Description of Courses

Course Date: July 18-19

Days: M-T (1:00pm-5:00pm)

This short course will offer a very practical introduction to data gathering geared at social scientists and survey researchers.  This course begins with an overview of web scraping discussing some basic technical jargon, types of web data and various methods for scraping.  The course also includes a discussion and illustration of Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) use for gathering web data when they are available.   Some websites are designed to be easily accessible by web crawlers or scraping algorithms while others require much more advanced, custom programming.  And some web data can be accessed using an API that is provided by the website.    In this course we will illustrate how participants can discern these differences as well as presenting several motivating examples of the various ways web scraped data can be used throughout a study’s lifecycle from design to calibration to analysis.  We provide an extensive introduction to a suite of freeware programs that allow virtually syntax free, but customizable, web scraping capabilities.  We contrast this type of gathered data access to APIs for some websites like Zillow or Twitter and discuss pros and cons of using web scraping or APIs to gather this type of web data. The course concludes with specific focus on the import.io tool where we demonstrate its capabilities and provide several, hands-on practical examples for participants to begin scraping several websites of increasing complexity.  We will also illustrate API calls in R for Zillow, the Census and others as time permits.

 


.5 course hours
Instructor: Trent Buskirk
Prerequisite: Having a trial Octoparse account set up (this is a 14 day free trial so please plan to have the license active during our course). Details can be found here: https://www.octoparse.com/ - click on Try free for 14 days.

Course Date: July 20-22

Days: W-F (1:00pm - 5:00pm)

The amount of data generated as a by-product in society is growing fast including data from satellites, sensors, transactions, social media and smartphones, just to name a few. Such data are often referred to as "big data", and can be used to create value in different areas such as health and crime prevention, commerce and fraud detection.  An emerging practice in many areas is to append or link big data sources with more specific and smaller scale sources that often contain much more limited information.  This practice has been used for some time by survey researchers in constructing frames by appending auxiliary information that is often not directly available on the frame, but can be obtained from an external source.   Using Big Data has the potential to go beyond the sampling phase for survey researchers and in fact has the potential to influence the social sciences in general.  Big Data is of interest for public opinion researchers and agencies that produce statistics to find alternative data sources either to reduce costs, to improve estimates or to produce estimates in a more timely fashion. However, Big Data pose several interesting and new challenges to survey researchers and social scientists among others who want to extract information from data. As Robert Groves (2012) pointedly commented, the era is “appropriately called Big Data and not Big Information”, because there is a lot of work for analysts before information can be gained from “auxiliary traces of some process that is going on in society.”

This course offers participants a broad overview of big data sources, opportunities and examples motivated within the survey and social science contexts including the use of social media data, para data and other such sources.  This course also offers a detailed, practical introduction to four common machine learning methods that can be applied to big and small data alike at various aspects of a study’s lifecycle from design to nonresponse adjustments to propensity score matching to weighting and evaluation and analysis.  The machine learning methods will be demonstrated in R and we will provide several different examples of using these methods along with multiple packages in R that offer these methods.

 


.5 course hours
Instructor: Trent Buskirk
Prerequisite: Basic proficency in R (i.e. how to load a package, launch it and basic R syntax knowledge)

Course Date: June 6-July 29

Days: M-W-F (10:00am-12:00pm)

This course provides practical methods and tools to analyze complex survey data with a hands-on introduction to the use of specialized statistical software procedures. The course focuses on case studies with specific large-scale national surveys: the National Comorbidity Survey-Replication (NCS-R), the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys (NHANES), and the Health and Retirement Study (HRS). Relevant design features of the NCS-R, NHANES and HRS include survey weights that take into account differences in probability of selection into the sample and differences in response rates, as well as stratification and clustering in the multistage sampling procedures used in identifying the sampled households and individuals. After introducing essential concepts related to complex sample designs, the course will turn to the construction of survey weights, estimation of sampling variance, descriptive analysis, regression analysis, and finally special topics in the analysis of survey data. Participants can expect to work on homework exercises, computer lab exercises, and a final analysis project.

Why take this course? 

