Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods
Sefydliad Ymchwil Gymdeithasol ac Economaidd, Data a Dulliau Cymru

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WISERD TCB Event: Training on the National Survey for Wales

Room 0.84 , School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University, Glamorgan Building, King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff CF10 3WT


When: Wednesday 20th September  2017

Where: Room 0,84 (Computer Lab), School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University, Glamorgan Building, Cardiff, CF10 3WT 

Refreshments: Tea/coffee and lunch provided

This one-day event willbe led by experts from the National Survey for Wales and is aimed to provide social science researchers, policy practioners and others with knowledge and understanding of the National Survey for Wales, and the confidence to use it. The emphasis will be on the practical value of the survey data for investigating social issues in Wales and technical advice on methods of analysis. 

The National Survey for Wales is an important resource for the social sciences, social policy and public services, involving over 10,000 people a year across the whole of Wales. From 2016-17 the National Survey replaces the Welsh Health Survey, the Arts in Wales Survey, the Welsh Outdoor Recreation Survey and the Active Adults Survey. It covers a range of topics from local authority services, education, health and social care, as well as demographic questions and Welsh language.


The first part of the day will provide background and an overview of the design and methodology of the National Survey in 2016-17 with an introduction to the topics included in the latest survey as well as some of the key findings published to date. We will spend a short while looking at the results from the Volunteering questions, introduced for the first time in 2016-17. There will also be a presentation on the findings of the Welsh Language Use Survey, which was completed by those who identified themselves as Welsh speakers in the 2013-14 and 2014-15 National Surveys.


The afternoon will be a hands-on computer-based session, where attendees will be shown how to access the data, and given instruction on how to weight the data and conduct basic analysis using the survey, as well as being shown how to conduct some basic logistic regression analysis in SPSS. The final session will be a discussion on different types of survey analysis including a particular focus on regresssion analysis. 

 The format will be as follows:

09:15  – 09:30    –   Registration and refreshments

09:30  – 11:00    –   Session 1: Introduction to the NSW, design, key findings and analysis

11:00  – 11:15    –   Break

11:15  – 11:45    –   Session 2: Introduction to the Welsh Language Use Survey design, key findings and analysis

11:45 -  12:30    -    Session 3: Introduction to the NSW data

12:30  – 13:30    –   Lunch

13:30  – 14:30    –   Session 4: Practical session using National Survey data in SPSS

14:20  – 14:35    –   Break

14:45 –  15:30    –   Session 5: Introduction to regression - and a practical session using regression analysis 

To register for this event, please  click here