Basic statistics and data interpretation

14 April 2021, 2.00 PM - 14 April 2021, 3.00 PM


Hosted by the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration West 

This online course is for anyone who needs to know more about interpreting data or statistics.

This course is aimed at anyone who needs to interpret the more commonly reported statistics in academic papers and scientific reports. Further, if you are analysing data from a service evaluation or research project and need to present the results and perform simple statistical analyses, this course is for you.

We will cover:

  • Identifying different types of data
  • Summarising data (using graphs and summary statistics)
  • Interpretation of commonly used statistical terms such as hypothesis testing, confidence
  • intervals, and p-values
  • Identifying the best statistical tests for different types of data
  • Interpretation of basic statistical tests such as t-tests and chi-squared tests
  • Interpretation of measures of association (such as odds ratios and risk ratios)

This course was originally face-to-face but has been moved online due to COVID-19 restrictions. The interactive part of the course will consist of a one hour question and answer session with all the tutors.

Prior to attending, you should access the course content which consists of video presentations slides with audio voiceover that you can watch at your convenience (total time 2+ hours). In addition there are some short pen and paper exercises to complete.

Details of how to access the videos will be emailed to you approximately two weeks prior to the question and answer session to give you time to complete the course content before attending this session.

Joining instructions

To apply for a place on this course, please complete an application form.

Contact information

For more information contact Jon Kerslake on

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