Advanced Quantitative Methods Taster Event

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The aim of this half day event is to provide an introduction to a range of advanced quantitative methods and analytical techniques that are commonly used in social science. It will give participants the opportunity to identify which methods may be appropriate and relevant to their own research. The event will commence with a networking buffet lunch where representatives from various organisations (including NCRM, ScotCen Social Research, IPSOS MORI, and Growing Up in Scotland) will display exhibition stands and be available to discuss their research activities. We will also be showing short video-clips on quantitative methods from previous taster events and there will be an opportunity to learn more about AQMeN research projects, including additional projects focusing on the Scottish independence referendum. The main event will take the format of six showcase taster sessions which include a general introduction to each technique and provide practical examples of how it has been applied to research and how data visualisation can be used in the presentation of results. The following methods will be showcased during this year's event: Multiple Imputation Statistical Models for Count Data Methods of Causal Inference (e.g. Difference-in Differences Estimation, Propensity Score Matching) Longitudinal Data Analysis Structural Equation Modelling Geo-visualisation During the event, details of the AQMeN 2014 training programme will be launched which will include opportunities for hands-on training in each of the above techniques later in the year. The event will close with a panel session 'Q-Step in Scotland: Building the next generation of quantitative scholars'. The aim is to highlight the ways in which the three Scottish Q-Step Centres will strengthen quantitative social science training and develop a new generation of graduates with the skills needed to evaluate evidence, analyse data, and design and commission research. Key questions that members of the panel will address are: how will Q-Step tackle the current skills gaps amongst University entrants; what methods and techniques will graduates be taught; how social science in Scotland will benefit more generally from this initiative; and what are the implications of Q-Step for future postgraduate and early career training.
Period27 Mar 2014
Event typeConference
LocationGlasgow, United KingdomShow on map


  • quantitative methods