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Training & Continuing Professional Development

SWO offers a range of training courses, providing cost effective CPD opportunities to those working in research, analysis and evidence. These complement our regular events themed around register your interest in upcoming events using the form at the bottom of the page. We can also provide bespoke training to help meet your organisation's specific needs which can either be delivered in-house or at our offices in Taunton - please email to let us know.
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RESEARCH & STATISTICS: What's Available?
In conjunction with Plymouth University we now offer various statistical training courses covering:

  • Introductory Statistics,
  • Intermediate Statistics,
  • Introduction to Quantitative Research Design and Method,
  • Introduction to Qualitative Research Design and Method and
  • Detailed Survey Design.

Click on the blue links below to find out more detail on what each course covers.

Use of Evidence & Analysis: Dr Phil Davies presents on 1 Feb 2012

Analysis and the use of evidence is a key competency for civil servants through the Download a previous programme for this training.

Register Your Interest

To register your interest in SWO training courses, or to suggest possible future courses, fill in the form below and click submit. We will be in touch in due course with information on any future training events we think will be of interest. You should receive an automated email when you click submit; if you do not, please email

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Training 2013
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Upcoming Courses
# Introductory Statistics - 27/06/2013
Examples of other training courses organised by SWO
Data Presentation & Visualisation

Customer Insight & Behaviour Change

Economics Demystified
Understanding & Influencing the Legislative Process

Use of data & information (bespoke, provided in-house for South West organisation)
What past participants have said

“Very clear presentation and patience in asking lots of questions”

“Excellent teaching – thank you!”

“Trainer developed a well put together session which was relevant to my current and future roles”