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MSG wins a five-year award to develop Computer-based Training for the Institute of Education Sciences at the U.S. Department of Education

MSG has been awarded a five-year contract to support the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences (IES) National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) to design efficient and effective Computer Based Training (CBT) modules.

As previously conducted in-person training seminars were insufficient in meeting demand, NCES sought to reformat several multi-day, in-person training seminars into computer-based training (CBT) modules for resource efficiency and to make training available to a larger trainee audience. The modules MSG is developing will allow large, geographically dispersed, potential data users to learn about the individual survey systems’ designs and utility, how to access the datasets, and how to apply appropriate statistical data analysis techniques to specific complex sample survey datasets to answer research and policy questions.

“MSG is excited to leverage its team’s deep knowledge of research designs and sampling; data collection and reporting; and teaching and training statistical concepts related to large datasets; as well as using the relevant statistical packages including R, SAS, SPSS, and Stata in an effort to support such an ambitious effort at NCES.”, stated Jennifer Nielsen, Program Associate at MSG and Project Director for the initiative.

NCES is charged with the acquisition, analysis, interpretation, dissemination, and reporting of statistical data reflecting the condition and progress of education at all levels in the U.S. and on educational activities and student achievement compared with foreign nations. MSG will play a vital role in ensuring that data users find published reports, explore and acquire data, and create data files and conduct appropriate analyses in selected statistical software packages.