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September 2018

Basics of multilevel modeling: handling grouped data in research and evaluation

September 27 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
$225

A 6-hour workshop taught by Paul D. Umbach, Ph.D. Register Overview This workshop provides the basics of multilevel modeling, focusing on practical applications rather than statistical theory. Researchers and evaluators from a range of disciplines often collect data that have a hierarchical structure. Students are nested within schools (and/or classrooms), employees are nested within firms, and multiple test scores are nested within students. One consequence of this nested structure is that observations are not statistically independent, thus violating a basic assumption of standard analytical…

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October 2018

Logistic regression: Analyzing binary outcomes

October 1 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
$175

A 4-hour workshop taught by Stephen R. Porter, Ph.D. Register Overview Many outcomes in education are binary in nature: accept or decline an offer of admission, pass or fail a course, persist to another year or stop out. Logistic regression, rather than multiple regression, is the standard approach to analyzing discrete outcomes. This workshop will train participants in applying logistic regression to their research, focusing on 1) the parallels with multiple regression, and 2) how to interpret model results for a…

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Regression discontinuity designs for evaluating programs and policies

October 2 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
$175

A 4-hour workshop taught by Brad Curs, Ph.D. You may also be interested in our propensity score analysis workshop. Register Overview This workshop provides an introduction to the practical application of regression discontinuity design in evaluating programs and policies. Regression discontinuity (RD) is an observational research design which can be used to make causal inference of program effects in non-experimental situations. Regression discontinuity is applied when program treatments are allocated based upon a pre-determined rule. For example, if a remediation intervention is…

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Introduction to matching and propensity score analysis

October 11 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
$225

A 6-hour workshop taught by Stephen R. Porter, Ph.D. You may also be interested in our introduction to binary logistic regression class. Register Overview Propensity score analysis (also known as “matching”) is a popular way to estimate the effects of programs and policies on outcomes. Yet researchers face a dizzying array of choices, in terms of particular matching techniques to use, as well as many different options for implementing a specific technique. This workshop provides a concise introduction to matching for the…

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Writing and evaluating good survey questions

October 16 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
$175

A 4-hour workshop taught by Paul D. Umbach, Ph.D. Register Overview Writing good survey questions can be very difficult. This workshop will give participants a solid practical foundation in how to write good survey questions. The purpose of this workshop is to arm you with the knowledge to develop valid and reliable questionnaires by looking at approaches for developing survey questions and methods for evaluating them. As survey researchers, it is difficult to be certain that respondents interpret your questions exactly as you…

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Handling missing data: Multiple imputation for the applied researcher

October 18 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
$175

A 4-hour workshop taught by Ryan S. Wells, Ph.D. You may also be interested in our increasing web survey response rates workshop. Register Overview Item-missing data is a serious concern for any quantitative researcher. Survey participants regularly skip questions, and administrative data is often incomplete. But what do to about this issue is not always straightforward. Researchers often analyze only complete cases (listwise deletion) or they impute missing information using means or regression analysis. These approaches can lead to biased estimates and artificially small standard…

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Increasing web survey response rates: What works?

October 23 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
$175

A 4-hour workshop taught by Paul D. Umbach, Ph.D. Register Overview Are you getting low response rates when you conduct web surveys? This workshop provides valuable information about how to increase web survey response rates. The purpose of this class is to arm you with the knowledge and range of techniques researchers suggest increase web survey response rates. We examine the heuristics people use when deciding to participate in a survey and answer survey questions and explore ways to increase the likelihood…

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December 2018

Focus groups for qualitative research and program evaluation

December 6 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
$225

A 6-hour workshop taught by Julie Posselt, Ph.D. Register Overview Focus groups are ideally suited to gather individual perspectives and explore areas of shared and divergent understanding in a structured format. Lessons learned through focus group can provide a useful complement to other types of data in mixed and multiple method projects. More than nice conversations, they present unique design, logistic, analytic, and ethical challenges that warrant careful consideration before jumping in. This six-hour workshop situates focus groups within a broader…

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