Introduction to Structural Equation Modelling (Using R)

Details: 

 

APPLICATIONS FOR THIS COURSE ARE NOW CLOSED.

Venue: Sheffield Methods Institute, ICOSS, 219 Portobello, Sheffield S1 4DP

Details

This is a one-day introductory workshop on structural equation modelling using R. Structural equation models (SEMs) are a diverse class of statistical models that include path analysis, confirmatory factor analysis, and models with structural and measurement components. SEMs are often used to measure unobservable "latent" constructs, which can be used to test relationships between observed and unobserved variables. SEMs can also be used to test for mediation or indirect effects, as well as to simultaneously estimate complex systems of relationships (i.e., multiple outcomes of interest). R is a powerful, open source, and free (as in beer!) statistical programming language increasingly used by academics, statisticians, and data scientists to conduct quantitative data analysis. No prior experience with R is necessary (although it would be helpful to familiarise yourself with R and R Studio before the session; there are many free resources for learning R available online: http://tryr.codeschool.com/)

This course will cover the following:

  • Overview of structural equation models (assumptions, diagnostics, etc.)
  • Installing and using the ‘lavaan’ package in R
  • Mediation and path analysis (aka structural models)
  • Confirmatory factor analysis (aka measurement models)
  • Estimating full structural equation models

Programme

Application process:
There are 15 places available on the course and places will be allocated following a process of application.  Priority will be given to doctoral students enrolled in a social science degree programme at any Scottish University or to doctoral students funded by an ESRC-funded UK Doctoral Training Centre.  Remaining places will be offered for a fee to other doctoral students, academic staff, researchers and non-academics who have submitted an application.

To apply for this event, a completed on-line application form should be submitted by 12 noon on 27 January 2017.  Successful applicants will be notified by 30 January 2017.

Course costs:
This training course is offered free of charge to doctoral students registered on a social science degree programme at a Scottish University or to doctoral students funded by an ESRC-funded DTC (see above).

Remaining places will be open to others for a fee:

Masters students £30
Doctoral students not funded by an ESRC UK DTC £30
Academic staff, ESRC funded researchers and UK registered charitable organisations £60
Others £250

Please note that AQMeN can only accept payment for training via the University of Edinburgh ePay system.  We are unable to issue invoices or accept cheques for payment.  All payments must be received within 14 days of a place being offered otherwise the place will be released.  Payment should not be made until you have received confirmation that you have been allocated a place on the course.

Travel and accommodation bursaries:
Doctoral students registered on a social science degree programme at a Scottish university or at an ESRC-funded DTC may be eligible to claim travel and/or accommodation costs to attend.

In order to be eligible for a bursary you must reside outside Edinburgh and attend a university outside Edinburgh.  Reimbursement can only take place if you follow the reimbursement process detailed below and bursaries for eligible students will be capped at the following rates:

Travel time (by rail) from Sheffield Maximum Travel Contribution Accommodation Contribution
 Up to 1 hour (travelling each day) 2 return trips @£25/trip = £50 NIL
Up to 1 hour (with accommodation during event) 1 return trip @£25/trip = £25 up to 1 nights accommodation at maximum £60 per night
Up to 2 hours 1 return trip @£50/trip = £50 up to 1 nights accommodation at maximum £60 per night
Over 2 hours 1 return trip @£100/trip = £100 up to 1 nights accommodation at maximum £60 per night

Reimbursement process:
Students are responsible for arranging travel and/or accommodation (if applicable) themselves and will only be reimbursed upon presentation of original receipts (no photocopies or credit card receipts will be accepted) and completion of the relevant expense claim form which will be provided post-event.
AQMeN will not reimburse the following costs (unless agreed prior to the event):

  • Mileage
  • First class travel
  • Meals or room service
  • Inter-city travel (e.g. buses to and from event venue)
  • Taxi fares
  • Credit card fees
  • Sundries (e.g.wireless internet access or newspapers at accommodation)

All expense claims and receipts must be received by the AQMeN office no later than 2 weeks following the last day of the event in order to be eligible for reimbursement.

Cancellation and Non-Attendance
By applying for this course, you are expected to attend for the full duration.  Failure to attend all sessions (unless by prior agreement with the AQMeN core team) may result in a charge of £50 per day of the course missed, non-reimbursement of expenses and ineligibility to be considered for future AQMeN training courses and events.

Non-paying delegates
If after receiving an allocated place on the course you are no longer able to attend; you must notify AQMeN as soon as possible to allow the place to be offered to someone on the waiting list.  Failure to do so may result in a charge of £50 per day of the course, non-reimbursement of expenses and ineligibility to be considered for future AQMeN training courses and events.

Paying delegates
Course fees are non-refundable.  In exceptional circumstances a refund may by permitted at the discretion of the AQMeN Research and Development Manager.

Contact:
If you have any questions regarding the course, please feel free to contact events@aqmen.ac.uk or + 44 (0) 131 650 2105

Date: 
Tuesday, February 14, 2017 -
09:00 to 17:00
Organiser: 
AQMeN
Location: 
Sheffield
Venue: 
Sheffield Methods Institute, Floor 2, ICOSS Building, The University of Sheffield

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