Trainings and Workshops
Last updated on 12 May, 2017

ISER-N regularly organizes short-term trainings and workshops on the state-of-the-art research methods and techniques on social and environmental sciences with the goal of enhancing and updating the knowledge and skills in order to nurture and build social and environmental scientific research capacity in the region.

Below we provide a brief description of the courses offered at the institute.

Introduction to Survey Data Analysis
Duration: 40 hours (5 days)
Pre-requisite: A minimum of Masters Degree with background of basic statistics.
Background in social science research will be an asset.

Course Description
This course focuses on various techniques commonly used for the analysis of survey data. First, this course will focus on data structure, data importation and data management. Then, under data analysis techniques, we will include univariate (data description and summarization), bi-variate (mean comparisons, chi-square and correlation), and multivariate (linear and binary logistic regression) analysis techniques. Emphasis will be given to choosing appropriate statistical tools for data analysis and interpretation of the results. SPSS, statistical software to analyze social science data, will be extensively used. More importantly, this workshop will focus on practical issues associated with choosing appropriate statistical tools, analysis of data, and interpretation of the results with reference to scientific articles published in highly referred sociological and population journals around the globe.

Training Participants

 

Workshop on Survey Data Analysis (November 24-28, 2014)

ISER-N in collaboration with the Survey Research Center of the University of Michigan, USA organized a 5-day training on Survey Data Analysis Techniques from November 24-28, 2014 at its central campus in Fulbari, Chitwan. The goal of this short course was to provide theoretical understanding as well as hands-on practical skills on appropriate survey data analysis techniques to empirically answer research questions and logical interpretation of the results using the real world data. This training is a part of the institute’s goal of enhancing social and environmental research capacity in Nepal and the region.

This short course on Survey Data Analysis Techniques provided both theoretical and practical understanding of identifying and designing a policy relevant research question and choosing appropriate data analysis techniques to empirically answer the question using survey data. Participants were research scholars from International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), Lalitpur, Nepal; UNICEF, Nepal; UNICEF, Pakistan; PRIME, India; Sano Paila (A Little Step), Nepal; University of Bohol, Phillipines; Research Institute for Mindanao Culture (RIMCU), Phillipines; ISER-Nepal; Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU); Interdisciplinary Analysts (IDA).

Based on the theoretical knowledge and practical skills gained during the training, the participants prepared their project works using the real world survey data and presented the work to the group. This project primarily focused on the uses of appropriate univariate, bivariate and multivariate statistical tools to answer the research question. All the presentations were excellent and reflected their enhanced capacity on the use of various survey data analysis techniques and the interpretation of the results.

ISER-N would like to thank all the participants whose active participation made the training a grand success. For those who are interested to participate the future training programs, please check ISER-N website or contact ISER-N office for more information.

 

UNFPA Sponsored Workshop on Survey Data Analysis (December November 1-5, 2013)

ISER-N, in collaboration with the University of Michigan, USA offered a short course on Survey Data Analysis Techniques at its central campus in Fulbari, Chitwan from December 1-5, 2013. This training session was organized with special request from UNFPA, Nepal.  The goal of this training was to provide theoretical understanding as well as hands-on practical skills on survey data analysis techniques and logical interpretation of the results using the real world data.

Based on academic qualification, research interest, experience, and relevance, 16 applicants were selected from 24 applications forwarded by UNFPA, Nepal to the ISER-N screening committee. The trainees included research scholars, teaching faculty, and development workers/researchers from various academic, governmental and non-governmental organizations [United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA); Dadeldhura Campus, Jayaprithvi Campus; Bajura Campus; Mahendra Multiple Campus of Tribhuvan University; District Development Committee (DDC); District Child Welfare Board (DCWB); Rural Illiteracy Society Education (RISE); Youth Development Center; Fulvari Integrated Rural Development Organization (FIRDO) and Lumbini Social Development Center (LSDC)].

Trainees were encouraged to bring and use their own data set. Those who were interested in large scale national level publically available data used Nepal Demographic Health Surveys (NDHS), Nepal Living Standard Survey (NLSS), and Chitwan Valley Family Study (CVFS) data for their project work.

