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Methods News covers methodological developments in the social sciences and beyond, across all disciplines and sectors. We publish NCRM-related stories as well as updates from external organisations and individuals working with or researching quantitative, qualitative, digital, creative, visual, mixed and multimodal methods.

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 …

What are latent variables and why might they be useful?

Most of the time, social science researchers analysing quantitative data will tend to fit statistical models which explore variation in a single outcome variable. For example, …

Big qual: the breadth-and-depth method of working with large amounts of qualitative data

How can you analyse large amounts of qualitative data in a way that retains the distinctive characteristics of rigorous qualitative research? This is a question increasingly …

NCRM review shows growing pedagogical culture in research methods education within HE

There is a growing pedagogical culture in research methods education within UK universities, according to a new review paper published by NCRM researchers. The systematic review found …

Registration opens for Timescapes 10 Festival

Registration is open for the Timescapes 10 Festival, which takes place on 5-16 September 2022. The online event will be a celebration of progress and advances in …

E-festival recordings available

Videos from keynote speeches at the 2021 Research Methods e-Festival are available on the NCRM website. These are: Fiction as Social Inquiry (Dr Ash Watson) Can …

Social researchers better prepared for new crises after COVID-19 pandemic, NCRM review finds

NCRM has published a new rapid evidence review that synthesises how social researchers have adapted or designed research methods during the COVID-19 pandemic. The authors concluded that …

MethodsCon applications now open

Applications to attend MethodsCon are now open. The free event, which takes place in Manchester on 13-14 September, will feature more than 30 sessions on methods in …