STATA Course 2018
July 30 – August 10, 2018 | University of Ghana, Legon
This short course will introduce participants to the statistical analysis of demographic, economics, and health datasets, using Stata, a leading statistical software. Samples of data from the most recent rounds of the Ghana Living Standards Survey (GLSS) and the Ghana Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) will be used to illustrate various ways of managing and analysing data.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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
All applications must be received by June 22, 2018. Notification of acceptance will be sent by July 6, 2018.