Data Management using CSPro: A Hands-On Approach

Course outline

Who should attend

How you will benefit

Course content


Course Outline

CSPro (Census & Survey Processing System) is a public domain software package developed and maintained by the US Census Bureau; see for more details.

This 6-day workshop goes in detail through the process of designing and implementing a data entry application for a typical survey. Participants will learn how to create the data dictionary, data entry screen and how to program checks and skips. The workshop then considers the data validation tools available including data comparisons and simple frequency tables. Finally we show how data is stored in the system and how it can easily be exported for transfer to statistics packages such as SAS, SPSS and STATA as well as to Excel.

The workshop will consist mainly of hands-on computer practical work and short demonstrations. Example surveys will be used but participants are encouraged to bring along any survey questionnaires and data relevant to their own work.

Who should attend

This is an introductory course aimed at researchers, demographers, data managers, and others who wish to use CSPro to implement survey data management systems. No previous experience of CSPro is required but participants are assumed to be comfortable with Windows-based software.

How you will benefit

You will gain:

  • An understanding of data structures - you will be able to design your own data entry applications in the future
  • A comprehensive set of course materials including practical exercises, example datasets and video demonstrations
  • An introduction to logic programming
  • An appreciation of the steps involved in ensuring data quality.

Course Content

The following topics will be included:

  • Data Structures and Data Types
  • The Data Dictionary
  • Data Entry Screens
  • Logic programming for automatic skips and checks
  • Data entry options
  • CSPro files
  • Data validation
  • Dealing with dates
  • Frequency tables
  • Exporting data

Dates: Not running in 2015. Next date to be confirmed.
Duration: 6 days
Price: To be confirmed.

The workshop will be run in the SSC's purpose built training rooms at the University of Reading. The cost includes morning and afternoon refreshments and a buffet lunch on each of the course days. Dinner on the first night is also provided. It does not include accommodation or meals over the weekend. The course is scheduled to run for 3 days either side of the weekend which provides a natural break and allows time for participants to assimilate the skills learnt in the first half of the course.

Individuals interested in the workshop should submit an application form. Acceptances of applicants are conditional on receiving official confirmation of funding. Applicants from outside the UK are responsible for arranging travel clearance and obtaining valid passports and visas.

The workshop can be commissioned to run at your own premises using your own training facilities - please contact for further information.

Last updated: 20 August, 2014

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For further information about this course please contact the course director, Cathy Garlick.