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NCRM establishes new engagement initiatives

NCRM is running a series of new engagement activities that aim to boost research methods training within the social sciences and beyond. As part of its current

Report examines emerging field of computational social science

NCRM has published a new interdisciplinary report that examines the emerging research field of computational social science (CSS). The report offers insight into the shape of CSS,

Webinar series to explore decolonial research methods

Eminent scholars will explore the topic of decolonial research methods in a new NCRM webinar series. The six-part series aims to prompt researchers to reflect on the

Biographical mapping resources available

The University of Manchester has published new resources on how to use biographical maps to research earlier life experiences. Biographical mapping is a rich, multisensory approach to

New publications offer guidance on secondary data analysis and resources

NCRM has published two new guides on the subject of secondary data. The publications are: The NCRM wayfinder guide to moving to secondary data analysis The

Changing Research Practices project enters third phase

NCRM's Changing Research Practices project is now in its third phase. Launched in 2020, the project looks at how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected research

Four key methods for evaluating policy impact

It has often been said that COVID-19 has made amateur epidemiologists of us all, and perhaps less often, amateur behavioural scientists and economists too. As society has

Report examines interface of health research and social science

A new NCRM report examines the interface of health research and social science. The report is based on three mini-studies: a survey of top health-social science journals;

Online learning resource on factorial survey experiments now available

A new online learning resource on factorial survey experiments (FSEs) is now available on the NCRM website. Presented by Dr Tamara Gutfleisch from the University of Mannheim,

Workshop to explore online survey design

A workshop organised by the GenPopWeb2 network will explore the design and implementation of online surveys. The free event will take place online on Tuesday, 28

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

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

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

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

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

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