Research Workshop Series

LATIS offers a series of workshops created by our experts that are free and open to all faculty and graduate students. Join our LATIS Research Workshops Google Group to be the first to learn about workshops. Joining the group is highly recommended as these workshops are popular and often fill to capacity. You can view the slides and materials from past workshops at the LATIS Workshop Materials website.

Intro to NVivo

Friday, September 14, 2018 I 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. I Appleby 128 I Register

NVivo is a qualitative data management, coding and markup tool, that facilitates powerful querying and exploration of source materials for both mixed methods and qualitative analysis. The software is provided for faculty and graduate students of the College of Liberal Arts and the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. This workshop introduces the basic functions of NVivo, with no prior experience necessary. The session is held in a computer lab with the software already installed.


Intro to R

Friday, September 28, 2018 I 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. I Bruininks 420B I Register

R is a popular tool for data analysis and statistical computing, and is a great alternative to tools like SPSS, Stata, or Excel. R is free and designed for reproducible research. This workshop will teach you how to get started using R to explore and clean your data. We will focus on issues social scientists often encounter when using data in R.


Intro to GitHub

Friday, October 12, 2018 I 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. I Bruininks 420B I Register

GitHub is a web application for hosting, sharing, and tracking digital assets like source code and datasets.  GitHub, and the git family of tools, keep track of changes to your files as you work, and provide easy ways to integrate changes from multiple people.  If you’ve ever found yourself making files named “copy_copy_final” and “copy_copy_real_final”, GitHub is for you.


Intro to ATLAS.ti

Friday, October 26, 2018 I 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. I Appleby 128 I Register

ATLAS.ti is a long-standing qualitative analysis program, used to organize, tag, and analyze a variety of research materials including text, audio, and visual sources. This workshop will give an introduction to the major functions and uses of this research tool including source material organization, codes and coding strategies, querying your materials, grouping and stored queries or super codes, backing up and sharing your project, and working collaboratively. (No prior experience with ATLAS.ti is necessary.)


Intro to Python

Friday, November 9, 2018 I 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. I Bruininks 420B I Register

Python has seen wide adoption in academic research because it is a powerful but easy-to-learn programming language. In this series of workshops, participants will learn about the advantages and disadvantages Python has as a programming language; how to write Python programs using a variety of functions, control structures, and data structures; and how to utilize those objects to acquire, analyze, and disseminate social science data.


Advanced NVivo

Friday, November 30, 2018 I 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. I Appleby 128 I Register

NVivo is a qualitative data management, coding and markup tool, that facilitates powerful querying and exploration of source materials for both mixed methods and qualitative analysis. The software is provided for faculty and graduate students of the College of Liberal Arts and the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. This workshop introduces the advanced functions of NVivo, with basic knowledge of NVivo recommended. The session is held in a computer lab with the software already installed.