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ABS Training: Turning Data Into Information


The course aims to equip participants with a range of statistical tools & techniques for understanding and analysing data in the context of a research objective.

At a very broad level, the course aims to enhance participants’ ability to:

    • understand the research topic in its broadest context and identify the specific research question/objectives;
    • understand data, its scope and limitations;
    • understand strengths and weaknesses of various analytical techniques; and
    • apply appropriate techniques to the available data in order to draw out the story and extract meaningful information from it.
The course will concentrate on how to choose a statistical technique that gives greatest insight into the data. During this process, the focus will be on the application of these techniques and not on the techniques themselves.

The course covers statistical writing to a limited extent, and course activities do provide some opportunities to apply the principles of good statistical writing.

Structure of SessionsActivity-based class room training.

Duration2 days

Who should attendThe course is for those who are required to undertake analytical work to input to informed decision-making. It assumes knowledge of basic statistical concepts such as mean, median and mode and if the audience need to familiarise themselves with these concepts, they are recommended to undertake the Analysing Survey Data Made Simple course which covers these concepts in greater detail.

Course outcomesOn completion of the program, participants will have developed an understanding of how to:

    1. Define a research question/issue clearly (module 1)

    2. Use some basic statistical summary measures, graphs and tables to understand and describe the data (modules 2 to 5)

    3. Build expectations of the data (module 6)

    4. Extract information from data using some specific tools & techniques (module 7)

    5. Recognise possible pitfalls in analysis (module 8)

    6. Use the analysis to tell a story (module 9)

Course contents

Cost$1,080 (inc GST) per person

When is this course run?For scheduled training courses see the ABS Training Calendar. We can also run the course in your organisation if you have sufficient numbers.

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Further information & registrationsPlease get in touch with the ABS Training Contact in your State/Territory.

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