2017-2018 Workshop in Methods

Fall 2017

Friday, September 1, 2017

Dr. J. Scott Long, "Reproducible Results and the Workflow of Data Analysis"

2-3:30pm, Social Science Research Commons Grand Hall (Woodburn Hall 200)

Many disciplines are paying increasing attention to reproducible results. The fundamental idea is that other scientists should have access to your data and be able to obtain the same results—this is reproducibility. More generally, your results should be robust so that other scientists can confirm your findings using other data. Increasingly journals require authors to provide their data and analysis file before a paper is accepted to verify that that results. Producing reproducible results is highly dependent on your workflow for data analysis. This workflow encompasses the entire process of scientific research: Planning, documenting, and organizing your work; creating, labeling, naming, and verifying variables; performing and presenting statistical analyses; preserving your work; and ending with reproducible results. Most of the work in statistics classes focuses on estimating and interpreting models. In “real world” research projects, these activities may involve less than 10% of the total work. Professor Long’s talk is about the other 90% of the work. An efficient workflow saves time, introduces greater reliability into the steps of the analysis, and generates reproducible results.

Dr. Long is Distinguished Professor and Chancellor’s Professor of Sociology and Statistics at Indiana University.

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Friday, September 15, 2017

Dr. Emily Meanwell, "Qualitative Research Methods: An Introduction"

Social Science Research Commons Grand Hall (Woodburn Hall 200), 2pm

What is qualitative research? When and how might qualitative research methods help you answer your research questions? This workshop will provide an overview of qualitative research methods, including interviews, focus groups, ethnography, and qualitative content analysis. For each, we will discuss the basics of data collection and analysis, best practices, and illustrative examples. Lastly, we will consider how these methods contrast with, and/or may be combined with, other empirical research methods, including quantitative and survey research methods.

Emily Meanwell is the Director of the Social Science Research Commons and the Study Director for the Sociological Research Practicum. She received her PhD in sociology in 2014 and has used a range of qualitative methods, including interviews, ethnography, and content analysis, in her research.