Resources and Training

Resources and Training

Upcoming Seminars, Workshops and Presentations  

Date and Time Title of Event Details

Mon., Mar. 5, 2018
12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Secondary Data Collection, Utilization and
Repurposing Workshop

Panelists will discuss available data sources and effective ways of collecting, utilizing and repurposing qualitative and quantitative data, considering digital and non-digital sources. There will also be a discussion on the data storage requirements by Tri-Council and other agencies.

Discussion Topics

  • Ethical and legal considerations in data collection, utilization, dissemination and retention
  • Sources of secondary data and emerging issues related to storage of research data
  • Repurposing secondary data: using existing data to answer new research questions


  • Peter Choate, Child Studies and Social Work
  • Cynthia Gallop, HREB Chair
  • Brian Jackson, Librarian

Co-Facilitators: Michael Uzoka (ORSCE RDO) and
                            Cathy Carter-Snell (FHCE RDO)

Room: EB2061 (Bissett Boardroom)

Please register via the ADC website or contact Nancy Funke at or (403) 440-6042.

Open to MRU faculty members only.

Tues., Mar. 13, 2018
1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Calgary Emergency Management Agency (CEMA) Presentation Join colleagues for a presentation and working session on potential research opportunities with CEMA. CEMA has developed an initial list of topics that span a wide spectrum of research disciplines, which is available here.

Presenter: Lauren Harris, Continuity & Risk Reduction Planner, CEMA

Room: EL4201 (RLLC Formal Boardroom)

Please register via the ADC website.


Introducing...ROMEO ORSCE Manager Melissa Deane will guide MRU faculty through the basics of navigating ROMEO, ORSCE's new web-based data management platform.

Research Development Officers

One of ORSCE's core priorities is supporting researchers in the development of their research proposals and grant applications. ORSCE's Research Development Officers (RDOs) offer one-on-one support in developing your grant proposals. The RDOs can work with you from idea to proposal submission, or review proposals at any stage of completion.

Contact a RDO for:

Strategic Advice: The RDOs can sit down with you one-on-one and discuss your research direction, project idea, funding options and provide strategic direction in your options for funding your research.

Grants Development: You have a plan and need to get started on the grant proposal. Contact an RDO – we can provide some direction in how to approach proposal development, provide strategies for some of those particularly tricky areas (budgets, for example) and read provide feedback on drafts. The earlier you make contact, the more we can help.

Final Proposal Review: Just need an additional set of eyes for a final review of your proposal? Contact us a week before the MRU internal application deadline.

Contact Us for more information.

Grants Support - Winter 2017

To better support our faculty with their Tri-Council grant (SSHRC) applications, the Office of Research, Scholarship and Community Engagement has an agreement with an external consultant to provide grant development services.

This support is available to all faculty who are preparing applications for the 2017-18 funding cycles (Insight, Connection).

To gain access to this funding, please email your request to and include the following details:

  • Your Faculty/Department
  • The opportunity to which you wish to apply
  • A brief one paragraph description of your project

The ORSCE will review your request and then connect you with the consultant.

Software and By-Appointment Training Sessions


SPSS (Statistical Package for the Social Sciences) is a software package used for statistical analysis, data management and documentation.

It offers the following features:

  • Descriptive statistics: Cross tabulation, Frequencies, Descriptives, Explore, Descriptive Ratio Statistics
  • Bivariate statistics: Means, t-test, ANOVA, Correlation (bivariate, partial, distances), Nonparametric tests
  • Prediction for numerical outcomes: Linear regression
  • Prediction for identifying groups: Factor analysis, cluster analysis (two-step, K-means, hierarchical), Discriminant 

Request an SPSS installation or let us know that you no longer require this software.

SPSS Basics Tutorials

For assistance in handling/interpreting your SPSS data, please contact us at (403) 440-6069 to set up an appointment.

NVivo is the #1 software package for qualitative data analysis. It was designed for qualitative researchers working with rich text-based and/or multimedia information, where deep levels of analysis on small or large volumes of data were required.

NVivo accommodates a wide range of research methods, including:

  • network and organizational analysis
  • action or evidence-based research
  • discourse analysis
  • grounded theory
  • conversation analysis
  • ethnography
  • literature reviews
  • phenomenology
  • mixed methods research
  • the Framework methodology.

NVivo supports data formats such as audio files, videos, digital photos, Word, PDF, spreadsheets, rich text, plain text and web and social media data. Users can interchange data with applications like Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, IBM SPSS Statistics, EndNote, Microsoft OneNote, SurveyMonkey and Evernote; and order transcripts from within NVivo projects, using TranscribeMe (© Wikipedia).

Request an NVivo installation or let us know that you no longer require this software.

QSR provides free access to several NVivo tutorials and webinars.


Manuals and Other ResourcesManuals and other resources for researchers coming 2017