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AcademyHealth Professional Development Catalog
The community of health services researchers, policy makers, and practitioners use a wide array of methodologies to answer applied questions about health policy and practice. AcademyHealth's methods seminars address key methods topics identified by the AcademyHealth Methods Council. All seminars have an applied focus, and emphasize researchers' ability to understand and apply current methods in the field. Seminars are offered for a variety of audiences with different levels of methodological experience.

Analyze US Government Survey Data with Free Tools
This blog announces obsessively-detailed instructions to analyze US government survey data with free tools - the r language, the survey package, and (for big data) sqlsurvey + monetdb.

Bayesian Initiative in Health Economics and Outcomes Research
The objective of the Bayesian Initiative in Health Economics & Outcomes Research (“The Bayesian Initiative”) is to explore the extent to which formal Bayesian statistical analysis can and should be incorporated into the field of health economics and outcomes research for the purpose of assisting rational health care decision-making.

Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine
The Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine is a part of the University Health Network in Canada. This helps medical trainees and practitioners practice and teach evidence-based medicine and supports a book, How to Practice and Teach EBM, by D.L. Sackett, et.al.

Centre for Reviews and Disseminations (CRD)
This site provides numerous links describing systematic reviews, economic evaluations, and health technology assessments. Links to CRD Reports, databases, and other resources are also available.

Centre for Reviews and Disseminations (CRD): Undertaking Systematic Reviews of Research on Effectiveness
This paper takes the reader through a step-by-step process on how to plan, conduct, and report a review. Steps are divided into phases. Translating evidence into practice is also discussed.

Clinical Trials Networks Best Practices: NIH Roadmap - Education and Training
Offers resources for those who want a better introduction to clinical trials by providing links to the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative, research and writing documents, conferences, clinical series, training on good and ethical clinical practices, and popular symposiums and presentations.

The Cochrane Collaboration Training Resources
A series of online resources for individuals who are participating in the process of conducting a Cochrane Collaboration review. Guides to using Cochrane reviews are also available, as is a list of training workshops.

Doing Qualitative Research
Online version of the Crabtree and Miller text of the same title. Includes an overview of qualitative research methods, data collection strategies, and data analysis techniques.

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC): Research Methods Programme
The Research Methods Programme is part of the ESRC, and is designed to improve methodological standards in social science research. Includes a set of methodolocal papers, briefs, working papers, and other resources listed under the 'publications' section of the site.

Health Services Research and Development Service (HSR&D) Cyber Seminars
HSR&D, in the Department of Veteran's Affairs (VA), offers an ongoing series of cyber seminars. Archived seminars are also available on demand.

Health Technology Assessment International (HTAi) Vortal
Provides a portal for resources on health technology assessment including glossaries, databases, and methods tutorials.

Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR): Web-Based Instructional Modules
Several online tutorials including: Exploring Data Through Research Literature, which teaches students how to conduct literature research in the social sciences; Investigating Community and Social Capital which introduces students to quantitative social science research methods including concepts such as units of analysis, levels of measurement, and longitudinal versus cross-sectional analysis; and Supplementary Empirical Teaching Units in Political Science (SETUPS) which offers students an opportunity to analyze an accessible dataset drawn from the 2004 National Election Study (NES).

Internet for Social Statistics
An online tutorial to using the internet to search for statistical information on the web. Basic information on types of websites is provided on this introductory resource.

Introduction Course to R
Provides links to notes from professor Thomas Lumley, from the University of Washington, for a two-day introduction course to the R Project. The notes include fundamentals of R and course exercises.

Introduction to Social Network Methods
This on-line textbook introduces many of the basics of formal approaches to the analysis of social networks. The text relies heavily on the work of Freeman, Borgatti, and Everett (the authors of the UCINET software package). The materials here, and their organization, were also very strongly influenced by the text of Wasserman and Faust, and by a graduate seminar conducted by Professor Phillip Bonacich at UCLA.

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health OpenCourseWare (OCW)
The OpenCourseWare project provides access to course material for a set of popular courses offered at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Syllabi and lecture material are available, as well as readings and assignments for a subset of offerings.

An online learning tool from the Kaiser Family Foundation that provides an overview of various health policy issues. Includes tutorials on methods of policy analysis including interpretation on public opinion data. Syllibi from health policy courses are available as well as selected citations on policy topics through PubMed.

National Library of Medicine -- Finding and Using Health Statistics: A Self Study Course
A self-study course in health statistics designed to put statistics in context by providing explanations of the rationale behind data collection, particularly data collection conducted by public agencies. Emphasis is placed on identifying important results and assessing the benefits and limitations of these results; and progress. A series of exercises is provided to reinforce concepts. The course is taught by Dr. Dan Melnick and is based on Dr. Melnick's book, Portrait of Health in the United States, published by Bernan Press in 2001.

National Library of Medicine (NLM): HTA 101: Introduction to Health Technology Assessment
This text, by Clifford S. Goodman, Ph.D., the Lewin Group, was written in January, 2004. Provides an introduction to health technology assessment, covers fundamental concepts and issues, including methodological validity and integrative methods.

NIHR Health Technology Assessment Programme
The HTA programme relies on the goodwill and freely given time of a large number of independent experts who contribute as members of HTA panels, boards, and other advisory groups. The programme maintains a virtual 'college' of about 1500 external experts who have agreed to act as reviewers.

The Qualitative Research Guidelines Project
The Qualitative Research Guidelines Project is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to assist individuals researching or reviewing qualitative research projects in healthcare settings. The website identifies and describes a range of qualitative research methods as well as interpretive and analytic approaches; identifies published criteria for designing high quality qualitative research; provides links to publications that exemplify excellence in qualitative research; and discusses issues involved in integrating qualitative and quantitative research in mixed and multi-method studies.

Rice Virtual Lab in Statistics
Includes four modules for understanding and exploring statistics. Hyperstat online is a online statistics book with links to statistical resources; simulations/demonstrations, case studies, and an analysis lab are also available to help users identify how to use statistics to answer research questions. Applets demonstrating statistical concepts are also in the public domain, and may be downloaded for classroom use.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Information on current areas of research interest, grants, books and newsletters, as well as tips and tools for conducting evaluations are available. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is the nation’s largest philanthropy that works to improve health.

Provides links to statistics books, tutorials, downloadable software, and other resources including an interactive decision-tree to help individuals select the appropriate type of statistical analysis.

Free online statistics tutorial, glossary and online statistical tables. Tables are interactive and are accompanied by example problems to illustrate their use.

Studying a Study
An electronic companion to the textbook Studying a Study and Testing a Test. Offers a framework for understanding study design and potential sources of bias. Includes a self-test.

A repository of lectures and presentations on epidemiology and global health from around the world. Over 3,200 lectures in 26 languages are available.

The Research Methods Knowledge Base, 2nd Edition.
An online introduction to social sciences research methods authored by William M. Trochim, Professor in the Department of Policy Analysis and Management at Cornell University. Topics include the philosophical basis of research questions; study design; and data analysis.

Urban Institute Researcher Toolkit
A toolkit that provides an overview of qualitative and quantitative methods used in implementation research and impact evaluation by the Urban Institute.

What is a Survey?
Written in 2004, this web-tutorial by Fritz Scheuren for the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) summarizes key concepts of survey design, sampling, and analysis. Based on a prior version the American Statistical Association series of the same title (1980). The original version is available in PDF.