learn to use the analytical features in Excel and get experience using statistical software.
  • Be able to execute various forms of data analysis independently. 
  • Deepen awareness of some of the issues to consider when working with data.

Course outline:

Session 1:

  • Introduction
  • Analysis of qualitative data

Session 2:

  • Quantitative data analysis preparation

Session 3:

  • Differences in means and proportions

Session 4:

  • Associations and predictions

Session 5:

  • Experiments

Session 6:

  • Data analysis software

Session 7:

  • Factor and cluster analysis

Session 8:

  • Descriminant analysis
  • Logistic regression
  • Wrap-up

Course format:

This is an eight half-day session course with gaps between the sessions to enable participants to apply what they have learned in the previous session before attending the next session. Each session will involve a combination of lecture, group discussion, and hands-on activities.

Participants can choose to use their own data for the activities, but data will also be provided for those who don’t have their own or don’t want to use it. 


Mary Ellen Gordon

Further details:
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Customised workshops: 
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