Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - 9:00am to 4:30pmMAXQDA Data Analysis Workshops, May 2020 via Zoom

Qualitative and Mixed Methods Research Interest Group Presents:

MAXQDA  DATA  ANALYSIS  WORKSHOPS: Wednesday, May 13th, 2020

SBSRC, the QMM Research Interest Group and presenters Michelle Howell Smith from the MAP Academy and Tim Guetterman of Creighton University are teaming up to offer you two MAXQDA workshops this May.  Due to social distancing recommendations, we will be offering these tutorials through Zoom only.  Registration is required by May 8th and any questions can be addressed to

Dr. Timothy Guetterman, Associate Professor at Creighton University, teaches mixed methods workshops globally.

Dr. Michelle Howell Smith, Educational Researcher and Assistant Professor, Interprofessional Academy of Educators, University of Nebraska Medical Center, specializes in mixed methods research designs. 


Morning Session:  MAXQDA for Beginners,  9:00 a.m. ~ 12:00 p.m.

Afternoon Session:  Advanced MAXQDA,  1:30 p.m. ~ 4:30 p.m.

Costs for Presenter Fees, Register Here by May 8th:  MAXQDA Registration

Student:  $30 for one course, $50 for both

Faculty:  $40 for one course, $75 for both

Non-University of NE: $50 for one course, $90 for both

Location: Zoom

Friday, October 11, 2019 - 12:00pmSBSRC Faculty Writing Group Mini-Retreat

The SBSRC Writing Group hosted a mini-retreat open to social and behavioral scientists interested in working on writing.

The SBSRC-hosted writing group meets EVERY Friday at 10 a.m. at the NIC Mill. Join Lisa PytlikZillig and other social and behavioral scientists in this mentoring opportunity. All are welcome!

Sponsor: SBSRC

Location: The Mill at Nebraska Innovation Campus

Monday, September 30, 2019 - 11:30amInnovations in QMM Research Methods I

The Qualitative and Mixed Methods Research Interest Group is an interdisciplinary effort that brings together researchers to discuss these research methods, coordinate activities, and identify collaborative opportunities.

This event was an informative brown-bag methods workshop.

More info here: 

Sponsor: SBSRC, QM&M

Location: Nebraska Union: Regency B

Friday, September 13, 2019 - 3:30pmMulticulturalism & Migration Group Meet and Greet

The M&M group is a group of scholars who have research interests relating to Multiculturalism and Migration. The group started a couple of years ago (see for a listing of researchers) with some assistance from the Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Consortium (SBSRC).

September’s “Meet & Greet” (in person and zoom options will be available) brought together old and new M&M members to share introductions and discuss the activities that will facilitate our group’s ability to collaborate for grants and on research, and share information across research groups and campuses.

If you are interested in being part of the M&M group, please visit the link below and give us your information.

Sponsor: SBSRC

Location: Whittier Building: Room 344A

Friday, August 2, 2019 - 10:00amSBSRC Faculty Writing Group

The SBSRC-hosted writing group meets EVERY Friday at 10 a.m. at the NIC Mill. Join Lisa PytlikZillig and other social and behavioral scientists in this mentoring opportunity. All are welcome!

Sponsor: SBSRC

Location: The Mill at Nebraska Innovation Campus

Monday, July 1, 2019 - 8:00amREDCap Launch

Back by popular demand, SBSRC once again facilitated REDCap software access for UNL researchers through our MERC Service Center.

REDCap (Research Electronic Data Capture) is a secure web application for building and managing online surveys and databases. Originally created at Vanderbilt University, it is now shared with local partners around the globe. REDCap can be used to collect virtually any type of data, it is specifically geared to support online or offline data capture for research studies and operations.


Location: SBSRC/MERC

Monday, May 6, 2019 - 9:00am to Friday, May 10, 2019 - 5:00amMay 6-10, 2019: SBSRC Interdisciplinary Workshop Series

The Interdisiciplinary Workshop Series provided opportunities for participants to focus on research design and analysis skills in three unique workshops.  