  • To gain an understanding of modern methods and software for the secondary analysis of survey data collected from large complex samples
  • To have the opportunity for one-on-one interaction with the instructors when walking through analyses of survey data
  • To see various examples of applied statistical analyses of survey data
  • To have the experience of writing a scientific paper that presents an analysis of complex sample survey data, and getting expert feedback on that paper


3 course hours
Instructors: Brady T. West, Yajuan Si
Prerequisite: Two graduate-level courses in statistical methods, familiarity with basic sample design concepts, and familiarity with data analytic techniques such as linear and logistic regression.
Textbook Information: Applied Survey Data Analysis-ISBN 9781498761604

Course Date: September 7 ~ October 5

Days: W (10:00am – 12:00pm)

Social scientists are increasingly interested in machine learning methods to glean scientific knowledge and actionable insights from designed and gathered data. Implementing machine learning, however, requires users to have programming skills. This can be a daunting challenge for many non-tech savvy researchers. This course aims to guide social scientists to explore how machine learning can be used for their research without learning how to code. This course uses a graphical user interface tool Orange to provide learners with hands-on experiences in implementing machine learning techniques including data cleaning, visualization, and fine-tuning of algorithmic models. The open-source tool Orange is built on popular Python packages, providing basically the same functions and performances as many data scientists would obtain by writing complicated code. The course demonstrates that researchers can utilize the power of machine learning without learning how to code and focus more on machine learning concepts and best practices as well as analytical model development and validation.


1 course hours
Instructor: Jinseok Kim
Prerequisite: You must have your own laptop or desktop with Orange installed to participate in this class. For installation instruction of Orange, see https://orangedatamining.com/
Location: remote

Course Date: December 5-7, 2022

Days: M-W (10:00am-4:00pm)

Cognition Data in the Health and Retirement Study (HRS) is a 3-day online (Zoom) workshop intended to give participants an overview of the cognition data resources in the HRS. In addition to presentations on data in the core and ADAMS, there will be a special focus on the Harmonized Cognitive Assessment Protocol (HCAP). HCAP was designed by the HRS team in consultation with several of its international partner studies to provide a flexible but comparable instrument for measuring cognitive function among older adults in the HRS and in studies around the world. Content lectures delivered by HRS co-investigators and content area experts will cover a range of topics including a survey of the full set of cognition measurement in the HRS, cognition data from the HRS core survey that can be used to create a classification of dementia status, data on biomarkers for Alzheimer’s disease, HCAP protocol content and administration, statistical harmonization of cognition measures across HCAP studies, and cross-national comparison cognition research. Data labs will focus on the HRS cognition data for longitudinal analysis, the Langa-Weir and Giantassio-Power dementia scores, and the Gateway to Global Aging project data, which harmonizes HCAP data across the international studies. The course is designed for those with experience using HRS data or for those who have taken the introductory HRS workshop. The data training portion assumes some familiarity with SAS or STATA.


Instructor: Amanda Sonnega
Location: remote via Zoom

Course Date: July 12-22

Days: T & F (11:00am - 1:00pm)

The recent proliferation of mobile technology allows researchers to collect objective health and behavioral data at increased intervals, in real time, and may also reduce participant burden. In this course, we will provide examples of the utility of and integration of wearables, sensors, and apps in research settings. Examples will include the use of wearable health devices to measure activity, apps for ecological momentary assessment, and smartphone sensors to measure sound and movement, among others. Additionally, this course will consider the integration of these new technologies into existing surveys and the quality of the data collected from the total survey error perspective. We will discuss considerations for assessing coverage, participation, and measurement error when integrating wearables, sensors, and apps in a research setting as well as the costs and privacy considerations when collecting these types of data. Participants will work in groups to discuss a research study design using new technology and have the opportunity for hands-on practice with sensor data.


1 course hours
Prerequisite: You must have your own laptop to participate in this class. 

Course Date: September 21-30, 2022

Days: W/F (11:00am-1:00pm)

The recent proliferation of mobile technology allows researchers to collect objective health and behavioral data at increased intervals, in real time, and may also reduce participant burden. In this course, we will provide examples of the utility of and integration of wearables, sensors, and apps in research settings. Examples will include the use of wearable health devices to measure activity, apps for ecological momentary assessment, and smartphone sensors to measure sound and movement, among others. Additionally, this course will consider the integration of these new technologies into existing surveys and the quality of the data collected from the total survey error perspective. We will discuss considerations for assessing coverage, participation, and measurement error when integrating wearables, sensors, and apps in a research setting as well as the costs and privacy considerations when collecting these types of data. Participants will work in groups to discuss a research study design using new technology and have the opportunity for hands-on practice with sensor data.


