You can find many online courses and resources to help you get started with understanding mainstream information gathering, analysis and use. Here are a few recommended by Evidence Working Group members.

Two courses on Edx:

  1. Evaluating Social Programs
  2. Results-Based Project Management: Monitoring and Evaluation

Six courses under the specialization “Survey Data Collection and Analytics” on Coursera:

  1. Framework for Data Collection and Analysis
  2. Data Collection: Online, Telephone and Face-to-face
  3. Questionnaire Design for Social Surveys
  4. Sampling People, Networks and Records
  5. Dealing With Missing Data
  6. Combining and Analyzing Complex Data

Preparing to Research and Report Results in the Literature:

  1. Preparing to write a manuscript
  2. How to structure a research paper