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Social Research Methods Part 5

Data literacy, storytelling and influencing decision-makers

Delivered by Institute for Social Science Research


The course provides participants with key knowledge and skills to identify, interpret and draw informed conclusions from various data sources and translate these insights into compelling narratives to influence policy and practice.

The course provides opportunities to practice the skills learnt during practical activities and group work by applying learning to real-world research and policy scenarios. The presenters bring their expertise, experience, and insights from working on a wide range of research projects, including large-scale mixed methods and multimethod evaluations, and longitudinal quantitative and qualitative research designs.

Upcoming courses

Delivery mode
online, online classroom
22 October 2024
9am–5pm (GMT+10) Brisbane time
Time commitment
7 hours

Who should attend

  • Research and policy officers in government, NGOs or the private sector interested in making better use of data evidence
  • Students seeking to enhance employability for research, policy and/or advocacy roles

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements for this course.

What you'll learn

  • Understand how the design of a study impacts data collection and interpretation to recognise the strengths and limitations of various data sources
  • Gain knowledge of fundamental data terms and statistical concepts to interpret data accurately
  • Understand the principles for translating data into influential data stories for different audiences
  • Develop knowledge and skills to assess and synthesise different data sources, including understanding how to use visualisations to support key messages

Time commitment

This is an online course that will require roughly 7 hours to complete.

  • 1 full day from 9am to 5pm (AEST)


There are no assessments for this short course.

Certification and accreditation

Students who successfully complete the course will receive a Certificate of Completion to verify their skills and achievements.


Dr Mark Robinson
Dr Mark Robinson
Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Social Science Research
Dr Jenny van der Arend
Dr Jenny van der Arend
Principal Research Officer, Institute for Social Science Research


Applicant Price
Standard rate A$610
Early bird (book and pay 5 weeks before the course starts) A$506
Groups of 3 or more (per person) A$488
UQ students A$427
Other students A$458

Registration closes 7 days before the course starts.

The course will only proceed if there are 6 or more participants.

GST is included in the cost

Discounts can't be used with other discounts, offers or special promotions.

Payment options

We accept credit cards (Visa/MasterCard) for payment, including corporate credit cards. We can also invoice corporate and government clients. If you want to discuss payment options, please contact our team at

Related courses

This course is part of the Social Research Methods suite. There are 11 courses within this suite – see the other related courses below:


Institute for Social Science Research

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