October 9, 2020
Open to all SSW students
The Statistics Skills Lab will provide an overview for how students can use statistical concepts and analyses to answer social work practice- or organization-oriented questions. The workshop will look at examples of when to use statistical techniques when working with individual clients, as well as techniques for working with small and large groups. Thus, this workshop is not meant to teach statistical theory or equations, but rather provide a hands-on skills lab to explore the application of statistics in social work. The course will be taught by Dr. Rachel Garthe, Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work. Dr. Garthe has been teaching statistics courses for the last six years and is extensively trained in statistical methods.
The course will begin with a brief recap for students: reviewing how types of variables lead you to select different types or options of statistical analyses. Next, students will have a brief orientation to organizing and preparing data for analysis using Excel. For the rest of the workshop students will be reviewing common statistical techniques that they will likely encounter in the field, with accompanying Excel demonstrations and practice problems. Students will be provided with step-by-step guides, demonstration videos, and practice problems to learn how to use statistics to answer practical social work questions.