Institute for Research on Children, Youth and Family

Faculty of Social Studies at Masaryk University

The art and science of analysing large-scale international survey data

24th – 27th September, FSS PC26

The social sciences have seen a vast increase in the availability of large, complex data sets. This development has brought new opportunities for researchers but it also brings many challenges in terms of data analysis. The workshop will focus on some of the issues facing those who with large scale, international survey data using as an example the 2010 EU Kids Online survey of more than 25 thousand internet using children and their parents. The workshop will discuss the issues related to the design of such data collection and the strategies for analysing survey data of this kind.

The workshop will be aimed at researchers with a varied level of statistical knowledge but familiarity with linear models (regression) and inferential statistics will be necessary. Also some experience with a statistics software like SPSS. However, even though the EU Kids Online survey will be used as an example it is not assumed that participants have intimate knowledge of that project. The workshop will not rely on mathematics or dwell on deriving formulas but focus on the practical skills required to successively work with quantitative data.

24th September, 8 am – 1 pm - Issues and strategies of comparative survey research
25th September, 8 am – 1 pm - Data management
26th September, 8 am – 1 pm - Strategies for data analysis
27th September, 8 am – 1 pm - Models for cross country comparisons

Kjartan Ólafsson is a lecturer at the University of Akureyri in Iceland where he teaches research methods and quantitative data analysis. He was a member of the International Advisory Panel of the EU Kids Online II project and was active in designing the methodologies used in that project. He has also been involved in other cross-national comparative projects on children (ESPAD - European School Survey Project on Alcohol and other Drugs; HBSC - Health Behaviour in School-aged Children). He has a long experience in project management.

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