1.0 course hours

Course Date: July 25-29

Days: M-F (9:00am-1:00pm)

This one-week course introduces students to the design and implementation of online survey data collection instruments. The course is both hands-on and conceptual. It begins by discussing what is unique about web surveys and when their use is most appropriate, followed by an introduction to survey errors that can affect the quality of web survey data. Small groups of students will each develop a research problem and a questionnaire to address their problem, designed for online administration. They will pretest the question wording, program the questionnaire using a web survey development platform (no programming experience is required), and assess users’ (respondents’) experience while interacting with the web-based instrument. Students will also develop basic plans for data collection and analysis. Finally, each group will present its problem, online questionnaire, evaluation, and plans to the rest of the class.  

Why take this course?

· To gain an understanding of what should go into creating a web-based questionnaire

· To gain experience weighing the pros and cons of different web questionnaire features

· To gain experience building a web questionnaire on a standard platform

· To gain experience evaluating survey questions and their usability in an online questionnaire


1.5 course hours
Prerequisite: Some familiarity with survey research. Plans to use a web survey in a project is helpful but certainly not essential.

Course Date: July 18-21

Days: M-Th (8:30am-12:00pm)

Participants should have prior knowledge of question design before attending.

This course is designed to follow on from Introduction to Questionnaire Design. Now instead of looking at question comprehension from a cognitive side, the linguistic side will be explored including online tools. Factual questions will be revisited but with the goal of exploring different types of respondent memory problems and their solutions, while also covering time anomalies in surveys and quasi facts. Subjective questions will be revisited to understand attitude consistency and inconsistency, to look at the feasibility of changing attitudes to change behavioral intentions to change behaviors and to cover the popular topic of satisfaction and other customer experience metrics. Alternatives to questionnaires will also be covered such as event history calendars, internet enabled devices, factorial surveys and multi-item scales. The course concludes with ways to translate survey questions and evaluate the translation. The course will be interactive with the goal of making it as close to in-person training as possible. There also will be workshops throughout. Pamela is happy to chat with participants about their own questionnaires.


1 course hours
Instructor: Pamela Campanelli
Prerequisite: An introductory course in questionnaire design or equivalent experience.
Location: Live Online via Zoom
Textbook Information: All readings will be available on the course website.

Course Date: June 13-14

Days: M-T (9:00am-4:00pm)

This course introduces the skills needed to conduct focus group interviews. Students will learn about the critical components of successful focus group research. They will develop a plan for a focus group study and then practice key skills. Attention will be placed on recent developments in conducting virtual focus groups via Zoom. This course will be particularly applicable for those conducting focus group research in academic, non-profit, and government settings.

Course Topic

The course will cover these skills:

  • Conducting in-person and virtual focus groups
  • How to plan and design a focus group study
  • Identifying information-rich participants and getting them to show up
  • Beginning the focus group - the crucial first few minutes and moderating techniques
  • Developing questions—Characteristics of good focus group questions
  • Analyzing—Options for analysis

Course Format

The course will be presented on Zoom over a period of 2 days.

Why Take This Course?

Focus groups are used to understand issues, pilot test ideas, and evaluate programs. They also provide great insight when used in combination with surveys. Focus groups have been used to help design surveys, to pilot test surveys, and to understand survey findings. Take this course if you want to learn more about how focus groups might add to your research toolbox.


1 course hours
Instructor: Richard Krueger
Prerequisite: An introductory course in research methods or equivalent experience.
Textbook Information: Focus Groups: A Practical Guide for Applied Research-ISBN 9781483365244

Course Date: July 5-14

Days: T & Th (2:00pm-3:30pm)

This course will begin to empower students with an understanding of the importance and basic tenets of rigorous questionnaire design, as well as practice designing an appropriate instrument for a real world problem. Students will watch course videos independently, and work on a questionnaire for a topic of their choosing. Four live online meetings (Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2-3:30 PM EST) will take a workshop format where students will ask questions, share their own questionnaires in progress, and give feedback to classmates.


