Abhijeet Jadhav and Siva Muthuprakash

Date & Time: 17th and 18th Oct’20 } 11 am to 1 pm

Statistical analysis is becoming a need in most of the data based reports or formal communications apart from research. In the development sector, there is limited training in formal education but the tools/ software packages keep on changing and with time new ones become available. Usually, most user-friendly packages are very costly and it is not always possible for individuals or small organizations to procure those. JASP is an open-source, free software package which is relatively easy to use. It will be very useful to get introduced to this package. The expertise of people will keep on increasing as they use it more. But the first step is often difficult one and this training will facilitate taking that first step to learn this package.

Course Objectives

  • To understand the importance of open-source statistical analysis packages
  • To get familiarised with JASP (a free statistical analysis packages)
  • To learn basic analysis on JASP

Course Contents

  • Importance of free/ open source statistical analysis packages
  • Installing JASP, basic file types
  • Introduction to simple analysis – Directions for higher analysis

Participant Profile

Early & mid-career development sector professionals (with some basic understanding of statistical analysis) – research scholars, MPhil/ PhD scholars


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