Free Statistical Software
The University has licenses to a number of commonly used software packages for research for the use of ECU faculty and students. These include SPSS, SAS, NVIVO and others. See section on Technology Resources for Research for instructions on how to obtain free copies of software.
Faculty Workshops for NVIVO and Statistics Software: Overviews of NVIVO, SPSS, SAS and other software
The Center for Faculty Excellence offers a number of workshops throughout the year to help faculty use these useful desktop programs. NVIVO is a relatively new software packages specifically designed to help faculty with qualitative research. It is useful in the analysis of interviews and surveys which include narrative answers.If interested in these workshops please check the Center for Faculty Excellence web page of the schedule of the summer workshops.
Summer Statistical Skills Workshops
In addition to workshops during the academic year, during the first summer session the Center for Faculty Excellence offers a series of three faculty development workshops:
- Enhancing Basic Statistical Skills for Research and Instruction
- Enhancing Intermediate Statistical Skills for Research and Instruction
- Enhancing Advanced Statistical Skills for Research and Instruction
They provide instruction for faculty members on topics such as research design, data collection and analysis, and statistical methods and inference that can be used for research or in an instructional setting. This is accomplished by presentations, discussions and numerous hands-on applications. SPSS (Statistical Package for the Social Sciences) is the software package that is use. If interested in these workshops please check the Center for Faculty Excellence web page of the schedule of the summer workshops.
Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR)
“The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) is an organization of member institutions working together to acquire and to preserve social science data, to provide open and equitable access to data, and to promote effective data use.” (Mission Statement of the Consortium) The activities of the archives have expanded to now include data and services for political scientists, sociologists, economists, geographers, psychologists, historians, and specialists in the fields of education, public health, social work, public administration, urban affairs, foreign affairs, business administration, law, criminal justice, demography and gerontology. The archive has both contemporary and historical data, national and international data. The data sets are available free to East Carolina University faculty and students. The ownership of the data remains with the university who pays the consortium dues. Please see their website for details.