Staff Training

Staff Training

Introducing DaTUM: the Data Tool Users Meeting.

Wednesday February 27th
1051 Dole Human Development Center
1000 Sunnyside Ave

You are invited to the Life Span Institute for a new user group centered around data collection, data maintenance, and the tools and techniques that ensure your data are accurate, secure and ready for analysis.

Data collections are the core of very nearly every research project, and everyone on the research team contributes to the data in some way. Whether you are a primary investigator planning your next grant application, a project manager overseeing the day-to-day logistics of data collection, or a research assistant or student employee tasked with collecting data, these presentations are meant to inform and clarify the processes of data collection, and to share our experiences with each other.

As part of the Research Design and Analysis team of LSI, we want to share our knowledge and expertise by doing demonstrations and providing an opportunity to answer questions and help each other tackle issues, as well as avoid common data problems. We intend to cover topics such as:

  • mobile data collection,
  • online surveys,
  • database structure and design,
  • data storage and archiving,
  • and all the trade-offs that come with each technology package and solution.

There is no one perfect tool, so knowing your options, as well as those options’ strengths and weaknesses, is your best strategy for success. Also, being informed about what a tool can and cannot do before you commit to a particular solution will save you a lot of heartache once your project is live and you are actually collecting your data. We know we have a lot to learn from each other, and we believe we can all increase the quality of our data and the success of our projects if we help each other out. We want everyone to feel empowered to make good choices and feel confident about the entire data collection lifecycle, from planning to publication.