The 2011 Summer Programme in Data Analysis
Since 2000, York University's Summer Program in Data Analysis (SPIDA) has provided intensive courses designed to train social science researchers in applied data analysis. While the techniques are applicable widely, SPIDA aims to encourage analysis of Statistics Canada's longitudinal surveys, available at the Research Data Centres in a number of universities across Canada, including York.
This year’s seven-day course is devoted to Structural Equation Modeling. The SPIDA program is strongly oriented to the development of working skills in data analysis, as well as providing participants with the necessary statistical background for those skills.
Each day consists of a lecture presentation in the morning and an afternoon computer lab. Our goal is to provide participants with the knowledge, techniques, and skills to use these methods in their own research.
Because of the cancellation of the SSHRC-Statistics Canada funding for Data Training Schools, we are no longer able to subsidize participants' travel and accommodation costs, and fees have been increased. The cost of SPIDA is still below that of comparable large-scale academic programs, however, and much less than private sector offerings.