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2025 Online Conference

Dates and details to be announced

If you registered for the SPSA's annual conference in January 2025, you automatically have access to workshops taking place during the online follow-up conference.

Can't attend the January conference? No problem, you are welcome to sign up for just the June sessions.

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An Introduction to Focus Groups

with Dr. Lea Sgier

June 19th, 2024
12:00pm - 3:50pm (EST)

Focus groups, traditionally used in market research, have become increasingly popular across the social sciences in the last two decades. Today, they are  widely used for qualitative data collection both in academic and applied research (such as evaluation research).

This workshop is a short introduction to the method: its logic, key steps, uses and difficulties. By the end of the workshop, the participants should have a good idea of what focus groups are and what they can be used for.

The workshop is intended mainly for participants with little prior knowledge of FGs. However, participants who already have some experience with this method (as researchers or, possibly, as participants) are very welcome to join and bring along their experiences and questions.

Let’s Write An Op-Ed

with Dr. Diana L. Gustafson

June 21st, 2024
2:00pm - 5:50pm (EST)

Do you have some fresh new research findings that you want to get out into the world? Have a strongly held opinion about a hot-button issue? Or have a journal article or book chapter that you want to convert for public consumption?


The goal of this interactive writing workshop is to provide you with the know-how to put fingers to keyboard and write a thoughtful, evidence-based op-ed. As a post-workshop bonus, participants will be offered comments on an op-ed of their choice.

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