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

Practical Tools for Nonresponse Bias Studies - Kristen Olson

This course was designed to help researchers design and conduct nonresponse bias studies. Practical tools were described and examples were 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 were presented, and the value of having multiple approaches was highlighted. The need to devise strategies for nonresponse and for its analysis in the planning stage, prior to completing the survey were emphasized. Survey researchers in any discipline and in many sectors (government, business and academia) who wanted to learn methods for diagnosing the risk of nonresponse bias in important survey estimates were encouraged take this course.

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

Introduction to Social Network Analysis - Jeffrey Smith

This class offered 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 covered the theoretical, methodological and substantive underpinnings of network analysis and then offered an introductory tutorial in R. The R tutorial covered basic data management, network construction, plotting and simple measures. Participants were required to bring a laptop in order to practice using R.

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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, focused on how to design questionnaires and implementation materials for self-administered mail and web surveys.  The course included an overview of sources of survey error and covered 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 were provided, and participants applied what they learned through several activities. 

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Sponsor: Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Consortium; Bureau of Sociological Research

Location: Whittier Building: Room 152

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 3:00pm to 4:30pmMar. 28, 2019: Interdisciplinary Research Conversation: “Data and Policymaking”

During this event in our Interdisciplinary Research Conversation series, we discussed using quantitative data to understand and inform policymaking. Co-hosted by the NU Public Policy Center (PPC) and the Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Consortium (SBSRC), “Data and Policymaking” was held on March 28, 2019 at the Mill on Nebraska Innovation Campus (NIC).

Community stakeholders and researchers from across the NU campuses and beyond met to connect and discuss collaboration on their work in regards to data and public policy. Our presenters provided a short, informal overview of their work or interest in the topic, followed by questions and discussion among attendees regarding how the presented work might relate to their own.

IRCs provide informal, low-effort, low-commitment opportunities for people from different disciplines to meet around a common research theme, topic, or call for proposals. They allow researchers to learn who else is doing related research across disciplines, and what they are doing. SBSRC facilitates the logistics of Interdisciplinary Research Conversations (for free!) as part of its mission to connect faculty and bring researchers together. We can work with individuals, centers, and departments to create and host or co-host IRCs and adapt them to specific needs. Contact Lisa at if you are interested.

If you attended our event, please take this survey. Your answers will help us improve future efforts. 

Sponsor: NU Public Policy Center, SBSRC

Location: Nebraska Innovation Campus Conference Center Room: The Mill Coffee & Bistro

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pmMarch 13, 2019: CBPR Best Practices

In the second session in our Interdisciplinary Brown Bag Series on Community-Based Participatory Research,  we discussed best practices. This conversation included a broad look at data management plans, research ethics and human subjects protections, IRBs, designing the study to serve the interests of researcher and community, and more.

For the last session in this series, join your colleagues at noon on April 10th to share your experiences with Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR). The sessions will be held in the UNL City Campus Union; please bring your lunch!

Files and Resources:

View a Zoom recording of the workshop

Dr. Dan Hoyt, Director of SBSRC, talks about community empowerment and building a study that relies on the respective expertise of the researcher and community partners. "Hire from within the community as much as possible and provide research training to community members," Dr. Hoyt suggested. 

Attendees discuss their own experiences and challenges with designing a study that builds in the respective expertise of both the researcher and the community partners.
Dr. Hoyt leads a discussion on community readiness and the occasional need to engage in preliminary community awareness work.


Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 12:00pmFeb. 18, 2019: Grant Writing Workshop

On February 18, 2019, Dr. Dan Hoyt of SBSRC presented an overview of opportunities and support for external grant support in the social and behavioral sciences. He introduced a new SBSRC initiative for identifying and developing grant teams. The session also served as a preliminary foundation in preparation for participation in the ORED grant writing workshop planned for later in the Spring semester.

The session addressed these broad questions:
·         What kinds of external grant opportunities exist for social and behavioral science faculty and graduate students?
·         What supports are available for identifying grant opportunities?
·         What supports are available at UNL for building grant teams?
·         How does grant funding work at UNL?  (GRA funding, course releases, summer salaries, etc)
Dan Hoyt, Director of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Consortium, presented several funding opportunities available at UNL for supporting grant development, including grant and award support from the Office of Research & Economic Development (ORED).
Lisa Pytlik Zillig, Assistant Director of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Consortium, discusses research mentoring and training opportunities for faculty and graduate students.

Sponsor: SBSRC

Location: Georgian Room, Nebraska Union