As part of a comprehensive process aimed at enhancing the research and data management capacities of state agencies active in the migration field in order to contribute to sound policy-making in Armenia, from the 17th to the 19th of July, ICMPD in Armenia organised the third training on Research Methodology and Alternative Sources of Migration Data. The aim of the training was to improve the capacities of relevant Government institutions and national experts to monitor, research, investigate and analyse migration-related developments in order to provide timely, accurate, independent and impartial assessments, as well as expert advice on the migration situation in Armenia.
Mr. Silvan Zammit, ICMPD expert and staff member of the Malta Statistics Authority, introduced the participants to SPSS® for Windows, a popular and comprehensive data analysis package containing a multitude of features designed to facilitate the execution of a wide range of statistical analyses. SPSS for Windows is used to organize, analyze and interpret the data gathered through quantitative and qualitative research methods. Mr. Zammit described in detail how to work with SPSS output, generate reports and represent data graphically, transform and recode data, as well as aggregate datasets and use the SPSS syntax.
This training focused on helping participants become competent and confident users of SPSS, able to conduct independent data analysis for their research needs. Instead of being purely theory-oriented, the emphasis was placed on the practical application of a variety of statistical techniques to datasets.
This training event was the third in a series of trainings on research methodology aimed at improving migration data collection and utilisation in Armenia.