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Forecasting population with POPGROUP
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The course reviews and implements the standard methods of forecasting population with age and sex detail, through use of the POPGROUP software. The course uses Data Modules to explore UK government forecasts and participants will make their own alternative scenarios.
The focus is on sub-national forecasts for districts of England, but the principles transfer directly to national forecasts, to sub-national forecasts of smaller areas, and to social or ethnic groups, each of which are discussed. The aim is to use official data to understand the demographic characteristics of the local district, how they are likely to affect future population change, the range of possible futures, and how these can be used to help plan public services.
The emphasis is on hands-on learning through practical sessions that take the participants through the preparation of inputs, running forecasts, analysing results, and adjusting forecasts to implement a range of scenarios or assumptions.
The morning session will focus on understanding the capacity of the software through an extended hands-on exercise using data for districts in England chosen by the participant. These forecasts will be developed in the afternoon following guidance or exploring the participant’s own priorities.
Please note that a portfolio of demographic-related course is offered at CMIST over a three-day period. Participants on this course will be expected to be conversant with handling multiple Excel files. Preparation before the course will be distributed to help participants become familiar with demographic concepts and POPGROUP. They may be interested in taking the courses earlier in the week, Population Estimating and Forecasting.
This standalone course on Forecasting Population with POPGROUP takes place on day 2 and acts as a foundation course for those with little experience of POPGROUP. It leads on to the course on Household and Labour Force Forecasts with POPGROUP which takes place on day 3.
This course is designed for current and potential users of demographic data who wish to understand or use POPGROUP, the standard software for population analysis and planning in the UK. Participants wishing to get skilled up in this software might be from local or national government, health service or business planning backgrounds or be postgraduate or established academics.
Preparatory material will be sent to users before the course, to familiarise themselves with the structure and content of POPGROUP files.
Experience of using multiple Microsoft Excel files is essential.
Integrated local demographic forecasts constrained by the supply of housing or jobs: practice in the UK - Ludi Simpson, CMIST Working Paper 2016-01
CMIST, University of Manchester (DTC Course)
Intermediate (some prior knowledge)
£140 (those from educational, government and charitable institutions); £195 (others)
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popgroup , labour force forecasts , data modules , microsoft excel
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