Gentle Introduction to Statistical Analysis for Evaluation using SPSS and R

Getting to know the value of statistical software for improving your evaluation practice

SocietyM at CitizenM hotel London Bankside, 20 Lavington Street London, SE1 0NZ, United Kingdom.

This workshop will provide you with an initial introduction to statistical analysis and the most widely used analytics tools, such as SPSS and R. This introduction will help you get started regardless of whether you have any previous training in statistics (so don’t be scared).

The workshop covers the following topics:

  • Introduction to key principles of statistical analysis
  • Examples of statistical analysis from evaluation projects
  • Basic introduction to the statistics software packages R (free, open source) and SPSS (commercial product offered by IBM)
  • How to use SPSS and R to analyse your evaluation data using descriptive statistics

You are encouraged to bring your own data and computer with you to this workshop so you can practice with direct and experts support. By the end of this workshop, you will be able to use the appropriate statistical analysis in order to report on your data, which will make your quantitative research and evaluations more readable and robust.

Benjamin K. Smith University of California Communication Researcher

Benjamin Smith is a researcher at the University of California-Santa Barbara's Department of Communication and Orfalea Center for Global & International Studies. He is an experienced social research expert, specialising in quantitative methods, marketing and market research. He has consulted as a statistics expert on numerous evaluations including the Manchester Science Festival in the UK.

His recent research has focused on quantitative research methodology in the context of big data and public attitudes measurement, including publications in journals such as Public Understanding of Science and Public Opinion Quarterly. His previous degrees are in communication and public relations. While broadly focused on public opinion and mass media, Benjamin's research has covered a wide variety of theoretical and contextual ground. His research has ranged from developing a synthesized model for predicting U.S. elections, based in part on Wikipedia page views, to a critical review of the UK's 2015 Public Attitudes to Science survey. In addition to his ongoing research related to science and political communication, Benjamin currently leads the Media Constructions of Terrorism project at the Orfalea Center, exploring the media's role in constructing public understandings of terrorism and extremism.

Latent Variable Modeling
Mixture Modeling
Network Analysis
Content Analysis
Survey & Experimental Design
Public Opinion
Forecasting

Participation notes

8 September 2017, 13:30 to 17:00 (arrivals from 13:15) NOTE: For detailed guidance about the full range of evaluation methods, please consider the online course Public Engagement Evaluation.

Location

SocietyM at CitizenM hotel London Bankside, 20 Lavington Street London, SE1 0NZ, United Kingdom.

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Benjamin K. Smith
Benjamin K. Smith

Benjamin Smith is a researcher at the University of California-Santa Barbara's Department of Communication and Orfalea Center for Global & International Studies. He is an experienced social research expert, specialising in quantitative methods, marketing and market research. He has consulted as a statistics expert on numerous evaluations including the Manchester Science Festival in the UK.