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Objectives and analysis

Objectives and analysis

Module B2, Session 14

Learning objectives
Learning Objectives

students should be able to

  • Explain some criteria

    • for modifying initial objectives, once the data are available

  • Explain the importance of specifying

    • objectives precisely before starting an analysis

  • Be able to outline a simple table or graph

    • that corresponds to a stated objective

  • Be able to complete a simple table or graph

    • given an objective and an outline.

  • Review a table or graph to specify

    • to what objective(s) this presentation corresponds

  • Contents

    • Introduction of the ideas

    • Sitting in on a review class

      • (Flash presentation)

  • Practical work

    • Using rice survey and the Tanzania survey

  • Discussion

  • Defining the objectives of the study
    Defining the objectives of the study

    • In defining statistics (Session 3)

      • Statistics is NOT just collecting numbers

      • It is collecting numbers with a purpose

  • So, as part of the planning for a study

    • You must specify the objectives

    • You need this also, before getting a budget!

  • Once you have your overall objectives

    • You plan the study

    • Collect the data

    • And get the data ready for analysis

  • Analysis objectives
    Analysis objectives

    • Before you start the analysis

    • You review the overall objectives

    • Possibly modify them for the analysis

    • Why?

    • Perhaps some objectives are not possible

      • Questions may have been misunderstood

      • Questions answered in an inappropriate manner

      • etc

  • Perhaps new objectives become possible

    • A practical complication adds a new objective

    • A minor point becomes more crucial

  • Overall objectives small example
    Overall objectives – small example

    • Rice survey

    • Two objectives

    • Estimate total rice production

      • in the district

  • Investigate the possible relationships

    • between production and cultural practices

  • and justify the questions in the study

  • Objectives and measurements
    Objectives and measurements

    • The objectives led to the questions

      • the measurements we took

  • 1st objective – total yield in the district

    • So we measured the yield on sampled plots

  • 2nd objective – relationships with cultural practice

    • so we asked about size of field, fertilizer, variety

  • See how the objectives

    • lead directly to the questions

  • Objectives of the analysis
    Objectives of the analysis

    • Now the data are ready for analysis

    • Can we still meet the objectives?

      • Possibly – so continue with both parts to the analysis

  • But suppose we now realised

    • that date of planting was crucial, and not measured

    • or there was disease on some fields, not recorded

  • Perhaps the 2nd objective is not attainable

  • So look carefully at the objectives

  • And be prepared to rewrite them

    • Or state them more precisely

  • Breaking the curse of variation
    Breaking the “curse of variation”!

    • Statistics is concerned with studies where variation is important

      • Otherwise you only need a sample of size 1!

      • This was discussed in the Concepts Session - Session 3

  • Hence also take measurements

    • if they may help to explain variation in the data

    • even if that measurement is not related to a specific objective

  • Understanding variation in key variables

    • like the yield in this rice survey

    • Is effectively an objective itself in all statistical studies

  • Then the analysis can adjust for these aspects

  • Objectives once you see the data
    Objectives once you see the data

    • Sometimes looking at the variables

      • permits you to specify objectives

  • That’s not as good as starting with them

    • But it is still useful

  • And the tables and graphs

  • Should then follow directly

  • From the objectives of the analysis

  • This is illustrated in the demonstration

  • Look for the following 2 slides in particular

  • Practical work
    Practical work

    • Do practical 1

    • It benefits from discussion

      • So it is good for students to work in pairs

  • First is an demonstration lesson

    • This should partly be revision

    • Complete the sections in the practical sheet as watch the lesson

  • Then the rice survey data are analysed

  • Finally data from the Tanzania agriculture survey are processed

  • The tanzania agriculture survey
    The Tanzania agriculture survey

    • Here is a second example

      • From the Tanzania agriculture survey

      • Page 2 of their technical guide

  • The details are less important,

    • than that the objectives are stated carefully

  • and justify the questions in the study questionnaire

  • Overall statement sample census objectives
    Overall statement: Sample census objectives

    • The 2003 Agriculture Sample Census was designed

    • to meet the data needs of a wide range of users

    • down to district level

      • including policy makers at local, regional and national levels,

      • rural development agencies, funding institutions,

      • researchers, NGOs, farmer organisations, etc.

  • As a result the dataset is both more numerous

  • in its sample and detailed in its scope

    • compared to previous censuses and surveys.

  • To date this is the most detailed Agricultural Census carried out in Africa

  • The sample census was carried out to
    The sample census was carried out to:

    • Identify structural changes

      • if any, in the size of farm household holdings, crop and livestock production, farm input and implement use.

  • Determine if there are any improvements in rural infrastructure

    • and the level of agriculture household living conditions;

  • Provide benchmark data on production and agricultural practices

    • in relation to policies and interventions promoted by the Min. of Agriculture

    • and Food Security and others stake holders.

  • Establish baseline data for the measurement of the impact

    • of high level objectives of the Agriculture Sector Devt Programme (ASDP),

    • National Strategy for Growth and Reduction ofPoverty (NSGRP)

    • and other rural development programs and projects.

  • Obtain benchmark data to address specific issues, such as:

    • food security, rural poverty, gender,

    • agro-processing, marketing, service delivery, etc.

  • Analysis to meet objectives
    Analysis to meet objectives

    • Overall reports have been produced

    • In addition, the data can be used for a wide range of objectives

    • The practical assumes 2 NGOs

      • with particular questions

  • One is on food security

  • The other is on energy for lighting

  • Food security
    Food security

    Why is a pie chart a reasonable type of display?

    Food security by district
    Food security by district

    Why might a stacked bar chart be appropriate?

    Energy use for lighting
    Energy use for lighting


    1. Decreasing order

    2. With small categories combined


    Are you now able to

    • Provide some principles

      • that characterise good tables and graphs

  • Use these principles

    • to recognise examples of good practice

  • Suggest reasoned improvements

    • for tables and charts

  • Provide examples of improved presentations

  • Be able to extract points

    • from a table or graph for a talk or a report

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