I am a skilled data management consultant and trainer and have worked for over 35 years in the UK’s Higher Education Sector. For many years I was a senior member of staff for a consultancy and training unit within the University of Reading (Statistical Services Centre) and in this capacity I provided data management support for numerous projects. I gained international recognition for my keen data management skills and precise handling of project data. In my work I emphasise the need for data to be well-structured and organised and pay close attention to data quality.
I have over 20 years’ experience of using MS Access which I used to produce administrative databases for the Statistical Services Centre (SSC) as well as several consultancies. I have also developed and run training courses on using MS Access for data management; these courses ranged from three days to two weeks. I also have experience using CSPro, a freely available software package developed by the US Census Bureau and used for managing data from surveys and censuses. A few years ago I produced a series of video demonstrations on creating and using a CSPro data entry application; these videos are freely available on YouTube.
Between 2001 and 2007 I was the key data management resource person for “Young Lives“, an international study on child poverty involving cohorts of 3,000 children in each of Vietnam, Peru, India and Ethiopia. The work included developing a data management strategy for the project and training local teams in the use of database management systems. I was also instrumental in preparing the first round of quantitative data for submission to the UK Data Archive.
More recently I led a small team in a consultancy contract with GAIN (Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition) to provide data management and statistical support for end-of-project surveys into iodine deficiency and iodised salt in several countries including India, Senegal and Ghana. The work involved preparing data entry systems for use on Android phones, training staff in the use of the data entry systems and real-time monitoring of data collection.
Over the years I have produced a wide range of data management training materials and support documents. An example of my work can be seen in the CCAFS (Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security) Data Management Support Pack for which I authored many of the documents and guides.