Customized Webinars: What Do You Want to Know

Webinars are available to help your organization get the most from your Roper Center membership or determine what level of membership is right for your institution. See examples of possible webinars below, or ask for a review of those tools and topic areas of greatest interest to your users. Webinars are scheduled at an convenient time for you. Contact Alexis Bortle, Membership Coordinator, at to schedule your webinar.

I. Introduction to Roper Center Services

This 30-40 minute webinar offers a tour through the various services available through the Roper Center, including the free services and member-only services. Coverage includes detailed search strategies for using iPOLL and the Catalog of Dataset holdings and reviews the interactive functionality of the databases. It reviews the various options to obtain crosstabulations using iPOLL, RoperExpress and RoperExplorer—an online data analysis tool that requires no programming.

II. Using iPOLL

This 30 minute webinar will review the content and functionality of iPOLL, the Roper Center’s database of US public opinion questions and answers collected since the 1930s and as recently as last week. We will talk about the nuts and bolts of searching this database and review approaches to generating results for real research questions.

III. Accessing Datasets at the Roper Center

This 30 minute webinar will cover methods of identifying studies to be used to run detailed data analysis and downloading datasets. Using SPSS and the RoperExplorer online analysis tool, this interactive webinar will run through generating basic crosstabs.

IV. RoperExplorer Data Analysis Tool

This 30 minute webinar will cover using RoperExplorer, a tool for generating crosstabs with no statistical packages or programming. Participants will create basic tables to explain how people responding to one question answered another. For example, do Americans who attend religious services weekly differ on their opinions of gay marriage than those who do not go to church or synagogue?