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SRA: Understanding Statistical Concepts and Basic Tests

Choosing an appropriate statistical procedures and understanding basic statistics are an essential part of a survey researcher’s skill set. This course is about understanding the statistics behind the software packages. No software packages are used. Instead there are 6 workshops over the day so each stage can be practiced. This course is informal and designed to encourage participants to ask that ‘embarrassing’ statistical question they have always wanted to ask.

United Kingdom
19th May, 2015
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Greater London
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This is a foundation level course run by the Social Research Association (SRA). 

Topics covered

  • Overview of statistical terms and concepts
  • Overview of analysis considerations
  • Some do’s and don’ts of graphs and tables
  • Measures of central tendency and dispersion
  • Confidence Intervals
  • Hypothesis testing
  • Two-sample t-test
  • Chi-square test of independence


By the end of the course, participants will:

  • Have a good understanding of basic statistical terms and concepts
  • Have understood the practical implications of descriptive versus inferential statistics
  • Understand how, when and why to create confidence intervals for means and proportions, use a two-sample t-test or chi-square test of independence
  • Have the knowledge to use appropriate graphs and tables for the reporting of their data

Who will benefit?

  • The course will benefit anyone who wishes to understand statistics and survey analysis, whether they are conducting their own survey or commissioning one.
  • Ideally participants should have had at least some prior experience of statistics.

Learning outcomes

  • Participants will have a good understanding of statistics and their use in descriptive situations, in graphs and tables and in basic hypothesis testing.
  • Participants will have the knowledge to conduct two-sample t-tests and chi-square tests of independence.



Tutor: Dr Pamela Campanelli
Price for SRA members: £195
​Price for non-SRA members: £260
​Time: 9:30am - 5:00pm
Registrations for this course will not be accepted after 18 May 2015 at 6.00pm.​