ISSR Methodology Workshop | An ISSR Crash Course in SPSS

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Monday, February 10, 2020 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
E20 Machmer Hall | UMass Amherst

Instructor: Q. McLamore

Took SPSS once in a Stats class and forgot how to do it later? Learned how to use R-Studio, SAS, or STATA, but your advisor and/or collaborators use SPSS and put all your data in a .sav file? Never learned syntax for SPSS, but want to know how to talk to this program? Or do you just want to get a back-to-basics refresher on how to do some basic analyses in SPSS? If the answer to any of these questions is “yes,” this workshop is for you.

In this two-hour workshop, we will revisit the basics of how to manage data and conduct analyses in SPSS. We will cover t-tests, linear regressions, correlations, ANOVAs/ANCOVAs, chi-squared tests, and binary logistic regressions. Perhaps more importantly, we will discuss how to manage data, set exclusion criteria, and the basic structure of syntax commands in SPSS, as well as what online resources are available to help you out of a jam if you get stuck or confused. No prior SPSS experience is needed, but it is helpful. 

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Manage your data in SPSS (know what variable codes are and what numbers mean what, and how to exclude participants from analysis)
  2. Conduct basic inferential and descriptive analyses in SPSS
  3. Understand what SPSS syntax looks like and the basic syntax format
  4. Have a feel for what SPSS output looks like and how to read it