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Seminar on Study Design and Data Management held at IESS

21 October 2013

M.Phil and P.hD students of the Institute for Environment and Sanitation Studies, IESS have benefited from a seminar organized by the Institute on “Study Design and Data Management”. The seminar was held on Thursday, 24 October, 2013 at the International House Auditorium.

The seminar which comes in series is designed to expose students to the rudiments of research, information management, concepts and statistical analysis, with specific reference to theses writing, proposal preparation and projects/programmes management.

This semester’s seminar of the 2013/2014 Academic Year on study design and data management was geared towards equipping students with skills in data handling, interpretation of statistical analysis, and information management. The presentation was led by Mr. David Mensah, a former Researcher at Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research.

The presenter discussed the importance of statistics in making inferences and for confirmation or otherwise of clues.  He deliberated on the various types of statistical measurements using illustrative examples from Willett et al., 1995 on weight change and heart disease.  He also discussed how to sample data for surveys and comparative studies noting the various sampling procedures and type of variables and how they are applied in statistical analysis.  Using students proposed research as examples; interactions were held on data to be collected, identifying variables needed for analysis and appropriate statistics to be applied.

In attendance at the Seminar were, Drs. Dzidzo Yirenya-Tawiah, Benedicta Yayra Fosu-Mensah, Opoku Pabi, Benjamin Dankyira Ofori, Daniel Nukpezah, Elaine Tweneboah Lawson, Jesse Sey Ayivor, and Ted Nii Yemoh Annang, all Research Fellows of the IESS.