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Qualitative Research Design: Considerations and Tensions

May 12, 2014 - 9:00am to May 13, 2014 - 2:00pm
W32 Machmer Hall

Veteran qualitative researchers discuss challenges and opportunities as they arise in designing thoughtful and responsive research; considering purpose, context, potential participants and ethics; modifying the initial design based on emerging understandings of the context; and the conceptual and epistemological assumptions and their implications.

Applied Regression with R for Social Science Researchers

May 19, 2014 - 9:00am to May 20, 2014 - 3:00pm
W37E Machmer Hall

R is a free, open source programming language that gives empirical researchers a powerful set of tools for regression analysis. Workshop participants will learn how to import and export data, perform exploratory data analysis, run multiple regressions, conduct hypothesis testing, and estimate fixed and random effects models in the R environment.

Modeling Emergence: Computer Simulation of Social Dynamics

May 21, 2014 - 9:00am to May 23, 2014 - 12:00pm
720 W.E.B. Dubois Library

This workshop will allow participants to understand some of the goals and methods of social simulation, give them hands-on experience in experimenting on theoretical models, and point them to resources to begin using these tools in their own work. Applications will include social networks, organizations and population health models.

Web Scraping for Text Analysis in R

May 27, 2014 - 10:00am to May 28, 2014 - 5:00pm
W37E Machmer Hall

Social science researchers are often interested in retrieving data from the internet. Often, this can be accomplished using so-called "web-scraping" techniques. This course introduces the statistical programming language R, then demonstrates techniques for web scraping using R. Finally, tools for analyzing text data in R will be presented.

Making Your Research Matter Outside of Academia

May 29, 2014 - 9:30am to May 30, 2014 - 4:30pm
919 Thompson Hall

Increasingly, scholars are interested in having their research make an impact in public debates and social policy. However, most of us have not developed the skills or networks to do so. This workshop, presented with the Public Engagement Project, will help participants gain communication and networking skills that will enable them to engage strategically and effectively in public settings while also thriving in academia.

Using MTurk and Qualtrics for Social Science Research

June 5, 2014 - 10:00am to June 6, 2014 - 5:00pm
E10 Machmer Hall

This workshop is an introduction to MTurk and its utility in facilitating social science research. Participants will learn how to screen data collected from MTurk samples and learn the basics of how to create online surveys and experiments in Qualtrics, an online survey tool that can be used in conjunction with MTurk.