Workshop Enrollment: Introduction to Data Analysis with SPSS

A 4-Module Online, Interactive Workshop

Starts Thursday, June 18, 2020

OVERWHELMED trying to run statistics in SPSS?

LOST when trying to analyze data?

WANT a starting point for developing statistical analysis skills?

This online workshop is for you….

I’m Karen Grace-Martin, workshop instructor.

My goal is that by the end of the workshop, you will have a strong foundation for running statistical tests with SPSS, including working with data sets, defining and recoding variables, and running univariate and bivariate descriptives, tests, and graphs.

In this four-module online workshops, we’ll provide a great introduction for anyone learning statistics in SPSS for the first time, or for SPSS users who have relied upon menus but want to learn the syntax.

Karen Grace-MartinKaren Grace-Martin MA

In this four-module live, online workshop, we’ll cover:

  • The SPSS environment and how it works, including menus and syntax
  • Defining and formatting variables in SPSS so they work with your analysis
  • Descriptive Statistics, Graphs, and Tests for one or two categorical or numerical variables
  • Editing and Customizing Graphs and Tables professionally and efficiently
  • And more!

Who Is This Workshop For?

This workshop is suitable for students and professionals. It’s a Stage 1 workshop and it covers both data analysis skills and software skills.

This workshop is for you if you:

  • You’re new to statistics and you now need to implement them in SPSS.
  • You’re working on your first research project.
  • You’re familiar with another statistical software package, but want to learn SPSS.
  • You’ve never used anything other than Excel and want to learn SPSS.
  • You’ve used SPSS before, but are struggling through it. (Maybe you were self-taught and could use an overview, or maybe you haven’t had to use statistics in a while and would now love a refresher.)
  • You’re pretty familiar with SPSS windows, but would like to learn syntax to improve efficiency and reproducibility.

It is NOT for you if you:

  • You’ve used SPSS for years and have the fundamentals down.
  • You’ve never taken any statistics classes before and don’t understand basic statistical concepts.

“It was great to see someone using R ‘live’ to see how it works.”

— Cate Bailey, Casual Research, Faculty of Health, Deakin University, Previous workshop participant —

How Does It Work?

This course is an 4-module live, interactive online workshop.

All lessons are conducted online via live webinar. You’ll see the instructor’s screen to view the presentation…all from your own home or office.

During each session, the instructor will cover core concepts and steps and will leave plenty of time to ask your own questions.

Have more questions? No problem!

In addition to the four lessons, you’ll also meet with your instructor for four additional Q&A sessions where you can get additional assistance on workshop concepts, deepen your knowledge, and clarify any questions.

All 4 Workshop Sessions and 4 Q&A Sessions Are Recorded for Your Convenience.

Where Do I Access Recordings and Material?

For each of the four modules, you will have a set of training resources and material.

As a participant of the Introduction to SPSS workshop, you can access these for 12 months in our participant-only website.

Data Sets
Real research data sets in SPSS format.

Exercises + Solutions
Try out what you’ve learned in each module to cement the material. Never get stuck with provided syntax and interpretations.

Available to download so you can save and edit them for your own analysis.

Forum Access
Ask your instructor about workshop content or how to apply it to your own data analysis.

Of what we cover each session to support your learning.

Q&A Recordings
Can’t make a live Q&A? Submit questions ahead of time and get answers from the recording.

Session Recordings
Made available within 48 hours so you can review material at your preferred schedule.

Suggested Resources
External videos, articles, or exercises that we recommend to support your learning.

You’ll have access to this site and all the related materials and resources for ONE FULL YEAR. That means you can re-watch sessions and ask additional questions again during that 12-month period.

Often, our students report they understand the material at a deeper level on a second or third pass. You’ll learn more every time, so take advantage of it!

“I’m a new R user; it just gave me another motivation why I need to learn it further. Great work.”

— Essam Alshreafi, Network Optimization Manager, Danone North America, Previous workshop participant —

What’s Covered in the Workshop?

