A 3-day workshop on quantitative data analysis and report writing was organised by the University of Ibadan Centre for Sustainable Development (UI-CESDEV) from 2-4 July, 2018. The workshop which was organised for students of Masters in Sustainable Integrated Rural Development in Africa (MSIRSA) programme was attended by a total of forty participants. The aim of the workshop was to engage students of MSIRDA directly with empirical analysis, demonstrating how to analyse data using the SPSS programming language and also interpret the results. The rationale was to encourage hands-on learning, not pen-and-paper statistics; an exposure that is expected to trigger the culture of continued practice necessary to achieve the expected expertise. Another important aim of the workshop was to help participants learn how to produce report from data for research audience. In order to achieve the objectives of the workshop, experts from within and outside the university of Ibadan facilitated the workshop.
The workshop activities commenced with a formal opening session chaired by CESDEV Director, Professor Olanrewaju Olaniyan. In his opening remark, Professor Olaniyan welcome participants to the workshop and expatiated on the workshop aims. He later declared the workshop open after a short presentation about the ESDA programme implementation in the university of Ibadan was delivered by the workshop coordinator, Dr. Olushola Fadairo. The workshop witnessed series of working sessions and presentations which include: measurement and data collection by Dr. K. A. Thomas, introduction to SPSS; basic SPSS Skills; analysing data on SPSS by Dr. O. T. Yekinni and report writing by Dr. B. R. Olajide. Members of the University of Ibadan Next Generation of Researchers and some PhD students at CESDEV provided technical/tutorial support while the workshop lasted.
Day one programme started with a presentation that worked participants through measurement and data collection including the four levels of measurement and their characteristics. This was followed by a session on introduction to SPSS where basic essentials on the analytical software were taught to the participants. Later, participants were worked through the basic SPSS Skills such as assigning values to response options, getting started with SPSS, data entry techniques, data cleaning, data manipulation by computing variables, sorting, reverse coding and recoding into same or different variables. On day two, participants were worked through the process of analysing data to generate descriptive statistics such as frequency, mean, standard deviation, median, mode, and percentages. Also, participants were exposed to the process of computing variables and running inferential analysis such as chi-square and PPMC. Day three continued with training of participants on how to test hypotheses using inferential tools such as Spearman rho, Analysis of Variance (ANOVA), Post-hoc test, T-tests (independent and paired samples) and Regression analysis. The conditions under which each of the tool may be used were explained and demonstrated. The final working session of the workshop focused on exposing the participants to report writing and reviewing of report. This covered contents such as outline of research report, style, tone and the writing processes.
The facilitators used a combination of strategies to deliver on the objectives of the workshop. These include PowerPoint presentation, class demonstration, group work and individual assignments. Participants were also allowed to ask questions freely during the workshop. Participants evaluated the workshop as adequate in terms of logistics, knowledge/skills acquired and quality of facilitation. The presentation of certificates of participation to participants was done at the closing of the workshop. The workshop went hitch-free and was very successful.