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Training Courses

18 January 2006

The First EPUNet training course

Essex, May 2004

The first EPUNet training course was held at ISER at the University of Essex in May of 2004. 10 people attended the course, which was taught by Karen Robson, Cheti Nicoletti and Kimberly Fisher, all experienced
ECHP users and members of the ISER staff. Most of the students, who came from Spain, Italy, Germany, Denmark, Austria, the United Kingdom and the United States, were new users of the ECHP. Analysis was based on STATA. The course consisted of teaching and lectures in the morning, and hands-on laboratory sessions in the afternoon.

The 3 sessions given by Cheti Nicoletti can be downloaded:

As well as the presentation by Marcia Taylor


Second EPUNet Training Course Report

Dublin, September 2004

The second training course on analysis of the ECHP was held at ESRI (IE), based on SPSS, from 6th-10th September 2004. Future courses are described below. Ten participants from universities and research institutes in Ireland, the UK, Italy, Belgium, Greece and Hungary attended the course:

Eirini Andriopoulou Athens University of Economics and Business
Simona Baldi Fondazione Rodolfo Debenedetti, Milan
Finbarr Brereton University College Dublin, Ireland
Hugo Figueiredo Manchester School of Management
Naomi Finch SPRU, York
Silja Lupsik NUI, Galway
Renata Nemeth National Centre for Epidemiology, Budapest, Hungary
Fei Peng University of Birmingham
Stijn Rottiers University of Antwerp, Belgium
Leen Vandencasteele Cathie Marsh Centre for Census and Survey Research; University of Manchester, UK

The course was designed for new users of the ECHP and was structured with presentations in the mornings and lab sessions in the afternoons. The main course presenters were Dorothy Watson, Bertrand Maξtre and Bernadette Ryan. In addition, there were topical presentations by James Williams (on background of the ECHP and file structure), Richard Layte (using the ECHP to examine poverty dynamics), and Chris Whelan (using Latent Class models to examine multiple deprivation). At the end of the course, the trainees were given a CD with the following documents:
• Complete slide presentations by course instructors
• Core ECHP documents distributed by Eurostat
• The EPUNet ECHP User Guide
• Syntax files for examples used in the lab sessions
• Syntax files for reading ECHP data into SPSS (includes variable and value labels, definition of missing values) The slides from the
course are available :

Third EPUNet training course on Advanced Panel Analysis

Tilburg, March 11-15, 2005

The third EPUNet training course, on advanced panel analysis, was held from March 11-15, 2005. It was organised at Tilburg University (TISSER - Tilburg Institute for Social and Socio-Economic Research, The Department of Social and Cultural Sciences and the Department of Methods) by Ruud Muffels, and the instructors were Ruud Muffels, Jeroen Vermunt, Wilfred Uunk, and Didier Fouarge. There were 13 participants from Germany, Belgium, Spain, Greece, Italy, Finland, Ireland and the UK.

Participants at the Tilburg Training Course

Ms. Eirini Andriopolou Athens University of Economics and Business
Ms. Sara Ayllon U.A. Barcelona
Ms. Annelies Debels K.U. Leuven
Ms. Martina Dieckhoff Nuffield College
Mr. Juho Harkonen European University Institute
Ms. Janine Leschke WZ Berlin
Mr. Henning Lohmann University of Cologne
Dr. Anne Nolan ESRI
Ms. Serena Pattaro Nuffield College
Ms. Leira Salazar Nuffield College
Ms. Alison Smith Nuffield College
Dr. Jan Van Bavel K.U. Leuven
Ms. Leen Vandecasteele K.U. Leuven

Coverage and Goals

The course was designed to enable students to:
• Work with longitudinal data and in particular with the ECHP User Database file
• Have a basic understanding of data issues such as attrition, imputation of missing information, and of known issues with the comparability of data across countries/regions/waves
• Understand the main differences between panel-data and cross-sectional data analyses and between retrospective and prospective designs
• Understand the methodology of various panel data analysis techniques
• Understand the way categorical dependent variables are to be analysed using panel-data
• Understand the methodology of event history and panel regression techniques and how it can be estimated using statistical packages such as SPSS or STATA
• Understand the methodology of multi-level techniques and how it can be estimated using packages like STATA
• Know how to use the data and to prepare the data for panel-data analyses (event-history and panel-regression)

Outline of the course available for download:

Fourth EPUNet Training Course

Berlin, April 11-15, 2005

The fourth EPUNet training course, for new users using SPSS, was held from April 11-15, 2005 at DIW Berlin. It was organised by Olaf Jόrgens and Joachim Frick. The instructors were Olaf Jόrgens and Christian Schmitt. There were 10 participants from institutions in Spain, the UK, Italy, Greece.

Participants at the Berlin Training Course
Mr. Christos Zografos Scottish Agricultural College
Ms. Asimina Christoforou Athens U. Economics & Business
Dr. Seraphim Alvanides University of Newcastle
Mr. Sergi Vidal Torre University Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona
Ms. Silvia Rueda Pozo University Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona
Ms. Chuang Yan Ip Nuffield College, Oxford
Dr. Lorenzo Todesco University of Turin
Prof. Mike Rose University of Bath
Ms. Efrosyni Adamopoulou University of Patras
Ms. Sara McLoughlin University of Nottingham

Coverage and Goals

The course, for new users of the ECHP, was designed to enable participants to:
• Handle original Eurostat UDB distribution (converting ASCII-files to SPSS-format files)
• Handle different data sets provided with the UDB distribution
• Matching within waves to collect information on individual and household level
• Analysing complex cross-sectional data at individual or household level
• Matching information for individuals across waves
• Using cross-sectional weights and longitudinal weights
• Basic cross-country analysis
• Make use of online resources
• Start own research projects using ECHP-UDB data.

At the end of course, the participants were given a zip-file containing the presentations and the syntax files used in the course as well as general ECHP documentation. An outline of the material covered in the course is available on the EPUNet website.
The slides from the
course are available :

Fifth Training Course

Differdange, November 21-25 2005

The fifth Training Course hosted in Differdange, Luxembourg
was an advaned level course held during November 21-25 2005.
A report is available as a pdf file.

Pictures taken at the course

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