We’re covering everything you need to confidently get started preparing data, running one and two-variable statistics, creating and editing tables and graphs. We’ll include:

1. Getting Acquainted with the SPSS Environment

  • The Data View, Variable View, Output, and Syntax Window
  • Working with Menus
  • Changing Options
  • Syntax Rules
  • Useful Features

2. Getting Started with Data

  • Opening and Importing Data Files
  • Saving and Subsetting Data Sets
  • Naming, renaming, and labeling variables
  • Defining variable types, widths, missing values, and levels of measurement

3. Univariate Descriptives, Graphs, and Tests

  • Descriptive statistics for Categorical and Numerical Variables
  • Bar charts for Categorical Variables
  • Histograms and Box Plots
  • One sample t-tests and non-parametric tests

4. Working with Data

  • Sorting Data
  • Selecting Data
  • Splitting Data
  • Merging Data
  • Aggregating Data

5. Creating and Recoding Variables

  • String Variables rules and recoding
  • Recoding and Creating Numerical Variables
  • Date Variables
  • Checking your work

6. Bivariate Descriptives, Graphs, and Tests: Two Categorical Variables

  • Grouped Box Plots, Histograms, and Line Graphs
  • Two-Sample t-Tests
  • Two-Sample t-Tests
  • One-Way ANOVA
  • Wilcoxon Rank Sum
  • Wilcoxon Sign Rank
  • Friedman’s Test

7. Bivariate Descriptives, Graphs, and Tests: Two Numerical Variables

  • Scatter Plots for Two Numerical Values
  • Pearson and Spearman Correlations
  • Simple Linear Regression

8. Bivariate Descriptives, Graphs, and Tests: One Numerical and One Categorical Variable

Dates and Times

There are four workshop modules, each with a lesson and a Q&A session (plus supporting materials).

We will meet on Thursdays at Noon, US Eastern. The workshop sessions are approximately 2 hours long, including time for questions.

Workshop Orientation (Optional):

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 from 12 Noon to 1pm (GMT-4)

Live Workshop Dates: Thursdays from 12 Noon – 2pm (GMT-4)

Module 1 – June 18

Module 2 – June 25

Module 3 – July 2

Module 4 – July 9

Q&A Session Dates: Wednesdays from 12 Noon to 1pm (GMT-4)

Module 1 – June 24

Module 2 – July 1

Module 3 – July 8

Module 4 – July 15

Remember, everything is recorded and available for you to watch at your convenience, should you be unable to attend a live session.

Also, you have access to all the class materials for a full 12 months from your enrollment date.


Full Workshop Investment: $297

(student discount available)

Pay in Full or in 3 installments of $99 (Your first installment will be billed today and your credit card will automatically be billed every 30 days for the remaining 2 payments)

About Your Instructor

Hi, I’m Karen Grace-Martin, your workshop instructor.

As president and founder of The Analysis Factor, I’ve been supporting researchers like you through their statistical planning, analysis, and interpretation since 1997.

My goal is to help you improve your statistical literacy so you can bring your important research results into the light with confidence.

Karen Grace-Martin
Karen Grace-Martin MA, MA

“For me, it was a good introduction to R, using simpler (well understood) statistical techniques that did not detract from the introduction to R.”

— Martin Watts, Ph.D., President, FORCOMP Forestry Consulting Ltd., Previous workshop participant —


So what kind of background in statistics do you need?

This workshop will show you how to use SPSS to apply the statistical knowledge you’ve already acquired in an Introductory Statistics course. It assumes you’ve never used SPSS before, though you may be familiar with using a different statistical software.

We’re assuming you understand fundamental statistical concepts, like:

  • How to interpret descriptive statistics like frequency tables, central tendency, and spread
  • Basic hypothesis testing and confidence intervals for one or two variables
  • The different types of univariate and bivariate graphs, like histograms, scatterplots, box plots and bar charts

If you have questions about whether you’re ready for this class, just email us. We’ll give you our honest opinion and won’t pressure you into anything. We want you to succeed!

