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Registration opens for 2021 Research Methods e-Festival

Registration is now open for the 2021 Research Methods e-Festival, which will be held online on 25-29 October. The e-festival will feature more than 80 sessions over

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NCRM publishes online learning resource on fake news research

A new NCRM learning resource explores the subject of fake news and the tools that can be used to study it. The online resource is presented by

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Online learning resource on Bayesian methods now available

A new online learning resource on modern Bayesian computation is now available on the NCRM website. Presented by Dr Gabriel Katz from the University of Exeter, the

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Understanding Society to host survey methods mini-conference

Understanding Society is hosting a four-day, online mini-conference on 27-30 September. Sessions will include keynote talks, paper presentations and training, with each day of the conference focusing

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SafePod Network levels up access to data for public benefit research

The SafePod Network (SPN) is a major new research innovation providing standardised safe settings (SafePods) across the UK to enable researchers to securely access datasets to

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NCRM videos watched more than one million times

The NCRM YouTube channel has reached a significant new milestone, with views of its videos now totalling more than one million. The channel has published 320 videos

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Survey experts to discuss transition to online data collection

The GenPopWeb2 network is hosting the final event in its series on COVID-19 and transitioning to online data collection in social surveys. The free, virtual event,

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Multilevel modelling: what we’ve learnt from our research

In many practical situations when it comes to modelling data through a simple linear regression, we may have the scenario where observations are somehow similar, correlated

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Delivering a national research methods training programme in a pandemic

Professor David Martin, Co-Director of NCRM, has written a new blog post about the ways that the centre adapted to the challenges posed by the COVID-19

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Random effects models: practical training for social scientists

This week I am just back from teaching a two-week course at the Essex Summer School called Introduction to Multilevel Models. Traditionally a popular annual residential

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Podcast to explore methods for dementia research

A new podcast mini-series produced by Dementia Researcher and NCRM will explore a variety of research methods and their application in dementia research. The host of

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New book on embodied inquiry published by Bloomsbury and NCRM

A new book published by Bloomsbury and NCRM provides an introduction to the subject of embodied inquiry and explores how the approach can be successfully applied

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2021 Research Methods e-Festival – SAVE THE DATE

If you have not seen already, the 2021 Research Methods e-Festival is happening on 25-29 October. If the “e” was not clue enough, this year’s event

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Resource on cross-classified models added to NCRM website

A new online resource on cross-classified models is now available on the NCRM website. The resource includes four videos, comprising lectures and a practical walkthrough, as

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NCRM publishes ethnographic research guide

A new guide on ethnographic research during the COVID-19 pandemic has been added to the NCRM website. The publication, called The NCRM wayfinder guide to conducting

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Telephone interviewing toolkit available to researchers

A new toolkit that considers the role of telephone interviewing in qualitative research is available on the NCRM website. The Telephone Methods Toolkit explores the advantages