Announcing Special "Reading Week" Methods Workshops on SPSS and Interviews/Focus Groups

Special “Reading Week” workshops are being offered by the Laurier Summer Institute of Research Methods (LSIRM), a collaboration organized by the Laurier Centre for Community, Research, Learning and Action (CCRLA) and the Laurier Institute for the Study of Public Opinion and Policy (LISPOP).

Workshops are open to everyone.

Effective Interviews and Focus Groups

Tuesday, Feb. 21: 9:00am to 4:00pm
CCRLA (K214 – 232 King St. North, Waterloo ON)

Interviews and focus groups are the most common methods of data collection used in qualitative research. This 1-day course provides a detailed overview of both approaches: their benefits and challenges, how to prepare, effective types of questions, key skills involved, and how to create a protocol for the interview. This is an introductory course with an applied focus meant for those who are new to conducting individual or group interviews. Participants will have opportunity to practice new knowledge and skills through role-play in small groups.

Introduction to SPSS

Thursday, Feb. 23: 9:00am to 5:00pm
Bricker Academic, Room BA-113, Waterloo Campus

This workshop is ideal for anyone working, or planning to work, with survey data. No background in research methods or statistical analysis is required. This workshop introduces basic skills in data analysis using SPSS. The day will mix discussion of statistical analysis principles (e.g. variables, formulating hypotheses, levels of measurement, univariate statistics, bivariate statistics, etc.) with hands-on training. By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to import data into SPSS, recode variables, generate tables, and execute some basic descriptive analysis.

Fee for either workshop: $250 (regular) / $225 (graduate students).

Space is limited. Interested participants should contact Sue Weare, Associate Director of the CCRLA, at sweare@wlu.ca

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