May 6-10, 2019: SBSRC Interdisciplinary Workshop Series

May 6-10, 2019: SBSRC Interdisciplinary Workshop Series

Prem S. Paul Research Center at Whittier, Room 152

 The Interdisiciplinary Workshop Series provides opportunities to focus on your research design and analysis skills in three unique workshops.  Registration is limited and prepayment is required for each workshop in the series. 

Monday, May 6th, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Practical Tools for Nonresponse Bias Studies - Kristen Olson

This course is designed to help researchers design and conduct nonresponse bias studies. Practical tools are described and examples are used to illustrate methods that can be used to conduct these studies, including use of benchmark comparisons, frame and external data, nonresponse follow-ups, and methods using data collected while monitoring nonresponse during data collection (i.e., paradata). The advantages and disadvantages of these methods are presented, and the value of having multiple approaches is highlighted. The need to devise strategies for nonresponse and for its analysis in the planning stage, prior to completing the survey are emphasized. Survey researchers in any discipline and in many sectors (government, business and academia) who want to learn methods for diagnosing the risk of nonresponse bias in important survey estimates should take this course.

$50 Attendance Fee | Registration/prepayment required | Limited to 25 attendees

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Tuesday, May 7th, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Introduction to Social Network Analysis - Jeffrey Smith

This class offers a one-day seminar on network analysis. Network analysis has experienced a dramatic increase in popularity over the last 15 years, with network techniques utilized by a wide range of academic disciplines (including sociology, anthropology, physics, biology, computer science, economics, political science, etc.) as well as by some of the most successful companies in the world. Network analysis is a unique approach as the focus is on the relationships connecting actors, rather than on the properties of the actors themselves. This workshop will cover the theoretical, methodological and substantive underpinnings of network analysis and then offer an introductory tutorial in R. The R tutorial will cover basic data management, network construction, plotting and simple measures. Participants are required to bring a laptop in order to practice using R.

$50 Attendance Fee | Registration/prepayment required | Limited to 25 attendees

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Thursday - Friday, May 9th - 10th,  9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day

Conducting Successful Mail and Web Surveys - Jolene Smyth

This two-day workshop, jointly sponsored by SBSRC and BOSR, will focus on how to design questionnaires and implementation materials for self-administered mail and web surveys.  The course will include an overview of sources of survey error and cover topics such as writing nominal, ordinal, and open-end questions; visual design of questionnaires; design considerations specific to mail and web surveys; designing mixed-mode surveys; and designing implementation materials (i.e., recruitment letters, emails, etc.).  Empirical evidence and examples will be provided, and participants will apply what they learn through several activities. 

$100 Attendance Fee | Registration/prepayment required | Limited to 25 attendees

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