On October 14, 2019, researchers Lincy Lee Marino and Shirley Koshiba, from Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC), attended a week long Socio-Economic Measure (SEM) Training Program in Guam.
Throughout the workshop, Ms. Marino and Ms. Koshiba learned how to use the IBM Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) software; a program designed to analyze socioeconomic datasets. The use of this software will allow researchers to analyze social data for past, present and future socioeconomic research.
Upon their return to Palau, researchers Marino and Koshiba plan to use IBM-SPSS software to analyze the data set from the PICRC Baseline Socioeconomic research project carried out from 2015-2018. In this particular research, Ms. Marino and Ms. Koshiba will analyze Palauan’s perceptions of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and their impact on their livelihood; especially on food security and income generation. The data collected in 14 different states will be analyzed, and the production of a national report is expected by the end of December.
Capacity building is one of PICRC’s focal points. The SEM Training Program allowed Ms. Marino and Ms. Koshiba to build upon previous knowledge, and helped them become more efficient in social data analysis. This skill will play a major role in future research as they prepare a new project—starting in January— regarding the Palau National Marine Sanctuary (PNMS). PICRC is committed to continuing to nurture high-caliber staff to strengthen conservation efforts in Palau.