 

Participant Observations:
I received not only the basic ideas for research but also the analytical skills with statistical tools for the analysis of survey data. [Gokarna Pun, Child Rights Officer,  District Child Welfare Board, Rolpa

I am so grateful to participate in this training. I gained knowledge and skill on data analysis. I am hopeful to publish results from my research. [Dorendra Bahadur Thapa, Lecturer, Jayaprithvi Campus (Tribhuvan University), Bajhang]

ISER-N thanks all the participants for their contributions, perspectives and thoughtful participation whose active participation made the training a grand success. ISER-N extends appreciation to the UNFPA, Nepal for this opportunity to work together to enhance social science research capacity in Nepal.

For more information about future training programs, please check ISER-N website (www.isernepal.org.np) or contact ISER-N (iser@wlink.com.np).

 

Workshop on Survey Data Analysis (November 25-29, 2013)

ISER-N in collaboration with the University of Michigan, USA organized a training on Survey Data Analysis Techniques from November 25-29, 2013 at its central campus in Fulbari, Chitwan. The goal of this training was to provide theoretical understanding as well as hands-on practical skills on survey data analysis techniques and logical interpretation of the results using the real world data.

Seventeen participants benefited from this training. Participants were research scholars and faculties from United Nations International Children\'s Emergency Fund (UNICEF); Centre for the Study of Labour and Mobility, Social Science Baha; Nepal Telecom; Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA); Department of Labour, Government of Nepal; Council for Technical Education and Vocational Training (CTEVT); and faculty from Central Department of Sociology/Anthropology, Tribhuvan University.

Participants extensively used large scale survey data from Nepal to learn data analysis techniques, and interpretation of the results. Some of the participants used their own data to learn these skills. Based on the theoretical knowledge and practical skills gained during the training, the participants prepared their project works using the real world survey data. This project was designed for systematic application of the appropriate univariate, bivariate and multivariate statistical tools to answer the research question.

ISER-N would like to thank all the participants for their contributions, perspectives and thoughtful participation whose active participation made the training a grand success.

Please check ISER-N website or contact ISER-N office for more information for future training programs.

 

Workshop on Survey Data Analysis (June 3-7, 2013)

In June (June 3-7, 2013), ISER-N in collaboration with the Population Studies Center of the University of Michigan, USA organized a 5-day training on Survey Data Analysis at its central campus in Fulbari, Chitwan. The goal of this training was to provide theoretical understanding as well as hands-on practical skills on appropriate survey data analysis techniques using the real world data. This training provided both theoretical and practical understanding of identifying and designing a research question and choosing appropriate data analysis techniques to empirically answer the question using survey data.

Twelve participants benefited from this training. Participants were faculties and research scholars from Amrapali Institute, India; Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB); Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU), Afghanistan; United Nations International Children\'s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), Nepal; International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), Nepal; Restless Development, Lalitpur; International Development Nepal (iDE Nepal), Lalitpur; and Shree Medical and Technical College, Chitwan.

This course provided opportunity to familiarize with various large scale survey data in Nepal. In addition, the participants were highly encouraged to use their own data to learn data analysis techniques, and interpretation of the results. Based on the theoretical knowledge and practical skills gained during the training, the participants prepared their project works using the real world survey data. This project was designed for systematic application of the appropriate univariate, bivariate and multivariate statistical tools to answer the research question with examples from world class peer-reviewed scientific articles.

 

 

Workshop on Survey Data Analysis (December 20-24, 2012)

ISER-N in collaboration with the Survey Research Center of the University of Michigan, USA organized a 5-day training on Survey Data Analysis (December 20-24, 2012) at its central campus in Fulbari, Chitwan. The goal of this short course was to provide theoretical understanding as well as hands-on practical skills on appropriate survey data analysis techniques to empirically answer research questions and logical interpretation of the results using the real world data. This training is a part of the institute’s goal of enhancing social and environmental research capacity in Nepal and the region.

This short course on Survey Data Analysis provided both theoretical and practical understanding of identifying and designing a policy relevant research question and choosing appropriate data analysis techniques to empirically answer the question using survey data. Participants

were research scholars from Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU), Afghanistan; TRANScultural Psychosocial Organization (TPO) Nepal; Interdisciplinary Analysts (IDA), Kathmandu; Shree Medical and Technical College, Chitwan; and the Institute for Social and Environmental Research-Nepal (ISER-N), Chitwan.

