Introduction to Understanding Society using STATA

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Training

Hosted by Understanding Society, this course aims to guide data users through the complexities of using the study data for cross-sectional and longitudinal analysis, and ensure that they can make effective use of the data for their own research projects.

Understanding Society collects information about individuals and the households in which they live repeatedly at one year intervals. It includes new and innovative features to allow research across different social science disciplines. To achieve the main goals of this multipurpose survey Understanding Society has a complex sample design and consequently a complex data structure. Thus, analysing the data requires a good understanding of the general structure of the survey, the sample design and the data.

This course is aimed at new users of Understanding Society, as well as those who have so far only made use of simpler aspects of the data. It aims to guide the user through the complexities of using this data for cross-sectional and longitudinal analysis, and ensure that they can make effective use of the data for their own research projects.

Course content

The course will cover:

  • the way Understanding Society is designed
  • the Understanding Society sample design
  • which data are collected
  • how the data are collected
  • how the data are structured and stored
  • how to find variables using the interactive online documentation
  • how to access the data
  • how to prepare the data files for analysis using Stata
  • how to use weights for producing population estimates

Users will need a basic working knowledge of Stata. Without this basic knowledge of Stata the user will not be able to make optimal use of the course.

For more information and to book your place, visit the Understanding Society website.