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The Management and Analysis of Data for Social Science and Other Research

STATA Course 2018

July 30 – August 10, 2018  |  University of Ghana, Legon

Structure of course

The course runs from Monday July 30 through Friday August 10, 2018, with Saturday and Sunday free. Mornings would be devoted to guided hands- on data analysis in a computer lab using Stata, with exercises and informal instruction in the afternoons. A high ratio of instructors to trainees provides each participant with individual support. Exercises promote practice in analysing data to answer policy- relevant questions in demography, economics, governance, health, among others.

Target audience

The two-week course is designed to serve a wide range of participants, including researchers, policymakers, students, analysts from private companies, government ministries, departments, and agencies, as well as staff from NGOs. Participants should have some prior training in statistics and be comfortable working with computers. It is, however, not necessary to have some prior experience working with Stata or other statistical packages.

Instructors

This course is supported by the African Social Research Initiative (ASRI), which is part of the University of Michigan’s African Studies Center. The course has been planned to include instructors from the University of Ghana, the University of Cape Coast, the University of Michigan (USA), and the University of Cape Town (South Africa).

Applications

The application process is competitive and enrolment is limited. Participants will be selected on the basis of their interest, prior methodological training, and potential for research contributions.

Cost

Accepted participants will be required to pay a registration fee of 2,000 Ghana cedis or 500 US dollars.

The course package includes the provision of course notes, lunch, snack, and a certificate. All participants are, however, responsible for their own housing and transportation. Fee discounts are available for a limited number of full- time postgraduate students.

Applications must include

  • A completed application form (Word document)
  • A brief cover letter (max 1 page) summarizing interests and objectives
  • A letter of reference from an adviser or supervisor
  • A CV

Applications may be sent by email to: Derek Asuman: dkasuman@outlook.com; Tel: 020 795 8187

For enquiries about the course, please contact: Louis Boakye-Yiadom at Louisby@gmail.com;  Tel: 024 177 2092

~ This course is supported by the African Social Research Initiative ~

Past Training Summary — University of Ghana, Accra, Ghana

July 24-August 4, 2017

Course Outcome 2017

This year’s ASRI Stata course has come to a successful completion. The two-week training programme on the use of Stata, a leading software for econometric and statistical analyses, was held from July 24 to August 4 at the University of Ghana.

This year’s course was the fifth to be held at the University of Ghana. There were 18 course students and a team of 8 resource persons. The course students included graduate students, staff of the Bank of Ghana (Ghana’s central bank), and two participants who reside outside Ghana (Nigeria and the USA). The resource persons for the course comprised persons affiliated to the University of Ghana, the University of Cape Coast, and the University of British Columbia. The training focused mainly on data management with Stata, and the analysis of survey datasets. By courtesy of ASRI, course participants received licenses for Stata 15 (latest version of the software), for which they were very thankful. The course participants were also presented with certificates of participation. Notably, the number of course students this year was much lower than what we have generally had over the past four years, and this was largely due to the increase in the course fee and the low patronage of participants with sponsorship from corporate organizations. As might be expected, the low level of patronage put a significant strain on the course budget. In spite of these challenges, the course was held without any major hitch, and the participants found the training very useful.

July 18-29, 2016

Course Outcome:  The two-week training programme on the use of Stata, a leading software for econometric and statistical analyses, was held from July 18 to July 29 at the University of Ghana.

The participants, numbering 38, included University faculty, graduate students, officers from Ghana’s Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development, Ministry of Roads and Highways, and National Communications Authority. The instructors for the training comprised researchers and academics from the University of Ghana, the University of Cape Town (South Africa), and the University of Cape Coast (Ghana). The training focused mainly on data management with Stata, and the analysis of survey datasets with the software. By courtesy of ASRI, course participants received licenses for Stata 14 (latest version of the software), for which they were very appreciative. The course participants were also presented with certificates of participation. Judging by views expressed by the participants, the two-week training was very successful.

July 20-31, 2015

Lead Instructors: David Lam, Murray Leibbrandt

Assistants: Derek Asuman, George Asare

Facilitators: Abena Oduro, Nkechi S. Owoo, Louis Boakye-Yiadom, William Baah-Boateng

Participants: Joseph Wilson, Frederick Kofi Entsil Abban, Tijani
Shaibu, Samuel S. Aholu, Jones Obeng, Zinabu Sahabi, Emefa Modey, Emmanuel Kofi
Owusu, Ernest Berko, Josephina Adei Kotei, David Kwame Darko, George
Owusu-Ansah Amoah, Emmanuel Yeboah, Daniel Sakyi Asiedu, Mushin Issah, Morgan
Odame Danso, Abdul Malik Iddrisu, Bernice Owusu-Brown, Millicent Otopabea Awuku,
Emmanuel A. Ayimpusah, Dede W.A. Gafa, Ekua S. Appiah, Sheila Agyemang, Osei
Richard Bofah