Based on the theoretical knowledge and practical skills gained during the training, the participants prepared their project works using the real world survey data and presented the work to the group. This project primarily focused on the uses of appropriate univariate, bivariate and multivariate statistical tools to answer the research question. All the presentations were excellent and reflected their enhanced capacity on the use of various survey data analysis techniques and the interpretation of the results.

Participant Observations (Anonymous):
    -Overall, I found this training quite useful to me. Every query and question was answered
      by tutors satisfactorily.

    -The multivariate analysis was of most help to me in terms of reading tables and
      interpreting the results. I have always loved statistics but never had this opportunity to
      practically work or focus on them.

    -I am happy to have made it here in the training. Learning from the training is a
      (Chirstmas) gift for me. This training made me think to submit my outputs in journals.

ISER-N would like to thank all the participants whose active participation made the training a grand success. For those who are interested to participate the future training programs, please check ISER-N website or contact ISER-N office for more information.

 

 

Workshop on Survey Data Analysis (June 4-8, 2012)

The institute recently organized a 5-day training on Survey Data Analysis (June 4-8, 2012) at its central campus in Fulbari, Chitwan in collaboration with the Survey Research Center of the University of Michigan.  The goal of this course was to provide theoretical understanding as well as hands-on practical skills on appropriate survey data analysis techniques and logical interpretation of the results.  This training is a part of the institute’s goal of enhancing social and environmental research capacity in Nepal and the region.

This short course on Survey Data Analysis provided understanding on choosing appropriate data analysis techniques to answer the research questions using the large scale survey data.  A total of 10 participants from Bangladesh, Nepal and USA attended the training. Research scholars and faculties were from various organizations such as the Independent University of Bangladesh, Dhaka; United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) Nepal; Center for Research on Environment, Health and Population Activities (CREPHA), Kathmandu; FORWARD Nepal, Chitwan; Tribhuvan University, Nepal and ISER-N, Chitwan.

Based on the theoretical knowledge and practical skills gained during the training, the participants prepared and presented their project work using the Chitwan Valley Family Study (CVFS) data as well as their own data. All the presentations were excellent and reflected their enhanced capacity on survey data analysis techniques and the interpretation of the results. Last but not the least, ISER-N would like to thank all the participants whose active participation made the training a grand success.

For those who are interested to participate in future training programs, please check ISER-N website or contact at ISER-N office for more information.

 

Trainings on Introduction to Survey Research Techniques and Survey Data Analysis

As part of enhancing social and environmental research capacity goal, ISER-N organized two short courses on (1) Introduction to Survey Research Techniques (November 14- 18, 2011) and (2) Survey Data Analysis (November 22-26, 2011) at its central campus in Fulbari, Chitwan.  The goal of these courses was to provide theoretical understanding as well as hands-on practical skills on the state-of-the-art research methods and techniques commonly used in survey research and the appropriate techniques to analyze the data and the logical interpretation of the results.


The first course Introduction to Survey Research Techniques focused in providing understanding of the theoretical knowledge and practical skills on various components of survey research that include survey designs and  survey lifecycle, survey errors and survey costs, identification and formulation of research questions, conceptualization and measurement,  instrument (questionnaire) design, sampling, data collection methods, standard interviewing techniques, data processing and analysis, publication of research findings and research ethics.
The second course Survey Data Analysis provided understanding on choosing appropriate data analysis techniques to answer the research question using the large scale survey data. This course provided opportunity to familiarize with various large scale survey data in Nepal such as Population Census, Nepal Demographic Health Survey (NDHS), Nepal Living Standard Survey (NLSS), Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS), and Adolescents and Youth Survey including the Chitwan Valley Family Study (CVFS) data. In addition, the participants were highly encouraged to use their own data to learn data analysis techniques, and interpretation of the results.


A total of 18 participants (3 female and 15 male) from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Nepal attended the trainings. From Pakistan, participants were from the Higher Education Commission, Shah Abdul Latif University, Sindh, Shardar Bahadur Khan Women\'s University, Quetta, and University of Gujarat. From Bangladesh, participants were from the University of Chittagong, Social Marketing Company, Dhaka and University of Dhaka. Participants from Nepal were from Tribhuvan University, Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in Nepal, Interdisciplinary Analysts, Local Initiatives for Biodiversity Research and Development (LIBIRD), SPARC Inc., United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and faculty members of Tribhuvan University, Nepal.


