Webinar to explore use of FOI requests in research

NCRM news
Ed Grover

A free webinar will explore the use of freedom of information (FOI) requests in social research.

The NCRM event – FOI requests as a research tool: collaboration beyond academia – takes place on Wednesday, 16 November, between 17:00 and 18:00 GMT.

The speaker is Gary Ruskin, executive director of U.S. Right to Know, an investigative research group that promotes transparency in issues related to public health.

Mr Ruskin will introduce the group's work and discuss his experience working on FOI-based investigations in collaboration with academic researchers. His presentation will be followed by a conversation with the audience.

Researchers from any sector are welcome to attend, including those working in civil society organisations that conduct their own research and investigations.

Organised by a team from the Global Health Policy Unit at the University of Edinburgh, the webinar is the first in a series of three online events on the use of FOI in research.

The series, which is part of NCRM’s Innovation Fora programme, will conclude with an in-person workshop in London in March 2023 that will expand on some of the discussions from the webinars.

The researchers organising the series are Dr Kathrin Lauber, Dr Eleanor Brooks and Dr Rob Ralston.

NCRM’s Innovation Fora programme aims to stimulate imaginative developments in research methods within the social science community and beyond.

Register for the webinar