Introduction to survey data by

This free, interactive module by the UK Data Service is designed for anyone who wants to start using secondary data and introduces you to the skills you need to use large-scale social survey data for your research.

This course covers the following units:

  • Unit 1: What are Survey Data?
  • Unit 2: Getting Started with Survey Data
  • Unit 3: Understanding your Data
  • Unit 4: Using Survey Weights
  • Unit 5: Visualising Data
  • Unit 6: Looking at two Variables to Understand Patterns
  • Unit 7: Sampling, Precision and Confidence Intervals
  • Unit 8: Next Steps and Certificate
  • What will I learn?

    In this module you will learn about how to find survey data from the UK and around the world, what you need to know about it before you can start analysing it, and how to produce simple tables and graphs for your research or reports.

  • Level: Introductory (no previous knowledge assumed)
  • Time: approx. 2-2.5 hours (you can dip in and out of the materials and return as you like)
  • Software: We use SPSS in the examples but you can do the examples in other statistical software. You can follow the module without having statistical software.
  • Dataset used: Quarterly Labour Force Survey, January-March 2015: Unrestricted Access Teaching Dataset
  • Certificate of completion available: Yes
  • The full module will take approximately 2.0-2.5 hours to complete. You can dip in and out of the materials and at the end of the module you can earn a certificate of completion.

    Click here to begin Introduction to Survey Data.

    More data skills modules available and will continue to add modules UK Data Service collection - see the website to explore the full suite of modules on offer.