1304.5 - Stats Talk WA (Newsletter), May 2006  
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About ABS Training Courses

New course coming soon...

Making Quality Informed Decisions
Understanding quality issues associated with using data sources is important for effective policy-based decision making. This one-day course uses a combination of theoretical instruction and group exercises to illustrate the fundamentals of data quality assessment and focuses on making informed policy-based decisions. It is suitable for people who analyse and use data from a wide range of sources or wish to improve the quality of their organisation's data collections. It covers:

  • using a quality framework to determine data needs in the context of policy decision making;
  • evaluating the quality and limitations of data sources; and
  • applying risk management concepts to making informed decisions.

Turning Data Into Information
This two-day course develops skills in transforming data into meaningful written information, including:
  • understanding how the collection and compilation of data affects its usefulness, quality and relevance;
  • understanding various statistical techniques for use in data analysis;
  • communicating results and writing effective reports; and
  • constructing meaningful tables and graphs.

The course is best suited to people involved in using data to produce reports or social commentary, or with analysing and describing data that has been collected in surveys or through administrative processes.

Using SuperTABLE
This half-day computer-based workshop aims to provide participants with the skills to use this powerful software for manipulating multi-dimensional ABS datasets (data cubes). SuperTABLE software is used to create tables that can be easily converted to Excel format. As the ABS is progressively releasing more data in SuperTABLE format, users of data cubes will need to be familiar with SuperTABLE. This workshop will equip participants with the skills to:
  • access SuperTABLE;
  • create basic tables; and
  • manipulate data.

This course would be useful for ABS data cube users, especially WA Government employees with access to ABS@, who have little or no experience with SuperTABLE.

For further information about any of these courses, or ABS Statistical Training in general, please contact Jenny Gaudie on (08) 9360 5848 or email: jennifer.gaudie@abs.gov.au