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Dad-shaped holes and opportunities in data about UK children

Dads feature in the lives of the vast majority of children. In Millennium Cohort Study (MCS) data (see chart below), 85 per cent of 17-year-olds lived …

What is agent-based modelling and how can it be useful for public health research?

As public health researchers, we are accustomed to wrestling with multifaceted challenges that surpass simple cause-and-effect relationships. Whether it be disease transmission, obesity, or addressing health …

Research with children and young people

The final webinar in the 2023 Critical Conversations series was focused on research with children and young people. The conversations started with lightning talks from …

How do you analyse large amounts of qualitative data? Try our step-by-step guide

Data-driven research skills feature on the UKRI ESRC’s agenda for supporting social scientists across all career stages. NCRM has pioneered work in this field for qualitative …

Researching children and terrorism: the pros and woes of building an original dataset

In September 2021, Cressida Dick, then-Metropolitan Police Commissioner, warned of children forming a "new generation of extremists" in the United Kingdom. Her comment came in …

What do we mean by impact in the context of participatory research?

What do we mean by "impact" in the context of participatory research? What does impact mean to the people who participate in our research? What methods …

The role of participatory research in influencing policy

This blog post engages with some of the questions prompted by the first Critical Conversations session of 2023, which focused on influencing policy. Following last …

Screening the Social: on filmmaking and methods

On 13 to 24 November 2023, a new online film festival will showcase over 20 films, all of which have emerged from social research projects. The …