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Introduction to Data Linkage
The Farr Institute, University College London, 222 Euston Road, London
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Course places are limited and registration by 5 October 2016 is strongly recommended
Course No. ADRCE-Training029 Harron
This course is organised by ADRC-E/University of Southampton
Summary of Course:
This short course is designed to give participants a practical introduction to data linkage and is aimed at researchers either intending to use data linkage themselves or to analyse linked data. Examples of the uses of data linkage, data preparation, methods for linkage (including deterministic and probabilistic approaches) and issues for the analysis of linked data are covered. The main focus of this course will be health data, although the concepts will apply to many other areas. This course includes a practical example involving data to be linked, to enable participants to put theory into practice.
Training podcast: http://www.adrn.ac.uk/about/research-centre-england/training-podcasts/
The course covers:
By the end of the course participants will:
Computer Software and Workshop:
This event includes computer workshops.
Participants will need to bring their own laptops with a Windows operating system (Macs will not work) with Excel, and LinkPlus software (freely available from http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/npcr/tools/registryplus/lp_tech_info.htm)
Katie Harron is a Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral fellow at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Katie is a statistician with research interests in using linkage of administrative data and electronic health records for health research. Her current research involves establishing how nationally representative, population-level administrative data can be used to identify and measure determinants of variation in service use and educational outcomes for children born preterm by linking information on maternal, household and social environments. Katie completed her PhD in Statistics at University College London. She is a co-editor of a Wiley commissioned book “Methodological developments in data linkage” with Prof Harvey Goldstein and Prof Chris Dibben.
The course is aimed at researchers who need to gain an understanding of data linkage techniques. The course provides an introduction to data linkage theory and methods for those who might be using linked data in their own work. Participants may be academic researchers in the social and health sciences or may work in government, survey agencies, official statistics, for charities or the private sector.
The course will start with registration and coffee at 9.30am with formal teaching starting at 9:45am and finishing at 4.30pm. Afterwards there will be an opportunity for participants to ask questions about the course and to discuss with the instructor how to link their own datasets (you can bring your own data to the course if you wish).
(this is a draft programme, subject to minor changes)
Session 1: 9.45am-11.00am
Session 2: 11.15am-12.30pm
Session 3: 1.15pm-2.35pm
Session 4: 2.35pm-3.15pm
Session 5: 3.30pm-4.30pm
Following Session 5, there will be opportunity to discuss how to link your own datasets.
The course does not assume any prior knowledge of data linkage. Some experience of using Excel will be useful for the practical session.
Participants will receive written course notes.
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University of Southampton/ADRC-E
Entry (no or almost no prior knowledge)
1. £30 - For UK registered postgraduate students 2. £60 – For staff at UK academic institutions, Research Council UK funded researchers, UK public sector staff and staff at UK registered charity organisations 3. £220 - For all other participants 4. Free Place for ADRC/ADRN/ADS staff All fees include event materials, lunch, morning and afternoon tea. They do not include travel and accommodation costs.
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