1 course hours
Instructor: Jessica Broome

Course Date: June 13-17

Days: M-F (9:00am-12:00pm)

This course covers the basic principles of survey design and methods and introduces the necessary components of a good quality survey.   The course employs the Total Survey Error framework to discuss sampling frames and designs, modes of data collection and their effects on survey errors, the cognitive processes involved in answering survey questions and their impact on questionnaire design, pretesting methods and post-data collection processing.  The goal of the course is to give an introduction to the skills and resources needed to design and conduct a survey


1 course hours
Textbook Information: Survey Methodology-ISBN 9780470465462 (Recommended only)

Course Date: June 6-10

Days: M-F (10:00am-3:00pm)

The Health and Retirement Study (hrsonline.isr.umich.edu) June workshop is intended to give participants an introduction to the study that will enable them to get started using the data for research. HRS is a large-scale longitudinal study with more than 20 years of data on the labor force participation and health transitions that individuals undergo toward the end of their work lives and in the years that follow. The workshop is now being offered at two levels: introductory and advanced/intermediate. The June workshop will be taught at the introductory level and is intended for users who have little to no experience using HRS data. The advanced/intermediate workshop will be offered each year in December. Please email the instructor if you have any questions about which course is appropriate for you.

The June workshop is offered online. Content lectures delivered by HRS co-investigators and content area experts on basic survey content, sample design, weighting, and restricted data files will be available on the course website for viewing ahead of time. During the week of the workshop, each content lecturer will participate in a Zoom meeting with the class to answer questions about their lecture. The majority of each day will be devoted to data labs in which participants will gain experience using the data, with a strong focus on introductory data management and simple data analysis.

The data lab portion assumes some familiarity with Stata. We will provide a temporary site license for Stata and an introductory Stata training module that participants can complete ahead of the workshop to be well prepared. The programming code for the labs will also be provided in SAS.


Instructor: Amanda Sonnega

Course Date: June 6-July 29

Days: T/Th (10:00am-12:30pm)

A fundamental feature of many sample surveys is a probability sample of subjects. Probability sampling requires rigorous application of mathematical principles to the selection process. Methods of Survey Sampling is a moderately advanced course in applied statistics, with an emphasis on the practical problems of sample design, which provides students with an understanding of principles and practice in skills required to select subjects and analyze sample data. Topics covered include stratified, clustered, systematic, and multi-stage sample designs, unequal probabilities and probabilities proportional to size, area probability sampling, ratio means, sampling errors, frame problems, cost factors, and practical designs and procedures. Emphasis is on practical considerations rather than on theoretical derivations, although understanding of principles requires review of statistical results for sample surveys. The course includes an exercise that integrates the different techniques into a comprehensive sample design.

Why take this course? 

  • To understand the basic ideas, concepts and principles of probability sampling from an applied perspective
  • To be able to identify and appropriately apply sampling techniques to survey design problems
  • To be able to compute the sample size for a variety of sample designs
  • To understand and be able to assess the impact of the sample design on survey estimates
  • To learn how to design and select a probability sample involving complex sampling techniques in a survey project, and receive expert feedback on a sampling report


3 course hours
Prerequisite: Two graduate-level courses in statistical methods.
Textbook Information: Survey Sampling-ISBN 9780471109495

Course Date: June 20-June 30

Days: M-F (1:00-3:00pm)

This course will focus on semi-structured, or in-depth, interviewing, with a brief introduction to other qualitative methods, including observation. Semi-structured interviewing is often most helpful in understanding complex social processes.  We will examine the goals, assumptions, process, and uses of interviewing and compare these methods to other related qualitative and quantitative methods in order to develop research designs appropriate to research goals. The course will cover all aspects of interviewing, including how to decide who to interview, how to ask good interview questions, and how to conduct successful interviews. Students will conduct interviews, and discuss the process and outcome of those interviews. We will examine the strengths and weaknesses of this methodology, particularly through discussion of some of the critiques of these methods.


1.5 course hours
Instructor: Nancy Riley
Textbook Information: Learning from Strangers: The Art and Method of Qualitative Interview Studies-ISBN 978-0684823126

Course Date: June 27

Days: M (9:00am-1:00pm)
This course will provide participants with an overview of the primary concepts underlying RSD. This will include discussion of the uncertainty in survey design, the role of paradata, or data describing the data collection process, in informing decisions, and potential RSD interventions. These interventions include timing and sequence of modes, techniques for efficiently deploying incentives, and combining two-phase sampling with other design changes. Interventions appropriate for face-to-face, telephone, web, mail and mixed-mode surveys will be discussed. Using the Total Survey Error (TSE) framework, the main concepts behind these designs will be explained with a focus on how these principles are designed to simultaneously control survey errors and survey costs. Examples of RSD in both large and small studies will be provided as motivation.  Small group exercises will help participants to think through some of the common questions that need to be answered when employing RSD. Not for academic credit. 

