MERC Trainings


Merc offers training courses for a nominal fee on various methodological, analytical, and evaluation related topics.  Training modules that are currently available focus on data collection, data analysis, and logic model development; however, new trainings continue to be developed to meet requested needs.

The data collection training covers methods of data collection, sources of information, and choosing and writing questions. Participants are encouraged to bring a current project to apply what is learned with assistance from the training staff.

The quantitative data analysis training utilizes a hands-on approach to cover different statistical analysis for different quantitative data types. The training shows users how to use PivotTables in Excel to conduct their analysis and to display their data. We ask participants to being their own laptops, and we provide a dataset and step by step manual (for both PC and Mac) that we guide you through.

The qualitative data training addresses data collection and analysis of qualitative data. Participants learn how to collect qualitative data using interviews, focus groups, observations, and more. The training also guides participants through the process of coding and analyzing qualitative data using hands-on exercises applying different methods of coding and analysis.

The logic model training is offered as a traditional logic model training, or is also offered as a culturally appropriate circular logic model training. The training shows participants how to complete a logic model, including inputs, outputs, and outcomes. Participants are encouraged to bring a current project to apply the training materials to their real world examples during the exercises.


The modules range from 3-5 hours each, but can be modified to meet client needs. If you would like to discuss or schedule a training class from us, please contact us at or (402) 472-7670.


Feedback from our training evaluations:

“Did a really good job presenting on something that can be sometimes overwhelming or unappealing to learn about. Very easy to follow with laid back humor made the presentation easy to follow. I learned (honestly) more than I anticipated and enjoyed learning about better ways to collect data successfully. Thank you!”

“It was really a great training! Actually learned something I can do! Great job!”

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