|Job Title||Pre-doc Researcher|
|Date of Scholarship||6 February - 30 March 2012|
|Host Institution||Institute for Population and Social Research (IPSR), Mahidol University, Thailand|
|Scholarship Title||Training on Social Research Methods and Statistics for Social Analysis|
This was really a good experience and great learning opportunity for me to have attended the training program on "Social Research Methods and Statistics for Social Analysis" within the Institute for Population and Social Research (IPSR), Mahidol University, Thailand.
During the program, I studied the different key aspects of social research methodology, including developing research questions, defining study objectives, formulating research and statistical hypothesis, planning research implementation steps, defining sample size and characteristics, developing questionnaire and finalizing research proposals. I also studied how to select the appropriate significant statistical analysis method depending on the study objectives, including univariate, bivariate and multivariate analysis.
The training created a great opportunity for me to extend and deepen my knowledge in two major statistical softwares: SPSS and STATA and referencing software: End Note. The teachers used practical examples from their own research work and gave me the possibility to apply my knowledge on real cases. Within statistical software, I got the chance to know many more functionalities than I knew before and this new knowledge has helped me in implementation of several research in the field of reproductive health and HIV/AIDS.
As a conclusion on my knowledge gain, I can say that I am really satisfied with the training which drastically increased my understanding and skills on both research methods and data analysis. The training truly acted as a precious asset in my career and somehow the knowledge I have acquired encouraged and helped me to enrol in a doctoral program on global health.
Through my experience at IPSR, Mahidol University, I witnessed the high quality of the teachings, aiming both for excellence and for a humanist approach of social sciences. Hence, thanks to the scholarship, I got the opportunity to learn from key experts in Thailand, who demonstrated both a strong professionalism and an appropriate human approach. I would like to express my deep gratitude to HIV Research Trust for providing me with such a unique opportunity and at the same time such great encouragement for me to work in the field of HIV/AIDS and reproductive health.