Data analysis: Turning numbers into narrative

One of the best ways to understand a problem in a particular context, and identify who needs to do what, when and where, is to look at data. Numbers have a great way of taking assumptions out of a problem, and when used from a behavioural perspective, can be a powerful tool for guiding programs and decision-making.

In this course, we’ll discuss how to find and utilise quantitative data (i.e., numeric information captured through surveys, administrative data and observation) and turn those numbers into a useful narrative.

Through a simple, pain-free approach, we’ll guide you through matching your research questions to analysis techniques and teach you how to conduct simple analyses and present and interpret your findings.

This course is for project managers and practitioners who don’t have expertise in stats and are interested in understanding behaviour when tackling common and complex problems. You won’t need any advanced statistical software, as examples and activities are conducted through Microsoft Excel and Google Sheets.

What you’ll learn

All BehaviourWorks’ short courses support skills development and the practical application of behavioural science theories, tools, techniques and methods.

By attending this short course you will:

  • understand why and how data can be useful for exploring problems
  • learn and apply simple analysis techniques (descriptive statistics, t-tests, chi-square tests, correlations) to answer relevant questions
  • learn how to effectively present your results to support decision- making.

BWA Toolbox Series of practical short courses

BehaviourWorks Australia Toolbox series of practical short courses are designed to support skills development and the application of behavioural science theories,  techniques and methods. See our other short courses:

Exploring the problem with data

This Toolbox Series is aligned to the BehaviourWorks Method and a new book that is being published for free over the course of 2021.

The presenters of this course (see below) are the authors of Chapter 3 – Exploring the problem with data.

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Frequently asked questions

What format of course do you run?

Our training portfolio offers a variety of opportunities to suit a wide range of needs, from half-day or two day short introduction or foundation programs, a 15 hour skills development course (toolbox series/short courses) to an eight week bootcamp, and our 12 week accredited program. We also welcome applications for our doctoral program for the truly behaviour obsessed!

Can you provide training for my organisation?

We have specialist courses for organisations, from a coaching and mentoring team-based bootcamp to bespoke, tailored programing to meet identified needs within your team. Please get in touch to discuss you requirements.

How often do the courses run?

We have a calendar of delivery dates for open to market offerings. If there is something you are interested in that is not in the calendar, let us know!

What makes your course different to a traditional university course?

All BWA programs focus on providing our participants with the knowledge and confidence to apply practical behaviour change tools and methods in their workplace/life.

Who runs the course?

All our courses are delivered by the experienced and engaging BWA applied research team. The researchers are all engaged with cutting-edge projects with clients, using evidence based behavioural science to address real world problems. This means we draw on live examples and personally developed case studies in the programs.

How much experience do I need to participate?

We offer programs to suit everyone, from those who are just starting to explore behaviour change and what it offers, to those who have already been applying in their work and want to boost their toolkit, to organisations who want to support their own behavioural insights team.

Is behaviour change applicable to my industry?

Understanding WHO needs to DO WHAT differently, and exploring why people do the things they do, is at the heart of many government departments, industries and life itself! All our work is underpinned by the Sustainable Development Goals, and we work across sectors including health, societal equity, financial development and environmental protection. If you work with people and problems, a behavioural perspective could be extremely helpful in increasing your program or policy effectiveness.

I am not based in Victoria - do you have any online offerings?

Yes! We have online courses with the same content and same fantastic interactive delivery techniques as our face to face programs. We design our online programs with flexibility in mind, so that working professionals and others can easily access the content at a time that suits their needs.