The seminar will focus on the steps before quantitative data analysis, such as data preparation and data cleaning, ensuring accuracy and analysis replication. Individuals who complete the sessions will be able to ask the appropriate questions to interrogate their data, to think through the steps needed to clean the most common forms of data, and to weigh the ethical issues associated with data cleaning. Specific topics will include data documentation, data preparation, data cleaning, and ethics.
The seminar assumes a basic level of knowledge regarding data, such as types and properties of variables and running descriptive statistics. Participants are expected to attend all three sessions.