On the 8th and 9th of June, ICMPD in Armenia organised the second training on research methodology and alternative sources of migration data for the relevant Government institutions and national experts, within the framework of the MIBMA project. The aim of the training was to introduce participants to the main features of data management, from storage to simple data mining techniques and ways of representing it in tabular and graphical form.
Mr. Silvan Zammit, ICMPD expert and staff member of the Malta Statistics Authority, presented the fundamental issues of applied statistics, including questionnaire design, basic sampling techniques, data and metadata management, and simple analytics, covering both theoretical and practical aspects. As a foundation course in statistical data analysis, the training served to set the grounds for the application of effective research methodology, as well as to prepare participants for the second part of the course which will introduce them to some of the most widely used database (MS Access) and statistical (SPSS) software.
The training helped to improve the skills of relevant government institutions and national stakeholders involved in the study and utilisation of migration data. This was required to ensure a better treatment, analysis, and interpretation of data that would lead to more accurate and independent statistics that present a true and factual picture of migration in Armenia for better decision making using sound methodologies which may be explained to non-technical people.
This training was the second one in a series of trainings on research methodology aimed at improving migration data collection and utilisation in Armenia.