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Government Statistical Department, St. Lucia - Institutional Strengthening Programme

Objectives

  • To introduce participants to the social research process with special emphasis on survey data collection, measurement issues and the role of statistics in social analysis.

  • To ensure that participants develop a conceptual understanding of a range of measures and indicators that are commonly used.

  • To reinforce participants' knowledge about the different methods of presenting and interpreting data in tabular and graphic formats.

  • To enhance participants' capacity to use data entry software (IMPS) as a tool in the organization, management and manipulation of databases using data from surveys, censuses and archival sources.

  • To increase participants' level of understanding of the theoretical bases underlying commonly used descriptive and inferential statistical processes that inform decision-making in social research settings.

  • To improve participants' analytical and interpretive skills in relation to commonly used descriptive and inferential statistical processes that inform decision-making in social research settings.

  • To empower participants in a manner that would enable them to use SPSS to undertake statistical analyses and interpret ensuring results, both of which are deemed to be essential processes in survey research processing and analysis.

Target Group

Professional Staff - Government Statistical Department - St. Lucia.

Year/Period

July/August, 2000

Lead Facilitator

Dr Godfrey St. Bernard

Topics Covered

  • The Role of Statistics in the Research Process
  • Data Collection and Processing.
  • The measurement Process.
  • The Presentation of Statistical Information - Tabular and Chart format
  • Descriptive measures
  • Elements of Database Development
  • Introduction to IMPS
    • Development of IMPS Dictionary
    • IMPS Application, Data entry using IMPS
    • Utilities and Data Analysis Using IMPS
  • Introduction to SPSS
    • Developing a SPSS System File-Syntax and Commands
    • SPSS File Transformation
    • SPSS Analysis
    • Normal Distribution Theory and Application
    • The Logic of Hypothesis Testing.
  • Introduction to Multiple Regression Analysis
    • Logistic Regression Analysis
    • Partial Correlation Analysis
    • Factor Analysis and Reliability.

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