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Tuesday June 27, 2017
Measuring Poverty

Objective: Introduce the thinking underlying ongoing efforts to measure and describe low income and poverty.
Description: Overview of two broad categories of poverty measure (relative vs absolute); description of popular methods of measuring low income, discussing their strengths and weaknesses: global poverty line (GPL), official poverty measure (OPM), supplemental poverty measure (SPM), human development index (HDI), human poverty index (HPI), multidimensional poverty index (MPI), low income cut­off (LICO).

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  • Listen to a recording of the presentation here.

Wednesday June 28, 2017
Overview of Study Designs and Systematic Review Types

Objective: To reinforce understanding of population research study design types, and to introduce methods for rigorous systematic literature reviews. Description: It is important to distinguish between the three broad categories of observational study design (cohort, case-­control, and cross-­sectional) and the various types of experimental designs (RCT, natural experiments, quasi­-experiments) to understand the hierarchy of evidence. This foundation allows us to consider the methodology for systematic (and scoping) reviews, which cover broadly: phrasing a research question, conducting a search, applying a quality assessment, extracting data (both qualitative and quantitative) and synthesizing those data. Case studies of published reviews will be introduced as models.

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Thursday June 29, 2017
Research Ethics

Objective: To familiarize students with the history, theory, and realities of research ethics. Description: From the Nuremberg Code to the Declaration of Helsinki, we will explore the history of formalizing research ethics, review the expectations of Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) and Research Ethics Boards (REBs), and work through some practical examples of instances in which research projects may struggle to obtain REB/IRB approval.

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  • Listen to a recording of the presentation here.