Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.


43rd Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2017

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Workshop #W26
A Practitioner's Guide to Building a Customized Electronic Data Collection System Using Microsoft Excel
Thursday, May 25, 2017
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Hyatt Regency, Capitol Ballroom 1
Area: PRA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Cody Morris, M.A.
CODY MORRIS (Western Michigan University ), NEIL DEOCHAND (Western Michigan University), NATHAN VANDERWEELE (Western Michigan University)
Description: Electronic data collection is increasing in popularity within the practice of applied behavior analysis. With the growing use of paperless data collection systems, the skills to create or customize electronic data collection systems may be very beneficial to practitioners. This workshop will teach a simple skill set that will allow any practitioner to turn a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet into a functioning and mobile electronic data collection system. Components of this training will include how to (a) create a basic electronic data collection table with dropdown menus and autofill features, (b) create a timestamp for all data entered, and (c) create automatically graphing displays of data. In addition, security and compliance to regulations will be discussed. While participants do not need familiarity with Microsoft Excel to benefit from this workshop, a basic understanding of behavior analytic data collection procedures would be helpful. While it isn't required, participants should bring a computer (any operating system) with the Microsoft Excel program to participate in the guided practice.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to: (1) use Microsoft Excel and other free technology to create and modify electronic data collection systems; (2) collect and analyze data on the timeliness of data collection; (3)create graphs that automatically update to allow for instantaneous data analysis.
Activities: Workshop objectives will be met through a combination of presentation/modeling of the skill and guided practice.
Audience: Any practitioner with a basic understanding of behavior analytic data collection procedures. Familiarity with Microsoft Excel is not required.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic
Keyword(s): Data Collection, Technology



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