Short courses

Data analysis: Turning numbers into narrative

Toolbox series of short courses
Using data to identify who and what needs to change – 30 April to 7 May

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.

What’s involved?

The course consists of two online workshops plus 10 hours of self-paced learning between workshops, including access to online content and resources, tool application and peer learning.

Course dates and details

  • Online Workshop 1: Friday 30 April, 9:30 – 11:00 am

  • Online Workshop 2: Friday 7 May, 9:30 – 12:00 midday

  • Plus 10 hours of self-paced learning.

Cost: $660 incl. GST


*Registrations close 28 April 2021 (places are limited).*
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.

Meet your facilitators

Dr Fraser Tull

Fraser joined BehaviourWorks in 2014 and has been a Researcher-in-Residence with WorkSafe Victoria, Environment Protection Authority Victoria and VicRoads (now Department of Transport).

Fraser has been involved in training program design and delivery for several BWA partners; both for the masterclass and within the bespoke executive education training program.

In particular, Fraser has led the INSPIRE framework for improving written communications course and developed sessions around project evaluation and impact assessment, research methods and design.

Fraser also delivers workshops on how to evaluate behaviour change programs and how behavioural science approaches can be used to inform intervention development and implementation. Fraser teaches into the masters unit ‘Understanding human behaviour to influence change’, recognised for excellence by Monash University.

Dr Kun Zhao

Kun has delivered lectures and taught classes in behavioural science at the undergraduate and Masters level at Monash University, University of Melbourne, and the Australian National University, where she has covered topics such as health and wellbeing, education, work performance, economic decision-making and consumer behaviour.

Kun has also been involved in the BWA training program delivery on qualitative research methods, behavioural intervention design, and the relationship between personality and behaviour. Most recently she has designed and developed a program applying behavioural insights to communication strategy design.

Kun teaches into the masters unit ‘Understanding human behaviour to influence change’, recognised for excellence by Monash University. See Kun’s research profile here.

Kim Borg

Kim has experience in teaching and delivering workshops. She was a tutor at Monash University for two years teaching Behavioural Studies.

Kim has co-facilitated workshops with several BWA partner organisations on introduction to behaviour change and evaluating behaviour change interventions over the past five years. See Kim’s research profile here.