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A practical guide to developing research objects when undertaking reproducible statistically orientated social science research during COVID-19

The unprecedented nature of the COVID-19 global pandemic has had extremely disruptive effects on contemporary social life. The empirical findings that flow from social science inquiries

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Vacancy: Research Officer in Latent Network Modelling

The Department of Methodology at the London School of Economics and Political Science is looking to recruit a Research Officer (PhD desired but not required)

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10th GESIS Summer School in Survey Methodology 2021 – Registration is open

The  GESIS Summer School 2021 will take place from 28 July - 20 August. In its 10th anniversary year, it will again (as in the first

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MethodSpace: Posts, Resources and Webinars on the Research Journey

From the initial questions through dissemination of findings, each month in 2021 SAGE MethodSpace is focusing on one research stage. For each stage, experienced researchers

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Creative Research Methods in Education - new book

This new book by Helen Kara, Narelle Lemon, Dawn Mannay and Megan McPherson contains practical advice and tips on how to use creative methods in education research,

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Census 2021/2022 could be the most important Census in decades

Experts from the UK Data Service are encouraging people to fill out this year’s Census because the information will help navigate our way to recovery.  Oliver

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A practical guide to adopting transparent and reproducible practices in statistically orientated social science research during COVID-19

The unprecedented nature of the COVID-19 global pandemic has had momentously disruptive effects on contemporary social life. The empirical findings that flow from social science inquiries

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New NCRM wayfinder guide to doing ethical research during Covid-19

The Covid-19 pandemic has brought about significant changes to social research practices. Social distancing and restrictions to travel and access to sites have disrupted research projects

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New waves of COVID-19 variables added to CLOSER Discovery

CLOSER has added 15,000 new variables including 5,000 COVID-19 related to CLOSER Discovery – the UK’s most detailed search engine for longitudinal data. Users can now search

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Changing Research Practices II: Continuing Methods Responses and Research Strategy in Covid-19 Times

With further funding from ESRC, the project on how social research practices are changing in light of Covid-19 is continuing into a new phase March-September

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The NCRM wayfinder guide to adapting participatory methods for Covid-19

The Covid-19 pandemic has brought about significant changes to social research practices. The need for social distancing and restrictions to travel have particularly affected research that

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The NCRM wayfinder guide to adapting interview practices for Covid-19

The Covid-19 pandemic has necessitated considerable changes to research practices. This includes a dominant method for the social researcher – the in person interview – made

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Analysing data from longitudinal studies animations launched on the CLOSER Learning Hub

Four new animations introducing methods for the analysis of data from longitudinal studies have been added to the CLOSER Learning Hub. The animation series covers

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Register for the Measuring prices and welfare conference, Cemmap

Registration is open for the free, online conference on Measuring prices and welfare (28-29 April) organised by the Centre for microdata methods and practices (cemmap).  This

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NHS administrative data now linked to 1958 and 1970 birth cohort studies

Information from the NHS about cohort members’ health care and treatment in hospitals has now been linked to two longitudinal cohort studies, which have collected survey

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Understanding Society Changing Families mini-conference

Understanding Society are hosting a week-long online conference exploring families in the UK.   The week will focus on research on families and partnerships, using longitudinal or