Praxis Computer Research
Paul Sanchietti, President
8213 Cripple Oak Ct.
Citrus Heights, CA 95610 – firstname.lastname@example.org -- www.praxiscr.com
Martin J. Kifer
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science
Director, Survey Research Center
High Point University
Here’s some information you should find helpful regarding our training for the Sawtooth Sensus and WinCati system.
Sensus Scripting Training
Our Sensus scripting training is designed to take the programmer from a novice to a confident, knowledgeable programmer in a very short time frame. Depending on the clients needs the training can be a one-day training for understanding basic questionnaire authoring or a two-day training for advanced questionnaire authoring or even a three-day training for gaining mastery of the Sensus scripting language and system. We teach the Sensus language based upon a simple but effective learning technique: the introduction of concepts followed by relevant exercises. Additionally, the trainee will receive an example laden training manual that will assist with programming questionnaires for years to come.
The first day involves an introduction to Sensus and the design of basic surveys. After the first day the trainee should be able to design simple, basic questionnaires involving the use of a variety of Sensus instructions. The second day of training introduces the power of lists the most powerful aspect of Sensus. After the second day the trainee should be able to understand the more advanced features of Sensus and begin constructing complex questionnaires. All important Sensus instructions will have been introduced and explained at the end of the second day. If a third day of training is requested we will take day one and day two at a slower pace and explain all Sensus instructions while demonstrating other Sensus features.
The training should be conducted in the following environment: •Conducted in a single room where there are enough computers for all programmers. •Sensus loaded locally on all computers.
•Blackboard, writing board, or large easel in room with computers. •LCD or data display device (device that will display computer screens)
WinCati Supervisor Training
The WinCati Supervisor training can be a one-day intensive or a slower paced two-day training that involves detailed instruction on setting up the most common WinCati projects and explicit information on all WinCati menu items. We discuss the power of WinCati, how questionnaires work with WinCati, how sample and data files work, how project specifications are created, how reports should be read, how sample and callback information is handled, how quotas are handled, etc. Clients who purchased the mixed mode option will receive training on a common mixed mode study. There will be detailed discussions of how sample, disposition codes, e-mails, and other features of a mixed mode study are handled. The trainee will receive a step-by-step example laden training manual that will assist with WinCati questions for years to come. We recommend the following environment:
•Conducted in a single room where there are enough computers for all operators or for two operators to share a computer.
•LCD or data display device (device that will display computer screens)
Trainings are conducted either in Citrus Heights, California (near Sacramento) at the Praxis Training Center or on-site at the client’s facility. Located in the Sacramento Valley, our training facility is centrally located from some of the most beautiful regions of California. We are located just 1 to 1.5 hours from the beautiful wine country of the Sonoma and Napa Valley’s and 2 hours from San Francisco. We are also 1.5 to 2 hours away from gorgeous Lake Tahoe....