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The Holy Name University Research Center conducted its regular Research Skills Training in the morning of October 17, 2009 at the HNU Academic Conference Room. The said training, which was participated in by selected college faculty members from each department aims to develop the adeptness of potential faculty researchers in conducting researches. It was also an avenue to update and enhance the research capabilities of faculty members who were already involved in various researches.

Dr. Lorelei Crisologo Mendoza, a Professor of Economics at the University of the Philippines College Baguio, was invited to share her knowledge and expertise on "Household Analysis" which was the theme of the training. In her presentation entitled "Household Analysis and Community Studies: Cases from the Cordillera Region," she discussed some studies conducted in the Cordillera Region which were used to generate and analyze community and household data. Such data greatly helped the Cordillera Studies Center to define and redefine its research objectives. In her talk, she emphasized the importance of doing an initial community-level or household-level analysis before a researcher can proceed to his or her research study. Conducting household analysis could help a researcher formulate the objectives of his or her research, thereby making it possible to produce more concrete and realistic research outputs.

After the presentation, there was a professional exchange of ideas during the open forum. Participants eagerly expressed their concerns regarding the conduct of research. Some participants made clarifications regarding the topic presented while others meanwhile sought advice on how to push through research plans. The speaker gave insights on redefining the research objectives, reviewing of related literature, as well as formulating the research design and methodology. She advised participants to enhance their ways of interpreting the data gathered. Furthermore, she encouraged participants to extensively utilize the data which they have currently gathered.

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