Graduate Student Training Workshop

Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Social Sciences 204
Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ

Topic: Data Management

Faculty Facilitator: Dr. Tashia Abry

In this workshop, we will learn about best practices in social science data preparation, management, and archiving, spanning the research cycle from study/project planning, data collection and analysis, to storage and sharing. An emphasis will be placed on practical tips, resources, and recommendations for managing data files and related documentation. Attendees should bring a laptop with access to *SPSS, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Word.

*SPSS will be used to illustrate certain principles (although any data management platform can be used). It is recommended for the workshop but not required.

Through a combination of lecture, discussion, and hands-on activities, attendees will:

  • Describe the need for proper handling of data preparation, management, and archiving
  • Identify the phases and elements of the data life cycle
  • Identify the components of a data management plan
  • List early considerations/decisions to be made at the project start
  • Identify and apply conventions for file and variable naming
  • Identify and apply conventions for data transformation and analysis
  • Identify integral supporting documentation and components
  • Describe recommended storage and security practices
  • Describe considerations regarding data sharing and depositing


Registration for this workshop is $400. Registration deadline is June 28, 2017.


Cancellation Policy – Cancellations requested prior to Tuesday, July 18, 2017 are eligible for a full refund (you will have to return $50 to ASU). No refunds will be granted after Tuesday, July 18, 2017.

Participation Requirements – Registered students must attend the entire workshop. Faculty will take attendance to ensure participation. Partial attendance will be considered a cancellation and a partial loss of registration funding that will need to be paid back to ASU.

Graduate Student Training Workshop