Online Training

Researcher Training

Secure Unified Research Environment (SURE) Training

Organisation: The Sax Institute
Target Group: Researchers - Users of SURE
Cost: $110.00
Link: Sax Institute website
Description: Users of SURE are required to complete specific training prior to receiving access to the SURE facility. The training is being offered as 4 self-paced online modules (face-to-face one day workshops will only be offered by special request). The implementation of a training program as a condition of accessing SURE ensures:
  • Researchers have an awareness of legal and ethical issues and considerations relating to information security and data management relevant to undertaking linked data research; and
  • Researchers are given detailed guidance on the features of SURE including accessing and using the system.
The modules presented in the training program are:
  1. Data linkage research in Australia: An overview of the data linkage process and the development of linked data research in Australia;
  2. Responsibilities of a researcher: An overview of the legal and ethical considerations of researchers when conducting linked data research;
  3. Information security: The current approach to information security in linked data research and a description of the security model of SURE; and
  4. Statistical disclosure analysis: An introduction to principles and methods of statistical disclosure analysis and statistical disclosure control.

Health Services Program Monitoring and Evaluation

Dates: May - July 2017
Organisation: Population Data BC & University of Victoria, Continuing Studies
Target Group: Researchers
Cost:

$1,250 (plus data fees) CAD Professional specialization certificate

$1,400 (plus data fees) CAD Non-certificate

Link: https://www.popdata.bc.ca/etu/PHDA/courses/05
Description:

This 12 week on-line course provides hands-on, project-based instruction on the concepts, processes and tools for monitoring and evaluating health services and programs.

Topics include:
• engaging stakeholders
•  developing evaluation and monitoring questions
•  theories of change and logic models
•  selecting indicators and data collection methods and tools
•  reporting; and ethics and quality assurance in monitoring and evaluation

By the end of the course, students will have developed an evaluation of a health service or program of their choice in order to make recommendations for improvements and facilitate decision-making in their organization.

Closing date:

14 April 2017

Contact: Program Coordinator

Longitudinal Analysis and Multi-level Modelling of Population Health Data

Dates: May - July 2017
Organisation: Population Data BC & University of Victoria, Continuing Studies
Target Group: Researchers
Cost:

$1,250 (plus data fees) CAD Professional specialization certificate

$1,400 (plus data fees) CAD Non-certificate/International students

Link: https://www.popdata.bc.ca/etu/PHDA/courses/05
Description:

This 12 week on-line course provides an introduction to—and hands-on experience specifying—multi-level modelling and longitudinal analysis. You will gain an understanding of different types of approaches including:

• time varying and invariant predictors
• multivariate and multi-population models with different outcomes
• missing data, errors in measurement and measurement misclassification

This course is designed to serve the needs of researchers who will analyse and model longitudinal data in population health research.

Closing date: 14 April 2017
Contact: Program Coordinator

Working with Administrative Data

Dates: September - December 2017
Organisation: Population Data BC & University of Victoria, Continuing Studies
Target Group: Researchers
Cost:

$1,250 (plus data access fees) CAD Professional specialization certificate

$1,400 (plus data access fees) CAD Non-certificate (not available to International students at this time)

Link: https://www.popdata.bc.ca/etu/PHDA/courses/01
Description:

This 12-week online course examines the basics of what administrative data are:

• where they come from
• how they can be used for research
• what the data produced for research projects look like
• the skills needed to work with them
• basic statistical analysis of these data

This course also provides an overview of ethics and privacy issues related to research uses of administrative data.

Closing date: 18 August 2017
Contact: Program Coordinator

Population Health and GIS

Dates: September - December 2017
Organisation: Population Data BC & University of Victoria, Continuing Studies
Target Group: Researchers
Cost:

$1,250 (plus data access fees) CAD Professional specialization certificate

$1,400 (plus data access fees) CAD Non-certificate

Link:

https://www.popdata.bc.ca/etu/PHDA/courses/03

Description:

In this 12-week course, students will learn about:

• the geographic nature of population and public health
• how geographic data are incorporated into health research
• key considerations in spatial analysis
• the applications of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to health research and population and public health

Throughout the course, students will gain hands-on experience working with a wide range of spatial data and analysis methods using ArcGIS.

Closing date: 18 August 2017
Contact: Program Coordinator

Webinar Series: Introduction to Data Management and Cleaning Analysis

 Dates: 4 to 20 April 2017 - 6 Sessions, 2 hours each
Organisation: Population Data BC
Target Group: Researchers and Graduate Students
Cost:

• Regular Rate: $295
• Student Rate: $195

Link: https://www.popdata.bc.ca/events/etu/DMCA_Webinars_April2017
Description:

This webinar series provides an overview of basic data management and data cleaning techniques using SAS software.

Topics include:
• Assessing research variables
• Building a study dataset
• Data cleaning/screening, diagnosing and editing
• Date and time manipulation and sequencing
• Transformation, grouping, deriving
• Analysis and interpretation

 Closing date: 3 April 2017
 Contact Education and Training Lead

 

Administrative Data 101

Organisation: Population Data BC
Target Group: Researchers
Cost: Free
Link: www.popdata.bc.ca/etu/onlineworkshops
Description: This workshop provides an introduction to administrative data and focuses on how it is defined, sourced and used for research purposes.
This workshop covers:
  • An orientation to data from a variety of sources;
  • The benefits and limitations of administrative data for research purposes;
  • An overview of the access policy and application process at Population Data BC;
  • How administrative data is produced for a research project;
  • Skills required to work with administrative data; and
  • Resources available to assist with the use and analysis of data.

