Research Support

These resources are targeted at Early Career Researchers who would like to learn new quantitative methods or extend their knowledge in this area.

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These various guides, worksheets, and videos will also help any researcher, in any stage of their career, who wants to widen their expertise and develop new quantitative analysis skills.


Resources: Quantitative Analysis Documents

Q-Step Sheffield has developed numerous “How to Guides” and helpful videos on how to conduct different methodologies for different statistical analysis programmes, including SPSS, R, and Stata.

SPSS “How to” Guides and Videos

These guides provide guidance on how to recode variables and run and interpret regression in SPSS. We have also created videos that demonstrate how to use STATA to make histograms, conduct regression, setting missing values, among other useful methods.

Website Worksheets - SPSS - Recoding Categorical Variables PDF (974KB)

Website Worksheets - SPSS - Running Linear Regression PDF (659KB)

Time Series “How to” Guide

This guide takes you through an example of time series data and time series analysis, using data from the World Bank.

Website Worksheets - time series PDF (439KB)

Accessing Data “How to” Guides

These documents provide useful information and guidance on how to use data from the UK Data Service and the UK Census.

Website Worksheets - Accessing Data - UK Census Data PDF (2.6MB)

Website Worksheets - Accessing Data - UK Data Service PDF (2.2MB)


“Communicating your Research”

This lecture video series consist of 10 mini-series, comprising of 3-5 short videos, that explores and discusses the best way to communicate your research using data visualisation. In these series, we will examine and think about the role that data visualisation plays in society, how different visualisations might be prepared for different audiences, and ‘best practice’ factors to consider when creating your own graphs in order to clearly and effectively communicate your research.

Data Visualisation Series 1 - Introduction to Data Vis

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Data Visualisation Series 2 - The Grammar of Graphics

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Data Visualisation Series 3 - Tufte’s Principles of Data Visualisation

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Data Visualisation Series 4 - Colours and Shapes

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Data Visualisation Series 5 - Seeing Data

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Data Visualisation Series 6 - Maps

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Data Visualisation Series 7 - More Maps and Boundaries

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Data Visualisation Series 8 - Telling Stories

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Data Visualisation Series 9 - Covid-19 and Data Visualisation

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Data Visualisation Series 10 - Finding Datasets 

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Data Visualisation - Instructional “R” Guides

These detailed 9 Lab Worksheets walk you through the creation of data visualisations using R software. They are simple, straightforward and also a great introduction to statistical analysis. Through these worksheets we learn how to create bar graphs, scatter plots, maps and even interactive data visualisations!

Suggested Tips: 

  • We have made a short video to accompany each worksheet in order to ease you into the labs - we recommend watching them!
  • When an error message comes up in your console, the simplest way to resolve the problem is to google them (feel free to copy paste them into your browser search engine). Use helpful forums such as ‘Stackoverflow” and the RStudio community boards to troubleshoot different solutions.

Data Visualisation Worksheets 1 to 9 Combined PDF (5.3MB)

Links to accompanying videos:

Data Visualisation Worksheet 1

Data Visualisation Worksheet 2

Data Visualisation Worksheet 3

Data Visualisation Worksheet 4 

Data Visualisation Worksheet 5 

Data Visualisation Worksheet 6

Data Visualisation Worksheet 7

Data Visualisation Worksheet 8

Data Visualisation Worksheet 9

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