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Our Services: Methods Training

Spark is the place to get research teams trained and doing the work quickly. All trainings will be customized to meet the needs of the team.

Methods Training are offered at three levels:

  • Introduction courses reduce the initial burden on researchers for orienting their team to the methods but does not qualify trainees to conduct the method without rigorous supervision.
  • Basic skill courses prepare trainees to apply the methods being taught with some independence for routine processes and tasks.
  • Advanced skill trainings prepare trainees with more nuanced understanding and practical application experiences so that they may be able to take on more complex or multi-faceted areas of the analysis. Advanced training is also useful for those that have used a method before but are a bit rusty. 

Examples: Don’t see what you’re looking for? Just ask – we’ll be able to help or point you to someone who can.   

 

Qualitative Methods

Service

Introduction

Basic Skill

Advanced Skill

Interviewing, including inter-rater reliability

3 days

4 days

8 days

Survey design

1 day

4 days

6 days

Focus groups

2 days

4 days

6 days

Arts-based methods

3 days

5 days

8 days

Text analysis, including basic Natural Language Processing in advanced

2 days

4 days

10 days

Recruitment

1 day

3 days

5 days

 

Quantitative Methods

Service

Introduction

Basic Skill

Advanced Skill

Regression analysis

3 days

5 days

10 days

Cluster analysis

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6 days

Multi-level modeling

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6 days

Working with missing data

3 days

5 days

8 days

Predictive analytics

2 days

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10 days

Systems modelling

2 days

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10 days

Social network analysis

3 days

6 days

10 days

 

Other Methods

Service

Introduction

Basic Skill

Advanced Skill

Materials design for external audiences

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5 days

10 days

Data visualization

2 days

5 days

8 days

Dashboard creation/management

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12 days

Community-engaged methods

3 days

5 days

8 days

Completing Mac Ethics applications

1 day

2 days

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