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7th ESRC Research Methods Festival - save the date!

National Centre for Research Methods is organising the 7th ESRC Research Methods Festival. The festival will be held at the University of Bath from 5th to …

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Latest research methods audio and video

Latest audio podcasts: Care data: the challenges of linking health service data; Neil Serougi; 19 July 2015 Data linkage: challenges and opportunities; Peter Elias; 19 July 2015 Teaching and …

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How Consistent is Respondent Behaviour to Allow Linkage to Health Administrative Data over Time?

Household surveys are increasingly being linked to administrative records with the potential of greatly enriching survey content on subjects such as health, education and income. One …

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Does Audio-recording Open-ended Survey Questions Improve Data Quality?

While the vast majority of survey questions use fixed response options, there is a long tradition in survey research of obtaining less structured data from respondents. …

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The Inquiry into the Failure of the 2015 Pre-election polls

The only people who woke up on the morning of May the 8th this year feeling worse than Ed Milliband and Nick Clegg were the pollsters. …

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Tackling quantitative methods pedagogy

The challenge of training future cohorts of quantitative social science researchers to secure the ‘pipeline’ from school/undergraduate study through postgraduate to postdoctoral research, depends not only …

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Crime sensing with social media

The majority of individuals aged under twenty in the Western world were ‘born digital’ and will not recall a time without access to the Internet. Combined …

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Obtaining consent to link administration data for children in surveys

As fewer people are responding to surveys than ever before, the linking of administrative records to survey responses is a potentially important tool to obtain new, …