Understanding Complex Social Survey Data 2020
This course is aimed at postgraduate students (Masters and Ph.D.), researchers, and officials in state agencies wanting to analyse social surveys using Stata. It explains the complex nature of the sample design of household surveys, including unequal probabilities of selection and weighting, clustering and stratification. It also covers calibration, variance estimation, data quality and (briefly) imputation.
The course will:
• Outline the theory of weighting, clustering and stratification,
• Discuss how social surveys are practically implemented in South Africa,
• Introduce the survey analysis tools available in Stata,
• Explain how to get estimates from sample surveys that are representative of the population,
• Show how to calculate the correct standard errors for such estimates.
Prerequisites: Course participants should be familiar with Stata and with basic statistical tools (such as regression analysis). Don't know Stata? Have a look at our Introduction to Stata course (
Date: 27 to 31 January t2020.
Course Fees: The cost of the course is R 10 500.00. Partial scholarships are available to bona fide students and academics.
PLEASE NOTE: Accommodation and transport costs are for your own account.
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Course participants should be familiar with Stata and with basic statistical tools.
Are you familiar with Stata and basic statistical tools
Yes I know Stata and use it often.
Yes I am somewhat familiar with Stata and statistical tools.
No I do not know Stata but have used another statistical package.
No I have not used Stata or a statistical package.
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Please note that this course is is aimed at postgraduate students (Masters and Ph.D.), researchers, and officials in state agencies.
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Where did you obtain your highest qualification?
University of Cape Town
University of Stellenbosch
University of the Western Cape
University of Johannesburg
University of Pretoria
University of the Free State
University of the Witwatersrand
University of Fort Hare
University of Limpopo
University of Lesotho
University of Zululand
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
Cape Peninsula University of Technology
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Partial scholarships are available to bona fide students and academics. To qualify you must submit a motivation from your Supervisor/Head of Department. We will contact you for your motivation.
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Applications close on 18 October 2019. You will be informed of whether your application was successful by 31 October 2019. If you have NOT heard from us by this date, please consider your application unsuccessful.
This is a joint DataFirst and SALDRU course.
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Disclaimer: DataFirst reserves the right to cancel if there is not enough interest in the workshop.
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