1392.0 - Statistical News SA, Jun 2009  
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Training Calendar

To assist in developing statistical expertise, the ABS can provide training courses to your staff. Our training programs are conducted by ABS staff with expertise in designing questionnaires, analysing data and managing the survey process. Courses can be tailored to meet the specific needs of your organisation, for example using South Australia-specific information, with the aim of upskilling people in the access, use, interpretation and collection of statistical information.

The ABS also provides regular seminars and information sessions which may focus on statistical developments, publications, trends or issues. The following training is currently scheduled for the Adelaide (SA) office

Making Quality Informed Decisions

Date: 23/09/09

Duration: 1 day

Description: This course introduces the concept of 'holistic quality' through the use of a data quality framework. The framework ensures that users of statistics are able to assess whether the statistics are fit for their intended use. This course will provide participants with an increased understanding of:
  • how to set up a quality framework;
  • risk management in making statistical decisions;
  • how to assess datasets in the context of data need; and
  • using information on data quality to make better informed decisions.

Who should attend: This course would useful for anyone who uses statistics in decision making, or is involved in producing statistics and wants to ensure that statistics are used appropriately.

Cost: $450 (inc. GST)
Turning Data into Information

Date: 11/11/09 - 12/11/09

Duration: 2 days

Description: This course in intended to provide skills in interpreting, communicating and displaying data clearly and effectively. Participants will gain skills in transforming data into meaningful written information, particularly in respect to social policy issues. At the completing of this course participants will be able to:
  • understand how the collection and compilation of data affects their usefulness, quality and relevance;
  • communicate results and prepare written reports;
  • construct clear tables and graphs; and
  • recognise possible pitfalls in analysis

Who should attend: This course will be most beneficial to people who need to use data to produce reports or social commentary, or people who are involved with monitoring and evaluation in a social context.

Cost: $750 (inc. GST)
Further details of training courses and registration forms can be found on the ABS web site (select 'Services' and then 'ABS Training'). The web site also provides information about other training courses that the ABS can present, courses that are scheduled in other states and territories, and on-line training courses. If you or your colleagues are interested in any courses that have not been scheduled in Adelaide, or you are interested in arranging tailored training packages, please contact the Statistical Consultancy Unit on (08) 8237 7555.