Introduction to STATA training course organized at the University of Ibadan, Ibadan

Mr John Mazunda facilitating the stata training course in University of Ibadan, Ibadan.

An “Introduction to STATA” training course was held at the University of Ibadan on March 1‐2, 2016 for 23 members of the faculty and graduate student body (with a very substantial number of female researchers participated in the course). The training course covered a basic introduction to the use of STATA for data storage, data cleaning, and statistical analysis. Earlier recommendations from a similar course undertaken at Ahmadu Bello University in the previous quarter were taken into account to improve time management. In particular, a trial version of STATA for all participants was provided so that everyone was using the same version. Secondly, the number of participants involved in the training course was reduced to enable the team of trainers to provide support without disrupting the flow of the course.

Participants at the stata training course held at University of Ibadan, Ibadan.

Thirdly, trainers had multiple USB drives with activity files that were prepared for each section of the training in order to quickly bring a participant up to the section that is being taught should they arrive late or have an issue with their files and to combat the issue of viruses, which infected many of the participants’ computers. These steps helped to improve time management and allow for the training course to cover more information.