SAS Tutorials

Organisation: Population Data BC
Target Group: Researchers
Cost: Free
Link: www.popdata.bc.ca/etu/onlinecourses
Description: SAS is an integrated system of software products. It is an ideal statistical software product for use with administrative data because of its efficiencies in handling large databases and its range of capabilities. Within SAS, users can view and manipulate data, and perform simple to complex statistical procedures.

This course provides an introduction to SAS for individuals working with administrative data.

Topics covered include:
  • Introduction to the SAS windows environment;
  • Viewing SAS data;
  • Basic data manipulation;
  • Debugging SAS programs;
  • Intermediate SAS statistical procedures;
  • Variable attributes and display in output;
  • Intermediate data manipulation;
  • Combining SAS data sets;
  • Advanced SAS statistical procedures; and
  • Getting data into and out of SAS.

To find out more visit www.popdata.bc.ca/etu/onlineworkshops for information on each workshop, including video clips outlining workshop content and sign up instructions.

Mplus

Organisation: Population Data BC
Target Group: Researchers
Cost: Free
Link: www.popdata.bc.ca/etu/onlineworkshops
Description: Mplus is a statistical modeling program that provides researchers with an extremely flexible modeling framework. It allows the analysis of both cross-sectional and longitudinal data, single-level and multi-level data that may come from multiple populations, and data with missing values.

This course provides an introduction to Mplus for individuals who wish to use this software program for their data analysis requirements.

Topics covered include:
  • Introduction to Mplus;
  • Path Analysis with Mplus; and
  • Factor Analysis with Mplus.

GIS and Epidemiology

Organisation: Population Data BC
Target Group: Researchers
Cost: Free
Link: www.popdata.bc.ca/etu/onlineworkshops
Description:

This free, online workshop is available from the Education and Training Unit of Population Data BC (Canada) as part of their mandate to serve the needs of researchers, analysts and practitioners.

The workshop has been redesigned from its original inceptions as an in-class workshop to an online format in order to broaden knowledge mobilisation in the following topic areas.

To find out more visit www.popdata.bc.ca/etu/onlineworkshops for information on each workshop, including video clips outlining workshop content and sign up instructions.

Space-Time Disease Surveillance

Organisation: Population Data BC
Target Group: Researchers
Cost: Free
Link: www.popdata.bc.ca/etu/onlineworkshops
Description:

This free, online workshop is available from the Education and Training Unit of Population Data BC (Canada) as part of their mandate to serve the needs of researchers, analysts and practitioners.

The workshop has been redesigned from its original inceptions as an in-class workshop to an online format in order to broaden knowledge mobilisation in the following topic areas.

To find out more visit www.popdata.bc.ca/etu/onlineworkshops for information on each workshop, including video clips outlining workshop content and sign up instructions.

Ethics Training

On-Line Research Integrity Course - Human Research Ethics

Organisation: University of Wollongong
Target Group: Researchers and members of Human Research Ethics Committees
Cost: Free
Link: http://www.uow.edu.au/research/rso/ethics/human/training/index.html
Description: There is an Introductory Module that offers basic knowledge of the historical and international contexts of contemporary human research ethics in Australia. This is designed for those with no prior involvement in human research ethics.  Modules 2 to 5 each focus on one of the four basic principles of the National Statement. Completion will add to your understanding of these principles and values that form the basis of the ethics of human research and increase your familiarity with using the National Statement in your human research ethics work. Experience suggests that you need to allow about 4 hours to complete the course and that attempting one module at a time is a suitable way to do so.

Macquarie University Ethics Training

Organisation: Macquarie University
Target Group: Researchers
Cost: Free
Link: http://mq.edu.au/ethics_training/
Description: This free educational resource examines the particular ethical issues raised by social science and humanities research. The training module is divided into 6 basic parts. Participants can start and stop reading at any point in the module, and can close it and return to it later. At completion of the each module, there is a quiz that tests comprehension of the material.

Online Resources

Introduction to Mapping Health Data - resource guide

Organisation: Population Data BC
Target Group: Researchers
Cost: Free
Link: www.popdata.bc.ca/etu/onlineworkshops
Description: Geographic Information Systems (GIS) enable researchers to explore the complex relationships between determinants of human health and well-being using a spatial perspective. While GIS provides easy-to-use tools for exploring and analyzing health data, there are a number of key issues that users should be aware of before mapping or spatially analyzing health data.

This resource guide includes an overview of key analytical issues and best practices when mapping health data including:
  •     Working with point data
  •     Working with line data
  •     Working with area data
  •     Study area boundary and edge effects
  •     Cartographic fundamentals

To find out more visit www.popdata.bc.ca/etu/onlineworkshops for information on each workshop, including video clips outlining workshop content and sign up instructions.

Introduction to Space-Time Disease Surveillance Tools

Organisation: Population Data BC
Target Group: Researchers
Cost: Free
Link: www.popdata.bc.ca/etu/onlineworkshops
Description: This resource guide provides a review of case studies using freely available space-time disease surveillance software. Software packages have been categorized based on the level of user expertise required to run them.

To find out more visit www.popdata.bc.ca/etu/onlineworkshops for information on each workshop, including video clips outlining workshop content and sign up instructions.

If you have any linked data training opportunities, please contact Natalie Wray for publication on our training calendar.