July 21-August 1, 2014

Lead Instructors: David Lam, Murray Leibbrandt

Additional Resource Persons and Instructors: George Asare, William Baah-Boateng, Louis Boakye-Yiadom, Clare Hofmeyr, Monica Lambon-Quayefio, Abena D. Oduro, Emmanuel Larbi Offei, Hope Thompson

Course Content:

  • Data Ethics, Accessing Datasets, and Introduction to Stata
  • Overview of data structure and data measurement types
  • Accessing datasets from the web and data transfers
  • Introduction to Stata
  • Descriptive Statistics Using Census Data
  • Further Descriptive Statistics Using GLSS data
  • Introduction to DHS data and Demographic Statistics
  • Introduction to Least Squares Regression Analysis
  • Managing Datasets: appending, merging, collapsing, and perhaps reshaping
  • Poverty and Inequality Analysis
  • Logit and Probit regressions

Participants: Richard Acheampong, Labour Research and Policy Institute, Ghana Trades Union Conference (TUC); Kwabena Adu-Ababio, University of Ghana; Abena Afriyie, Ghana Trades Union Conference (TUC); Foster Aboagye; Akilagpa; Elizabeth-Nancy Amoyaw, Ministry of Finance, Ghana; Betty-Ann Ananeh-Frempong, Economics Department, University of Ghana; Thomas Padi Appai, RIPS, University of Ghana; Sarah A. Ampeah Asante, Ministry of Finance, Ghana; Desmond Edem Anthonio, Computing Systems, University of Ghana; Prince Asafu-Adjaye, Ghana Trades Union Conference (TUC); Nicholas Ashiabi, ISSER, University of Ghana; Erick Asuman, Ministry of Finance, Ghana; Edna Baffoe-Bonnie, Ministry of Finance, Ghana; Rexford Kwesi Ellis, Ministry of Finance, Ghana; Gyamfi, Ministry of Finance, Ghana; Kwame Asumang-Sakyi Gyesaw, Ministry of Finance, Ghana; Abdul-Fatawu Z. Hakeem, Ministry of Finance, Ghana; Bright Kojo; Divine Kwaku Kutortse, Ministry of Finance, Ghana; Manueli; Delali Ama Mawusi, Ministry of Finance, Ghana; Robert Mensah, Ministry of Finance, Ghana; Joseph Dery Nyeadi, Wa Polytechnic; Roland Oduro; Ofori, Ministry of Finance, Ghana; Gilbert Onesimus Otchere, Ministry of Finance, Ghana; Yeng Saanchi, Statistics Department, University of Ghana; Samuelina Siipara Arthur, INDEPTH Network; Sawyerr, Ministry of Finance, Ghana; Mary Torgbe, Labour Research and Policy Institute, Ghana Trades Union Conference (TUC); Tsikata, Ministry of Finance, Ghana; Margaret-Ann Wilson, Ministry of Finance, Ghana

July 22-August 2, 2013

Participants: Alice Constance Abakah, Accra Polytechnic; Severin Dzifa Abonie, Animal Biology and Conservation Science, University of Ghana; Charity Fafa Ackuaku, Economics; Beverly Nana Adwoa Acquah, National Service Personnel, University of Ghana; Innocent Sefa Agbelie; Felix Agyei-Sasu, ISSER; Seth Agyemang, KNUST; Jesse Tetteh Akwetey, Ministry Of Finance and Economic Planning (MOFEP); Ralph Kwame Akyea, Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital; Amoah Amankwah, Ghana Tourism Authority; Samuel Kotei Amon, School Of Public Health, University of Ghana; Richard Clottey Anang, UDS; Derek Asuman; Kwasi Awuah-Werekoh, Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA); Millicent Otopabea Awuku, Economics; Dadson Awunyo-Vitor, KNUST; Zinzi Jonathan Ayitey, KNUST; James Ayittey, SRID/MOFA; Benedict Nii Laryea Calys–Tagoe, Medical School (UG); Ibrahim Chikowe, University Of Ghana; Edith Essie Clarke, Ghana Health Service; Philip Asirifi Cobbina, Business School, Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA); Daniel Yaw Fiaveh, Cegensa; Richard Frempong; Abel Fumey, Departmenht of Economics, University of Ghana; Kelly Kwasi Gidiglo , SRID/MOFA; Henry Hanson, Kumasi Centre For Collaborative Research In Tropical Medicine; Issahaku Haruna, University for Development Studies (UDS); Sandra Kesse-Amankwa, NDPC; Kwadwo Sarfo Marfo, Kumasi Centre For Collaborative Research In Tropical Medicine; Mary Mpereh, National Development Planning Commission; Eric Odei, Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital; William Odoi, Centre for Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Services (CERGIS); Deda Ogumalangea, School Of Public Health, University of Ghana; Francis Okyere, National Vocational Training Institute; Constance Afra Opoku, Tamale Teaching Hospital; George Owusu, Centre for Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Services (CERGIS); Phans Oduro Sarpong, MVR AGOGO; Frederick Asafo-Adjei Sarpong, Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA); Emmanuel Sarpong-Kumankoma, Business School, University of Ghana; Gerald Albert Baeribameng Yiran, University of Ghana

