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NCRM Director Professor Patrick Sturgis to chair a review of the election polls

The final opinion polls before the election were clearly not as accurate as we would like, and the fact that all the pollsters underestimated the Conservative …

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Professor David Martin receives top honour from Royal Geographical Society

David Martin, Professor of Geography at the University of Southampton and NCRM Co-Director, is to be awarded the prestigious Back Award (2015) by the Royal …

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PhD studentship at NCRM: Quantitative Research Methods

We are seeking applications for a PhD studentship that will fit within the NCRM research programme. This studentship will be supported by NCRM and located …

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Updating the NCRM typology of social science research methods

Article by Rebekah Luff, Dorothy Byatt and David Martin, NCRM, University of Southampton (MethodsNews Spring 2015) Back in 2004, soon after the inception of the NCRM, a need …

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Medical spending around the developed world

Article by Eric French and Elaine Kelly, Institute for Fiscal Studies (MethodsNews Spring 2015) There are significant differences in how health services are financed and provided across the …

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Does birth weight mediate the effect of socioeconomic disadvantage on childhood growth?

Article by Melissa J Palmer and Richard J Silverwood, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (MethodsNews Spring 2015) Children from more deprived backgrounds are more likely to …

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Researching 'near miss' cycling situations

Article by Rachel Aldred, University of Westminster (MethodsNews Spring 2015) The Near Miss Project is the first project to collect data allowing us to calculate the rate …

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A probability-based web panel for the UK?

Article by Patrick Sturgis, NCRM, University of Southampton (MethodsNews Spring 2015) As interviewing costs continue to rise while response rates decline throughout the world, pressure is mounting …