Based on the theoretical knowledge and practical skills gained during the training, the participants prepared and presented their project work using the CVFS data as well as using their own primary data. All the presentations were excellent that reflected their enhanced capacity on survey research techniques as well as survey data analysis. Last but not the least, ISER-N would like to thank all the participants of the workshop whose active participation made ISER-N’s effort to enhance social science research capacity a grand success. For those who are interested to participate in the future training programs, please check ISER-N website or contact at ISER-N office for announcement.

 

Workshop on Survey Data Analysis (May 30-June 03, 2011)

ISER-Nepal, in collaboration with the Population Studies Center (PSC) at the University of Michigan, USA - ISER-Nepal’s long term collaborative partner in research and capacity building - organized a 5-day long (May 30- June 03, 2011) workshop (the 6th in series) on survey data analysis techniques  at its office in Fulbari, Chitwan. The primary objective of this training was to provide knowledge and skills on survey data analysis techniques (uni-variate, bi-variate and multivariate) including intensive hands-on exercises using the computer software Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) (course schedule). This training provided opportunity to the participants to (a) familiarize with the large scale data such as the Chitwan Valley Family Study (CVFS); Nepal Demographic Health Survey (NDHS); Nepal Living Standard Survey (NLSS); and Population Census; (b) use the data to learn statistical analysis techniques; and (c) interpret the results. This workshop was an effort towards enhancing the institution’s research capacity building goal.

A total of 19 participants (7 females and 12 males) that included professors, statisticians, researchers and students from various institutions in Nepal and Pakistan attended the workshop. Ten participants were from the Tribhuvan University and various Non-governmental Organizations of Nepal. Nine participants were Professors and statisticians from various Universities and the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan.

The workshop was led by Dr. Prem Bhandari, Assistant Research Scientist at PSC, University of Michigan and assisted by Mr. Binoj Shrestha (Research Associate) and Mr. Bishnu Adhikari (Database Manager) at the ISER-Nepal.

The training was partially funded by the small grant program of the Population Studies Center, University of Michigan.

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Introduction to Survey Research Techniques
Duration: 40 hours (5 days)
Pre-requisite: Minimum requirement of Baccalaureate Degree. Background in social science research will be an asset.

Course Description
This course focuses on the theory and practice of survey research methods and techniques. In general, the training will cover the following topics �" research process, social research methods, survey research designs, survey lifecycle, survey errors, cost/quality trade-off, formulation of research question and hypothesis, conceptualization and measurement, sampling, questionnaire design and evaluation, techniques of interviewing, data processing, data preparation, coding, cleaning and management of data, analysis and publication of research findings and research ethics. Emphasis will be given to hands-on experience in understanding and conducting each phase of survey lifecycle.

Research Methods
Duration: 40 hours (5 days)

Course Description
The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of different research methods commonly used in social and environmental research. Broad topics include: (a) Archival Research; (b) Ethnographic Research; (c) Survey Research; and (d) Environmental/Spatial Research. Under each method, specific topics include: social science as science; theory and research; question formulation and research design; measurement issues; methods and techniques of data collection, instrument design, data analysis, and report writing. Ethics in social research will also be discussed.

Research Instrument Design/Questionnaire Design
Duration: 40 hours (5 days)

Course Description
The goal of this course is to provide theoretical background and practical understanding of designing survey questions and questionnaires used in social research. The topics include: general principles of writing questions; techniques for measuring the occurrence of past behaviors and events; the effects of question wording, response formats, and question sequence on responses; an introduction to psychometric perspectives in multi-item scale design; combining individual questions into a meaningful questionnaire; mode selection and questionnaire design; and strategies for obtaining sensitive or personal information. This course will also focus on pre-testing and steps in questionnaire finalization.

Methods of (Survey) Data Collection
Duration: 40 hours (5 days)

Course Description
The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of alternative data collection methods used in surveys. First, this course will focus on introducing various data collection techniques, particularly face-to-face, telephone, and mail surveys, commonly used in survey research. Second, it will concentrate on the comparative impact of these techniques may have on survey data quality (including measurement error properties, non-response, and coverage errors). Third, this course will provide an overview of mixed-mode survey data collection and its implication on data quality. Fourth, this course will also provide a brief overview of environmental (flora data, land use, and geo-spatial) data collection techniques.

