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Registration is now open for the following WISERD training events that will be taking place in Bangor during May.

1 May 2019: Mixed Methods: Paradigms, principles, and practicalities

14 May 2019: Using the WISERD DataPortal as a data discovery tool for research

20 May 2019:Programming and coding in SpSS and Stata

21 May 2019: Data visualization using Stata

Wednesday 1st May - Mixed Methods  

This half day workshop for researcher lead by Professor Martina Feilzer, Bangor University, will provide hands-on advanced engagement with matters related to mixed methods research (MMR). It will discuss the paradigms underpinning MMR, outline some of the principles to be considered –research design, triangulation, analyses – and provide an opportunity to use a mixture of quantitative and qualitative data to explore the advantages and limitations of MMR.

The workshop is designed for PhD students and ECRs who are working with mixed data sources, as well as those who are considering the mixing of data sources.

The discussion of data analyses, triangulation, etc. will be illustrated by using interview and survey data as well as contextual data – familiarity with SpSS would be an advantage.

The aims of the workshop are:-

  • To introduce participants to the value of mixed-methods research
  • To introduce participants to the paradigms underpinning mixed-methods research
  • To outline considerations in designing mixed methods research, analysing and triangulating data from quantitative and qualitative data sources
  • To offer participants the opportunity to use quantitative and qualitative data
  • To increase participants’ awareness of the advantages and limitations of mixed methods research

Martina’s paper on pragmatism and MMR has been widely cited across a range of disciplines and she regularly reviews papers and research based on mixed methods research.

Feilzer, M.Y. (2010). Doing mixed methods research pragmatically – implications for the rediscovery of pragmatism as a research paradigm. Journal of Mixed Methods Research, Vol 4(1), 6-16

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Tuesday 14th May - Using the WISERD DataPortal as a data discovery tool for research

This half-day workshop will introduce the WISERD DataPortal – a free tool to help researchers find and access data related to Wales. The training is for post-graduate students, researchers or professional practitioners, such as policy makers or third sector workers.

The DataPortal allows users to discover and visualise (in the form of maps) data from a wide variety of disciplines, including health, education, language, employment, socio-economic and demographic data. Data sources include the Office of National Statistics (e.g. Census 2011), the Welsh Government, bespoke surveys, and data collected by University researchers on funded projects.

Learn how to: 

  • Use the DataPortal to find research data
  • Access and map social and economic data freely accessible from UK and Welsh governments
  • Map your own data from spreadsheets and combine it with other data to identify patterns

 The session will include case studies illustrating how others have used the DataPortal to inform their research. You will work through a range of scenarios where the DataPortal may prove useful, and have the opportunity to explore the DataPortal for yourself.

Bring your own data

You may bring your own data with you, although this is not a requirement. Data should be in the form of a spreadsheet and contain geographic identifiers (e.g. postcodes or geographic area names/codes).

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Monday 20th May - Programming and coding in SPSS and Stata

These two half-day workshops for researchers are led by Dr Martijn Hogerbrugge , Cardiff University. Participants can attend either or both sessions, and need to register for each

Workshops are aimed at researchers who:

Use SPSS, but have thus far only relied on its point-and-click interface

Wish to make the step from SPSS or Excel to Stata when visualizing quantitative data

Morning workshop (three hours)

We will introduce the SPSS syntax code and focus on creating and recording data, performing basic analyses, and using SPSS ‘do repeat’, ‘loop’ and ‘vector’ commands to perform repetitive processing.

Afternoon workshop (four hours)

The equivalent Stata/.do syntax codes for creating and recoding data will be introduced, and useful commands not available in SPSS will be highlighted. The three key programming constructs for repetitive processing will be discussed.

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Tuesday 21st May -  Data visualization using Stata (Bangor)

This one-day course is led by Dr Martijn Hogerbrugge , Cardiff University and will provide an in-depth overview of Stata's powerful graphing capabilities.

 As this workshop will rely heavily on the use of Stata’s .do files, participants who have not used Stata before are encouraged to attend the workshop lectured the day before.

 Data visualization examples will be demonstrated for a variety of data structures. By the end of this course, you will be able to produce informative, robust, and complex graphs using reproducible routines

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Publication date: 22 March 2019