Course Date: June 30

Days: Th (9:00am-1:00pm)
Web surveys can be an inexpensive method for collecting data. This is especially true for designs that repeat measurement over several time periods. However, these relatively low-cost data collections may result in reduced data quality if the problem of nonresponse is ignored. This webinar will examine methods for using RSD to effectively deploy scarce resources in order to minimize the risk of nonresponse bias. Recent experiences with the University of Michigan Campus Climate Survey (UM-CCS), the National Survey of College Graduates (NSCG), and the Residential Energy Consumption Survey (RECS) are used to illustrate this point. These surveys are all defined by phased designs and multiple modes of contact. This approach improves survey outcomes, including response rates, representativeness, and cost by using alternative contact methods in later phases to recruit sample members from subgroups that were less likely to respond in earlier phases. These surveys demonstrate the benefit of RSD in web surveys across a variety of different samples sizes, and both small and large budgets and management teams. As a result, lessons from these experiences can be directly applied in many similar settings. Not for academic credit. 

Course Date: June 29

Days: W (9:00am-1:00pm)
This webinar will explore several well-developed examples of RSD. Dr. West will serve as a moderator of the webinar, and also introduce a case study from the National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG). The instructors will then provide independent examples of the implementation of RSD in different international surveys using face-to-face and telephone modes of data collection. All case studies will be supplemented with discussions of issues regarding the development and implementation of RSD. Case studies will include the NSFG, the Relationship Dynamics and Social Life (RDSL) survey, and the Netherlands Survey of Consumer Satisfaction, among others. This variety of case studies will reflect a diversity of survey conditions. The NSFG (West) is a cross-sectional survey that is run on a continuous basis with in-person interviewing. The RDSL (West) is a small-scale panel survey that employed a mixed-mode approach to collecting weekly journal data from a panel of young women. The Netherlands Survey of Consumer Satisfaction (Schouten) is a mixed-mode survey combining web and mail survey data collection with telephone interviewing. The National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health (AddHealth; Murphy) employs adaptive design in a longitudinal framework, using web, mail, telephone, and face-to-face modes of data collection.  The focus of the course will be on practical tools for implementing RSD in a variety of conditions, including small-scale surveys. Not for academic credit. 
Instructor: Brady T. West

Course Date: July 18

Days: M (9:00am-1:00pm)
This first webinar in a two-part webinar series on data visualization for production monitoring will cover basic concepts for the design and use of “dashboards” for monitoring survey data collection. We will begin with a detailed discussion of how to design dashboards from an RSD perspective. This will include concrete discussions of how relevant data may be collected and summarized across a variety of production environments. We will also discuss how these dashboards can be used to implement RSD interventions on an ongoing basis. Not for academic credit. 

Course Date: July 20

Days: W (9:00am-1:00pm)
This second webinar in a two-part webinar series on data visualization for production monitoring will demonstrate concepts from the first webinar using examples from actual dashboards. We will briefly explore methods for modeling incoming paradata in order to detect outliers. We will then consider practical issues associated with the development of dashboards, including software alternatives. Finally, we will demonstrate how to update dashboards using data reflecting the results of ongoing fieldwork. Participants will be provided with template spreadsheet dashboards for their own applications. Not for academic credit.  
Prerequisite: RSD Webinar: Data Visualization for Active Monitoring-Part 1

Course Date: July 13

Days: W (9:00am-1:00pm)
This first webinar in a two-part series on implementing interventions in a responsive design framework will discuss a variety of potential RSD interventions. Many of these have been implemented experimentally, and the course will include evaluations of those experiments. The importance of experimental evaluations in early phases of RSD will be discussed. Methods for implementing interventions will also be discussed, including implementation of experiments aimed at evaluating new interventions. Strategies for implementing these interventions with both interviewer-mediated and self-administered (e.g., web and mail) surveys will be discussed. Methods for the evaluation of the results of the interventions (experimental and otherwise) will be considered. These evaluations will include measures of both costs and errors. Not for academic credit.  
Instructor: Brady T. West

Course Date: July 15

Days: F (9:00am-1:00pm)
This second webinar in a two-part series on implementing interventions in a responsive design framework will walk participants through several real-world examples of interventions that have been applied to real surveys. Participants will also be able to work on small-group exercises designed to develop original interventions in different survey contexts. Not for academic credit.  
Instructor: Brady T. West
Prerequisite: RSD Webinar: Interventions in a Responsive Survey Design Framework-Part 1