Your Satisfaction Is Guaranteed

As with all of our programs, your satisfaction is guaranteed. Your registration fee is fully refundable for any reason up to the close of enrollment, no questions asked. Once the refund period ends and the workshop begins, we want you to be satisfied. If you participate fully in a workshop – watch, read, and try out what is included – and find you are not satisfied, we will give you a full refund. Just notify us within 90 days of purchasing the program.


Q: I haven’t taken a statistics course in years. Will I be able to keep up?

A: As long as you have the suggested prerequisites (a strong understanding of fundamental statistical concepts), you should be fine.

However, you WILL need to spend some time each week, both going over the material and also “getting your hands dirty” with some data. Expect to spend 4-5 hours per week reviewing the material and doing the exercises, and re-running class examples on your own.

And if you have questions during the workshop, make sure to attend the Q&A sessions and/or post a question in the Workshop Center to clarify anything you’re not clear on.

You know how this goes: The more time you put in, the deeper your understanding.

Q: What’s your refund policy?

A: Your registration fee is fully refundable up to 72 hours before your first class session. No refunds will be granted after the program begins.

Q: Do you offer student discounts?

A: Yes, we do! Current students with a valid ID can register for up to 20% off the standard rate. Click here to receive our student discount on all our workshops: Student Discount List

Q: Things are very busy at work right now, and I’m afraid I won’t have time to keep up. How much time per week does this really take?

A: We’ve worked hard to make sure people can take a workshop in the midst of their normal work life.

Each workshop webinar session is 1.5- 2 hours, whether you attend live or listen to the recording.

Each week, we have a one-hour Q&A session. You don’t have to attend, we just make those available so you can have any questions answered or listen in on others’ questions.

We provide exercises, answers and data sets, so you can practice what you’ve learned each week and get help in the Q&As. These will take you a few hours each week, maybe up to 3 or so. The exercises aren’t required—you’re not graded. But we’ve gotten feedback that they’re very helpful, as it allows you to practice and figure out what you did and didn’t understand.

In other words, each week, there are approximately 2 hours of instruction, one hour of Q&A, and about 2-3 hours of practice time. So if you have a crazy hectic week during the workshop, you have time to catch up with our live sessions. But If you have a crazy hectic month, you may be better off waiting as you won’t really have a chance to catch up.

One reminder: You have access to the workshop website, all materials, and a place to ask questions for a year. So if you get behind, you aren’t missing out. You can catch up on your schedule.

Q: I teach/work/sleep during this time and cannot attend live. Is there any way to register and access the webinar sessions later?

A: Yes! We have participants from many time zones with many different work schedules. In order to support our diverse student base, all material – including the workshop sessions and Q&As — are recorded and made available to students within 48 hours. They’re screenshot video files, so you’ll hear the instructor talking and see her screen, just as live participants do. You can even submit questions for written answers any time between sessions. Many students take the entire workshop in this manner, never attending a session live.

Q: I’m outside the U.S. Can I still participate?

A: Yes. We have participants in our workshops from many different countries. You will want a fast internet connection and either a computer speaker or a telephone if you plan to attend live.

Q: Can I pay with Paypal?

A: Yes. When you check out, you can pay directly using our system or paying with Paypal. However, the three-payment option is not available using PayPal.

Q: Can I join the Q&A webinars from my tablet or phone?

A: Yes. You can join all webinar sessions from your Apple or Android device by downloading a free GoToMeeting app. We recommend a bigger screen than a phone, though, as it may be hard to read.

Q: This really isn’t a good time for me. Will you be offering this workshop again soon?

A: We don’t have a set schedule for running each workshop. We try to schedule each workshop every 12-18 months, though very popular workshops may be offered more often. We are sometimes unable to re-run a workshop if the instructor becomes unavailable so there are no guarantees that any workshop will be run again.

If you think you’ll need the material in the next half-year or so, I would suggest registering now. You’ll get all the materials to download and review at your convenience, and you can attend again for free any time in the next 12 months.

Have additional questions? We’re here to help! Just email us at