Seven Alternative Learning Center for Agricultural and Livelihood Development (ALCADEV) staff were trained in Statistical Package on Social Sciences (SPSS) last September 15-18 at the ALCADEV school.
The training was organized by the New World Philippines Country office. Trainer Lomel Buena, from IBON FOUNDATION, facilitated the workshop, which had two parts:survey design transformed into a project proposal and the processing of data or entering of data into the SPSS program. In the actual conduct of workshop, ALCADEV participants were divided into two groups for the hands-on component. One focused on a formulated theme “Basic Socio Economic Profile in Two LumadCommunities “while the other was on “ Awareness Survey on Food Security Project in Two Indigenous Peoples Communities ”.
Each group has designed a project proposal based on the formulated theme. The formulated questionnaires are tested only among the participants. After interviewing each other, designing of templates was done as the facilitator explained the step by step process of entering the data into the SPSS program. The two groups have successfully undergone the entire process and presented work outputs. Critiquing was also done after each presentation.
Some of the participants realized that entering data into the SPSS program is an intricate job. They affirmed that it needs constant use and application for mastery and to further discover its operation. But they recognized that the training contributed a lot in enabling them to use the software. They said, SPSS will help in the easy facilitation of conducting surveys, especially related to food security projects, compared to the previous manual consolidation of data . It has also widened participants’ capacity in extracting data when conducting research surveys. Participants are also clear about the limitations set by SPSS.
The staff are very thankful to New World for designing a program that contributed to the enhancement of their capacity as well as the institution. Over all, expectations and objectives of the participants have been successfully achieved. The plan for the re-echo training has been discussed already at the management level.###