Course Date: June 24

Days: F (9:00am-1:00pm)
This four-hour webinar will focus on the survey methodology topics most important for understanding the objectives of responsive survey design and its applications. One set of tools will focus on maximizing participation and minimizing attrition of survey participants.  Core survey methodology tools for encouraging participation will be featured.  These tools include incentives, tailoring refusal conversion, switching modes, and tracking strategies. A second set of tools will focus on measurement construction. These tools include mode options, questionnaire design issues, and special instruments (such as life history calendars) to minimize reporting error.  Each portion of the course will feature examples applying each specific tool to various real studies. Not for academic credit.
Instructor: Brady T. West

Course Date: June 20

Days: M (9:00am-1:30pm)
This is the first of two webinars that will introduce participants to a general framework for evaluating and maximizing data quality when working with data from a variety of different study designs. In this first webinar, we will introduce a general framework for evaluating total data quality (TDQ), considering concepts related to sampling, nonresponse, measurement, processing, and data analysis. We will then discuss how to apply this framework to different types of data sources, including designed data (such as surveys) and found / organic data (which arise following some organic process, e.g., consumer transactions), focusing on various metrics for evaluating total data quality. Not for academic credit workshop.  

Course Date: June 22

Days: W (9:00am-1:30pm)
This is the second of two webinars on the total data quality framework. In this webinar, we will continue our discussion on measuring total data quality. The focus will then turn to tools and techniques for maximizing total data quality (such as responsive and adaptive survey design for designed survey data, weighting approaches, and tools for repairing linkage error). We will present a series of examples considering data from real studies, where the concepts introduced will be applied to vet the total quality of the data sets analyzed. Small-group exercises will be used to give participants hands-on experience with applying some of the concepts discussed to assess data quality. Not for academic credit.
Prerequisite: RSD Webinar: Total Data Quality-Part 1

Course Date: June 13-24

Days: M-F (1:00pm-4:00pm)

This course is intended as an introduction to the science behind survey research and will be taught at an undergraduate level. Our primary reason for designing this course is to share our excitement about survey methodology as a research field. In this course, we focus on principles and theories as opposed to a strictly hands on approach to creating surveys. This approach to the study of surveys will allow you to apply the same methods to a very broad range of research topics, e.g., public opinion and politics, health, drug use, consumer behavior, customer satisfaction and market research among many others. In addition, the course will present basic statistical concepts and techniques in sample design, data collection, and reporting, as well as explanations of how error can be introduced into the survey process. At the end of this course, you will have a basic understanding of what needs to go into conducting a high-quality survey and will be exposed to resources that will allow you build on the knowledge of survey methodology you have learned in the course.


2 course hours
Instructor: Sunghee Lee

Course Date: June 6

Days: M (11:00 AM-2:00 PM)

International and comparative population research is a key cornerstone of population science and demography. International and comparative research is essential: 1. to learn the variations in population dynamics across different populations; 2. to predict the future of global population trends; and 3. to test hypotheses across widely varying context and determine the limits on forces producing population change. This five-day workshop on international and comparative population research begins with a review of the field and deep-dive into data creation for this science. Although students are encouraged to attend all 5 days of the workshop, students may attend any combination of the 5 days to meet their training needs. Each day of the workshop is structured as an independent, ½-day, short course. Chitwan Valley Family Study (CVFS) will be used as a featured example and compared to other international population studies as appropriate for the topics. The workshop will meet daily June 6 – June 10 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m, Eastern Standard Time. Support for this workshop is provided by NICHD (R25 HD101358).

Topics and Techniques in International Population Health: An Introduction and Overview

This is the first day of a 5-day workshop on international research using the Chitwan Valley Family Study (CVFS) as a featured case study. This overview course is designed to provide students with a general introduction to the field of international population research in lower- and middle-income countries (LMICs). The first segment will summarize key issues in the history of international and comparative population research. The overview will treat topics of both conceptualization and measurement. On the conceptualization side, the course will explain the fundamental issues around “Reading History Sideways” using Thornton’s seminal work on this topic as the basis for our presentation. On measurement, we will begin by a focus on the science of measurement across cultures and languages. The course will integrate human subject protections, state-of-the-art survey methodology, and connections across substantive foci in international population research. For more information on the Chitwan Valley Family Study (CVFS), visit: https://cvfs.isr.umich.edu/. Support for this workshop is provided by NICHD (R25 HD101358).

