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Methodology Seminars

In addition to the series of workshops offered each summer through its Summer Institute, the CRF Methodology Program offers ad hoc seminars throughout the academic year. The ad hoc seminars provide a training opportunity for UMass Amherst faculty and graduate students, helping transform their research using innovative methodologies and best practices, while learning from other scholars across a variety of social and natural science disciplines.

Upcoming Seminars Fall 2019

Item Response Theory (IRT) Seminar

Friday, November 15 - W.E.B. DuBois Library, Room 720 1:30-3:30 pm

Assessing the properties of survey questionnaires is a critical aspect of research in social sciences

Join CRF Methodology Staff Joel Ginn for a seminar to learn how Item Response Theory (IRT) can help you design valid questionnaires. The seminar will involve an hour lecture followed by an hour of hands-on statistical practice. A sample data set and worksheet will be provided. All analysis will be done in the R software package. 

Please bring a computer with R downloaded


Instructor Joel Ginn, CRF Methodology Consultant

 Joel Ginn is a Methodology
Consultant for CRF. He is a
Social Psychology Ph.D.
student in the Peace and
Violence program at UMass

Register Here!


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