General Interviewing Techniques (GIT)
Duration: 40 hours (5 days)

Course Description
This course is designed to provide theoretical context and practical experience for standardized interviewing--how interviewers contribute to bias and variance in survey estimates and techniques for reducing such error.  This follows the focus on the General Interviewing Techniques (GIT).  The purpose of GIT is to standardize the data collection process in several areas relating to respondent interaction and survey implementation including: contacting households, introducing the study to respondents, building rapport and gaining cooperation, asking questions, providing clarification, probing responses, giving feedback, and recording responses.The final two days of training cover interviewer management issues, such as interviewer hiring, training, and certification as well as production monitoring and quality control.

Trainer\'s Training on General Interviewing Techniques (GIT) (August 25-29, 2010)

ISER-N has been regularly organizing training programs on the state-of-the -art, cutting edge social and environmental research methods to institutionalize the high quality scientific research for promoting informed policy decisions and identifying effective sustainable development initiatives. Recently, a 5-days (August 25-29, 2010) Trainer’s Training on General Interviewing Techniques (GIT) was organized at the ISER-N office in Fulbari, Chitwan. The goal of the training was to provide both the theoretical and practical aspects of General Interviewing Techniques and production management for survey data collection using the standard module of the Survey Research Center at the University of Michigan. This training was an effort towards enhancing the institution’s social and environmental research capacity building program in Nepal.

Ms. Nicole G. Kirgis (Survey Director, Project Design and Management) at Survey Research Center (SRC), Institute for Social Research (ISR), University of Michigan (UM), who is highly experienced in the production and management of high quality survey data using SurveyTrak and WebTrak for long time, provided training to the participants on the standard techniques of interviewing and survey/interview management along with intensive hands on exercise and interview practice. The major topics covered were the role of interviewer, interviewer bias and variance and methods of reducing such errors, components of standardized interviewing, gaining respondent cooperation and data quality control. The other important features of the training were as the demonstration of the computerized interviewing through Blaise application,  management of Paradata using SurveyTrak and WebTrak and  as well as an overview of issues related to the transition from paper to computerized data collection and management.

 
A total of 12 participants (Research Managers,  Computing Manager and Research Officers)  who are directly involved in survey research attended the training. Although these participants have been practicing these methods and techniques for long time, they found this training unique, highly practical and most useful for conducting and managing high quality survey research. The training was jointly organized by the ISER-N and the Survey Research Center (SRC), University of Michigan (UM).

Some Training Pictures:

  

Other Courses
Survey Sampling
Multi-level Modeling
Structural Equation Modeling
Event History Analysis
Mixed Method Data Collection

 

Research Methods and Data Analysis Training

ISER-N organized a 5-day training (May 16-20, 2010) on research methods and data analysis at its office in Fulbari, Chitwan. This training was an effort towards enhancing the institution’s social and environmental research capacity building program in Nepal. The goals of this training were: (1) to provide an overview of social and environmental research carried out at the institute for the last 15 years, and (2) to provide an overview of the appropriate data analytical techniques with intensive hands-on exercises. The training was jointly organized by ISER-N and the Population Studies Center (PSC), University of Michigan - ISER-N’s long term collaborative partner in research and capacity building. 17 participants (6 women and 11 men) from governmental and non-governmental organizations, universities, colleges, and independent scholars attended the training.

Dr. Dharma Raj Dangol, the Vice Chairperson and Senior Research Scientist of ISER-N provided an overview of the institute and also discussed the research design, data collection and analysis of longitudinal measures of environmental data. Dr. Lisa Pearce, Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel-Hill discussed the Chitwan Valley Family Study (CVFS) study design and the mix-methods in data collection. Dr. Prem Bhandari, Senior Research Scientist at ISER-N provided an overview of research activities with a special mention of the complex multi-level longitudinal panel data collected at the institute. Mr. Daniel Thompson, Research Area Specialist at PSC introduced survey data analytic techniques and provided hands-on exercises using the SAS statistical software. Mr. Binoj Shrestha, Research Associate briefed on environmental research at ISER-N and also introduced spatial data analytic techniques using ArcGIS.

The training was partially funded by the PSCs small grant program awarded to Dr. Dirgha J. Ghimire, Chairperson and the Executive Director of the Institute.