For funding information please visit,  https://cvfs.isr.umich.edu/news/

Instructor: William Axinn


Instructor: William G. Axinn

Course Date: June 8

Days: W (11:00 AM-2:00 PM)

International and comparative population research is a key cornerstone of population science and demography. International and comparative research is essential: 1. to learn the variations in population dynamics across different populations; 2. to predict the future of global population trends; and 3. to test hypotheses across widely varying context and determine the limits on forces producing population change. This five-day workshop on international and comparative population research begins with a review of the field and deep-dive into data creation for this science. Although students are encouraged to attend all 5 days of the workshop, students may attend any combination of the 5 days to meet their training needs. Each day of the workshop is structured as an independent, ½-day, short course. Chitwan Valley Family Study (CVFS) will be used as a featured example and compared to other international population studies as appropriate for the topics. The workshop will meet daily June 6 – June 10 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m, Eastern Standard Time. Support for this workshop is provided by NICHD (R25 HD101358).

This is the third day of a 5-day workshop on international research using the Chitwan Valley Family Study (CVFS) as a featured case study. This course will also use the Demographic and Health Surveys as a case example, and highlight other datasets that can be used in this type of research. This short course introduces students to the study of contextual influences on child health and well-being in international contexts, specifically lower- and middle-income countries (LMICs). After introducing essential concepts related to the study of family and community influences on children, the course will turn to an overview of international datasets for the study of child health and well-being, and review practical and analytical considerations in working with these data. We will provide an introduction to approaches to analyzing nested and clustered data. The course concludes with discussion of human subjects protections and ethical considerations with the collection of data from children. For more information on the Chitwan Valley Family Study (CVFS), visit: https://cvfs.isr.umich.edu/. Support for this workshop is provided by NICHD (R25 HD101358).

For funding information please visit,  https://cvfs.isr.umich.edu/news/


Instructor: Emily Treleaven

Course Date: June 9

Days: Th (11:00 AM-2:00 PM)

International and comparative population research is a key cornerstone of population science and demography. International and comparative research is essential: 1. to learn the variations in population dynamics across different populations; 2. to predict the future of global population trends; and 3. to test hypotheses across widely varying context and determine the limits on forces producing population change. This five-day workshop on international and comparative population research begins with a review of the field and deep-dive into data creation for this science. Although students are encouraged to attend all 5 days of the workshop, students may attend any combination of the 5 days to meet their training needs. Each day of the workshop is structured as an independent, ½-day, short course. Chitwan Valley Family Study (CVFS) will be used as a featured example and compared to other international population studies as appropriate for the topics. The workshop will meet daily June 6 – June 10 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m, Eastern Standard Time. Support for this workshop is provided by NICHD (R25 HD101358).

This is the fourth day of a 5-day workshop on international research using the Chitwan Valley Family Study (CVFS) as a featured case study. This short course introduces students to the intersection of community context and common mental disorders – such as depression, anxiety and substance use disorders – that are the leading causes of disease burden in the world today. After introducing the epidemiology of and public health significance of global mental health, the course will expose students to primary measurement concerns related to global mental health studies. The course will then introduce students to available datasets, with a case study using the Chitwan Valley Family Study World Mental Health Composite International Diagnostic Interview – Nepal (WMH-CIDI Nepal). This course will challenge students to think critically about the existing literature and available data in this area, and about the role of culture, context and stigma in shaping global population studies on mental health.  For more information on the Chitwan Valley Family Study (CVFS), visit: https://cvfs.isr.umich.edu/. Support for this workshop is provided by NICHD (R25 HD101358).

For funding information please visit,  https://cvfs.isr.umich.edu/news/


Course Date: June 10

Days: F (11:00 AM-2:00 PM)

International and comparative population research is a key cornerstone of population science and demography. International and comparative research is essential: 1. to learn the variations in population dynamics across different populations; 2. to predict the future of global population trends; and 3. to test hypotheses across widely varying context and determine the limits on forces producing population change. This five-day workshop on international and comparative population research begins with a review of the field and deep-dive into data creation for this science. Although students are encouraged to attend all 5 days of the workshop, students may attend any combination of the 5 days to meet their training needs. Each day of the workshop is structured as an independent, ½-day, short course. Chitwan Valley Family Study (CVFS) will be used as a featured example and compared to other international population studies as appropriate for the topics. The workshop will meet daily June 6 – June 10 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m, Eastern Standard Time. Support for this workshop is provided by NICHD (R25 HD101358).

