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2017 Annual Meeting - Philadelphia, PA

Pre-Meeting Workshops

ASC Sponsored Workshops:

Fee: $50.00 ($25.00 for students)



Register for Workshops via the Annual Meeting Registration Form

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List of Registered Participants for the Pre-Meeting Workshops

*** Please note registration for a workshop is NOT registration for the ASC Annual Meeting which begins November 15.

Choice 1

Title:  Designing and Fielding Online Surveys
Instructors: Justin Pickett, University at Albany, SUNY
Date & Time:  Tuesday, November 14th, 12:00 – 4:00 pm    Place: Franklin, 3, 4th Floor

Original data collection using surveys is an indispensable component of criminological inquiry. However, declining rates of coverage and survey response have it more difficult and costly to administer surveys using traditional survey modes. At the same time, technological advancements and expansions in Internet access have increased the feasibility of online surveys. This workshop will provide a broad introduction to Internet survey methods. First, we will review common methods for sampling survey respondents online (e.g., crowdsourcing, opt-in panels), and discuss associated challenges (e.g., coverage bias, panel overlap, non-naiveté). Next, we will review current best practices for constructing online questionnaires (e.g., background colors, font types, response formats). The workshop will provide the most recent evidence on each of the issues we discuss. There will also be an overview of different services and software (e.g., SurveyMonkey) available for developing and delivering online surveys. Finally, we will cover several common pitfalls that can arise when conducting online surveys, and strategies for avoiding them.
Choice 2

Title: Data Visualization with R
Instructors:  Robert Brame, University of South Carolina
Date & Time:  Tuesday, November 14th, 12:00 – 4:00 pm    Place: Franklin, 7, 4th Floor

This workshop will introduce participants to the use of R for visualizing patterns in crime and criminal justice data. The course will cover the standard graphical and plotting tools in R as well as the development of choropleth maps and other more specialized charts and visualization tools, some of which will rely on R's low-level plotting capabilities. Additional diagnostic charts that researchers can use to examine their data as well as publication-ready charts that will be useful for formal presentations, books, and journal articles will also be considered. A detailed set of slides, helpful resources, and R code examples will be provided to all workshop participants.
Choice 3

Title: Using Atlas.TI for Qualitative Researchers
Instructors: Danielle S. Rudes, George Mason University
Date & Time: Tuesday, November 14th, 12:00 – 4:00 pm     Place: Franklin, 10, 4th Floor

This workshop will conceptually and practically introduce participants to the Atlas.ti qualitative data management software and answer some common questions beginning users confront. The workshop is recommended for those who have never used Atlas.ti before or have only limited experience with the software. Researchers who have some familiarity with Atlas.ti are also welcome to attend to refresh, to participate in the open discussion and/or to share tips and advice. The workshop will also invite attendees to practice and play with the software on their personal laptops (optional). This involves some hands-on practice with the most basic features of Atlas.ti. Workshop participants are encouraged to bring their own laptop to the workshop with the free trial version of Atlas.ti already downloaded (accessible at http://atlasti.com/free-trial-version/). Please note that because the Atlas for Mac program is significantly limited at this time, we will do our work using the PC format. So, participants with a Mac are encouraged to borrow a PC and/or use conversion software on their Mac to be ready to use the PC version of Atlas during the workshop. Workshop participants without a laptop will be partnered with others who have laptops. Using sample data participants will gain knowledge of and practice with some of Atlas’ key coding features. We will also discuss some qualitative data collection, coding and analysis strategies that work well with Atlas and discuss some key considerations for using Atlas for team projects.
Choice 4

Title: How to Effectively Share Your Findings & Expertise with National Media Outlets
Instructors: Caitlin Kizielewicz (Crime and Justice Research Alliance)
Date & Time:  Tuesday, November 14th, 1:00 – 3:30 pm      Place: Franklin, 12, 4th Floor

As crime and criminal justice topics continue to dominate the news cycle, reporters at mainstream media outlets need credible, knowledgeable and prepared experts to address trending issues. During this media training workshop, experts from the Crime and Justice Research Alliance (CJRA) will provide resources, tips and best practices to help you promote your findings with national media outlets and target audiences. Learn how to establish relationships with reporters, manage tough questions, and leverage social media to ensure your research is accurately represented. Whether you have been interviewed a dozen times or have yet to create your Twitter account, this workshop will offer useful tips for experts with varied degrees of experience working with the media. Reporters need your expertise and want to know about your findings – learn how to make your voice heard in the national crime and criminal justice discussion.
*No laptops provided.  Power strips will be available for all workshops except Choice 4.
Other Available Workshops:

Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) Workshop: Analyzing Data from the
National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS)

  Visioning the Future of the “Justice System” sponsored by the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program of Temple University