Online Course: Introduction to Understanding Society using Stata, SPSS and SAS

What is the purpose of this course?

Understanding Society has a complex sample design and consequently a complex data structure. Thus, analysing the data requires a good understanding of the general structure of the survey, the sample design and the data. The Introduction to Understanding Society online course in Stata, SPSS or SAS comprises of a series of worked out examples in the respective programming language. The accompanying syntax files are also provided.

Who is the course suitable for?

The course is aimed at new users of Understanding Society, as well as those who have so far only made use of simpler aspects of the data. Note that the online course materials for the Stata version of the course were used as the model for the SPSS and SAS versions. The course includes a number of additional example applications.

What will I learn?

  • About the sample design, questionnaire content, survey instruments of the study
  • How to use the online documentation to find out what data are available
  • How to create merged longitudinal files with data from multiple waves
  • How to combine individual and household level information for analysis, and to generate household level variables from individual level data
  • How to match information from separate household members to each other, so that household effects can be analysed
  • How to select and use the appropriate weights and account for the complex survey design
  • How to identify and use the BHPS sample for analysis. This is particularly important for those who want to continue using the BHPS (which was integrated into Understanding Society after 18 waves) as a standalone longitudinal dataset.

Other recommended courses

To know more about the BHPS we recommend that you enrol in the Introduction to BHPS using Stata course.

How to sign-up

Non-Essex University User

  1. Sign up to MoodleX by filling in this online registration form.
  2. After signing up you will receive an email with an activation link in it. Please use this to activate your MoodleX account..
  3. Login to your MoodleX account and browse the course catalogue. Clicking on 'Institute for Social and Economic Research' will display a list of all our training courses.

Essex University User

  1. Login into Moodle Essex using your University of Essex login and password
  2. Then click on the "Jump to MoodleX” link that will appear on the right hand panel
  3. Once you have logged in, you can browse the course catalogue. Clicking on 'Institute for Social and Economic Research' will display a list of all our training courses.

Having problems?

If you have any problems enrolling on these courses please email Alita Nandi or Stephanie Auty. If you are a University of Essex user please contact the IT help desk.

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