This is the fifth day of a 5-day workshop on international research using the Chitwan Valley Family Study (CVFS) as a featured case study, but will draw on several data resources. This short course briefly introduces students to the major issues surrounding using genomic data to study health and behavior in lower- and middle-income countries (LMICs). The first major topic includes introductions into common methods of DNA sample collection strategies, including the costs and benefits of each, and common pitfalls in the collection and assaying of DNA. Discussions of major ethical and conceptual issues to consider in designing a genomic study will be covered. Following this is a discussion of common analytic strategies used in health and sociogenomic research, including, genome wide association studies, polygenic scores, family models, and gene-environment interactions. The course concludes with potential week-long, semester, and year-long courses to follow-up in more detail. This course is both a guide to next steps for genomic work in international settings and also to the genomic data of CVFS. For more information on the Chitwan Valley Family Study (CVFS), visit: https://cvfs.isr.umich.edu/. Support for this workshop is provided by NICHD (R25 HD101358).

For funding information please visit,  https://cvfs.isr.umich.edu/news/


Instructor: Colter Mitchell

Course Date: June 7

Days: T (11:00 AM-2:00 PM)

International and comparative population research is a key cornerstone of population science and demography. International and comparative research is essential: 1. to learn the variations in population dynamics across different populations; 2. to predict the future of global population trends; and 3. to test hypotheses across widely varying context and determine the limits on forces producing population change. This five-day workshop on international and comparative population research begins with a review of the field and deep-dive into data creation for this science. Although students are encouraged to attend all 5 days of the workshop, students may attend any combination of the 5 days to meet their training needs. Each day of the workshop is structured as an independent, ½-day, short course. Chitwan Valley Family Study (CVFS) will be used as a featured example and compared to other international population studies as appropriate for the topics. The workshop will meet daily June 6 – June 10 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m, Eastern Standard Time. Support for this workshop is provided by NICHD (R25 HD101358).

This is the second day of a 5-day workshop on international research using the Chitwan Valley Family Study (CVFS) as a featured case study. This short course reviews principles of contextual influence, conceptualization and measurement of dynamic characteristics of communities in lower- and middle-income countries (LMICs). The course focuses on conceptualization and measurement of context including spatial distribution of community infrastructure, temporal dynamics (retrospective and prospective measure), and linking community level measures with household-, parent-, and individual- level measures.

This course will begin with an overview of mixed method data collection approaches for measuring local community context. These methodologies involve innovative tools designed to capture both spatial and temporal variation and change over time, such as the Neighborhood History Calendar technique, Remote Sensing, Geographical Information Systems, and Tablet/Computer based Interactive Maps. By the end of this course, participants will have an overview of measurement of context that will help them to design, understand, and evaluate contextual models. For more information on the Chitwan Valley Family Study (CVFS), visit: https://cvfs.isr.umich.edu/. Support for this workshop is provided by NICHD (R25 HD101358).

For funding information please visit,  https://cvfs.isr.umich.edu/news/


Instructor: Dirgha Ghimire

Course Date: June 20-22

Days: M-W (9:00am-2:30pm)

COURSE OBJECTIVES
• Introduce a structural analysis of parts of a survey question
• Introduce cognitive interviewing as a method for testing survey questions
• Describe guidelines for diagnosing problems in survey questions and writing new survey questions
• Focus on the structure and wording of survey questions, whether for interviewer-administered or self- administered instruments
• Provide an opportunity to apply the guidelines and principles during in-class exercises
• Focus on improving individual questions and sets of questions.
• Summarize research that underlies key decisions in writing survey questions.

DESCRIPTION

This workshop distills research about survey questions to principles that can be applied to write survey questions that are clear and obtain reliable answers. The workshop provides students with tools to use in diagnosing problems in survey questions and in writing their own survey questions. Sessions combine lecture with group exercises and discussion. The lecture provides guidelines for writing and revising survey questions and illustrates how to revise troubled questions. Assignments require that students analyze problematic questions, revise them, and administer them to fellow students. Sessions consider both questions about events and behaviors and questions about subjective phenomena (such as attitudes, evaluations, and internal
states).


WHO SHOULD ATTEND
Individuals who will be writing or reviewing survey questions or survey instruments or analyzing survey data. This course gives practical guidance to those who have written survey questions but who are not familiar with research on question design, those who are just beginning to design survey instruments, and those who use survey data but do not themselves design survey instruments.


1 course hours
Location: To Be Determined