Past Training Summary — University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast, Ghana

July 9-20, 2012

Course Facilitators: Arden Finn, University of Cape Town; David Lam, University of Michigan; Eugene Darteh, University of Cape Coast; Johannes Norling, University of Michigan; Joshua Amo-Adjei, Department of Population and Health, University of Cape Coast, Ghana; Joshua Sebu, Department of Economics, University of Cape Coast, Ghana; Kofi Awusabo-Asare, University of Cape Coast; Murray Leibbrandt, University of Cape Town; Samuel Kobina Annim, University of Cape Coast

Participants: Raymond Aborigo, Navrongo Health Research Centre; Ayo Stephen Adebowale, University of Ibadan, Nigeria; Chukwuedozie Ajaero, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria; Abigail Amarteifio, University of Cape Coast; Dickson Amugsi, Navrongo Health Research Centre; Ernest Asante, University of Cape Coast; Olusina Bamiwuye, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Nigeria; Sixtus Dery, Ghana Statistical Service, Cape Coast, Ghana; Eugenia Donkoh, University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast, Ghana.; Andrews A. Druye, Department of Nursing, University of Cape Coast; Foster Frempong, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana; Edna G. Johnny, University of Liberia; Senorita Kafui, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Cape Coast-Ghana; Albert Justice Kwateng, DAPQA, University of Cape Coast; Precious Mattah, University of Cape Coast; Matthew K. Nkrumah; Chinwe Nwanna, Sociology Department, University of Lagos, Akoka, Yaba, Lagos; Abraham Rexford Oduro, Navrongo Health Research Centre; Hannah B. Taylor-Abdulai, Accra Polytechnic, Accra – Ghana; Julius Maks M. Zaney, University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast, Ghana.; ;

July 11-20, 2011

Sponsors: University of Cape Coast Population and Health Department; University of Cape Town Southern African Labour and Development Research Unit (SALDRU); University of Michigan African Studies Center, Population Studies Center

Instructors: Samuel Kobina Annim, Univ. of Cape Coast, Dept. of Economics; Cally Ardington, University of Cape Town, SALDRU; Murray Leibbrandt, University of Cape Town, Dept. of Economics and SALDRU; David Lam, University of Michigan, Dept. of Economics and Population Studies Center

Facilitators: Joshua Amo-Adjei, UCC; Halley Crissman, UM; Eugene Darteh, UCC; Rob Garlick, UM/UCT; Clare Hofmeyr, UCT; Akwasi Kumi-Kyereme, UCC; Rebecca Metz, UCT; Johannes Norling, UM; Zoe van der Hoven, UCT; Laura Zimmermann, UM

Course Content:

  • Statistical methods
    • Descriptive statistics, cross-tabulations
    • Multiple regression analysis
    • Analysis of poverty and inequality
    • Modeling survey design
  • Substantive topics
    • Education, wages, returns to schooling
    • Fertility, infant mortality
    • Child and adult health, BMI
    • Income distribution and poverty
    • Regional differences in outcomes

Data Sets Used: 2000 Ghana Census, Ghana Demographic and Health Surveys, Ghana Living Standards Surveys

Patricipants: Acheampong Patricia, Afriyie Lucy, Agyaho John, Agyei-Baffour Peter, Akazili James, Akoto-Bamfo Gloria, Akpakli Jonas, Amewu Christopher, Ameyaw Edmund, Amuzu-Pharin Anthony, Andoh Paul, Osei-Akoto (Ani) Abena, Antwi-Bosiakoh Thomas, Anum Jacqueline, Arhin Bernard, Atuahene Kyeremeh, Ayete Michael, Badu-Gyan Georgina, Bessah David, Boateng Emmanuel, Darko Joseph, Doh Daniel, Dzah Francis, Eliason Sebastian, Esia-Donkoh Kobina, Folson Gloria, Geegbae Geegbae, Geraldo-Acolatse Jane, Gyakobo Mawuli, Gyamfi Sylvester, Gyebi Godwin, Hewlett Sandra, Iddrisu Mutaru, Kangoye David, Krakah Anthony, Koranteng Adofo, Mensah Francis, Misefa Yaw, Nakua Emmanuel, Nartey Edmund, Nguah Samuel, Nyarkoh-Larbi Francis, Ocran Ebenezer, Opoku Emmanuel, Owusu Kagya (Johnson), Peprah Peter, Salifu Amadu, Seidu Omar, Setorglo Jacob, Som Charles, Togoh Gershon, Umuhera Braimah, Woode Sarah, Yankson Isaac, Yawson Edwin, Zandoh Charles, Thompson Francisca