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Navigating FOI in the UK

The third and final webinar of our series on freedom of information (FOI) requests in social research focused on the United Kingdom. With the Freedom …

Explore the Health and Employment After Fifty study in CLOSER Discovery

Researchers can now explore data from the Health and Employment After Fifty (HEAF) study in CLOSER Discovery – the UK’s most detailed research tool for longitudinal …

Creative methods: How to capitalise on creativity in participatory research

How can creative methods be presented as a valid tool in participatory research? And what are the empirical implications? If these questions draw your attention to …

Freedom of information at the EU – who can access what and how?

The second webinar in our series on freedom of information in social research focused on access to European Union (EU) documents and the role of …

Why FOI requests are a powerful but under-used research tool

Freedom of Information (FOI) laws are a crucial tool for the transparency and accountability of public institutions. Many countries have access to information laws, though …

Having an honest conversation about ethics in participatory research

I am one of several organisers of NCRM’s Collaborative and Participatory Methodological Special Interest Group, which has helped to shape a new webinar series called …

The demand for statistical fluency in longitudinal data

Nowadays, biomedical and social science researchers have access to data more than ever before. These data can provide extremely useful insights to describe, investigate and predict …

Comparative judgement for measuring the hard-to-measure

The hard-to-measure Social scientists are often interested in theoretical constructs that elude efficient and reliable measurement, such as ‘beauty’ or ‘reading comprehension’. Developing instruments for hard-to-measure constructs …