SERISS Work Package 5, Training and Dissemination, addresses specific training of staff working in cross-national social science research and infrastructures. The work package aims to design trainings and training materials for tools developed in SERISS and to provide training on data management, data handling and harmonisation, as well as on statistical analysis to a wider social science community. By sharing resources and skills training will have considerable value beyond infrastructure specific initiatives. The SERISS project therefore develops a programme of face-to-face training events and online resources to disseminate learning from the project among other researchers and social science infrastructures.

The training covers four main topics:

  • Tools for cross-national research

To facilitate the wider use of tools developed in SERISS’ WP3, WP4, WP7, and WP8, work package 5 designs a series of training modules on how to use these tools, consisting of individual modules that can be mixed and matched for online and face-to-face training.

  • Data management

SERISS Training on Data Management focuses on the development of training modules for the following three topics: 1) Preparing for data collection (including ethical, legal and disclosure issues); 2) how to archive data (including preparing data documentation, anonymisation, licensing, metadata); and 3) how to best disseminate data.

  • Handling and harmonising survey data

Based on an online library for data harmonisation that will be created in WP4, training modules providing common and efficient solutions for the handling and harmonisation of survey data will be developed. In order to ensure more efficient dissemination of these materials, the training will also include train-the-trainer modules for methods teachers.

  • Statistical training for secondary data users

SERISS statistical training develops a series of training courses in survey methods and data analysis both online and face-to-face. These modules aim to broaden the scope of the initiative and to deliver courses of relevance to users of a variety of survey programmes.

For further information please refer to the course descriptions.