The potentials of re-using ‘Dad Data’ (online)


20/05/2024 - 22/05/2024

Organised by:

University of Leeds (an NCRM partner)


Professor Anna Tarrant


Intermediate (some prior knowledge)


Marie Johnson
0113 343 4407

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Venue: Online


This Data Dive is aimed at researchers (in universities and elsewhere), research funders/commissioners, data analysts, policymakers, charities, and service users with special interests in childhood, family life, social policy and more. Expertise in fatherhood issues is not essential although participants should be open to exploring dad data as part of their broader research about childhood, family life and so on.  

Those not working directly with data are welcome to attend the presentations on days 1 and 3.

Spread across three days, this online short course introduces participants to sources of quantitative and qualitative data about fathers, or ‘dad data’, in the UK for research about children, young people, interparental relationships and families. Featuring discussion of both quantitative and qualitative datasets, the training will provide hands on experience of using ‘dad data’ and explore the potential and the value of re-using different data sources for advancing new knowledge. The course will showcase existing datasets in the UK; six national longitudinal studies about children and families that contain ‘dad data’ for the purpose of quantitative analysis, as well as the qualitative longitudinal datasets that feature the voices and experiences of fathers, that are stored in the Timescapes Archive at the University of Leeds. 

Via a mix of synchronous presentations and an asynchronous ‘data dive’, participants will be supported to develop their knowledge and hone their skills in identifying, accessing, reusing, and analysing existing quantitative and/or qualitative data about fathers. There will also be opportunities to explore the relevance of ‘dad data’ for your own work, as well as identifying new research questions and future directions. A group Q&A session on the last day will support exploration of challenges, new questions, and future opportunities for research with ‘dad data’.

The course covers: 

  • An exploration of why data generated both with and about dads are often overlooked as important sources of insight,

  • A showcase of existing sources of data about fathers, both quantitative and qualitative, including what data have been collected and are available for re-use, examples of re-use, where there are data collection and analysis gaps, and opportunities for future secondary analysis,
  • ‘Hands-on’ engagement with sources of quantitative and qualitative ‘dad data’ to explore existing and new research and policy/practice relevant questions and themes.

By the end of the course participants will:

  • Have considered the importance of ‘dad data’ for secondary analysis about children, young people, interparental relationships and families,
  • Have utilised and explored ‘dad data’ generated through major quantitative and qualitative studies exploring fatherhood,
  • Have an improved understanding of key quantitative and qualitative data sources about fathers in all their diversity, with a particular focus on UK datasets about young fathers and fathers during the infancy and adolescence of their children,
  • Have increased knowledge about how UK qualitative and quantitative longitudinal data relating to fathers have been collected and preserved,
  • Discover the potential of UK longitudinal study data (both quantitative and qualitative) about fathers including its value for exploring a much wider set of substantive themes,
  • Hear about father-related issues in study designs and data collection,
  • Benefit from engaging with different sources of data, as well as space to consider future secondary analysis projects.


Day 1: 10am – 1pm. Synchronous teaching online with some group discussion.

Day 2: Asynchronous unsupervised ‘data dive’ - course leaders will be on hand via email for queries/questions

Day 3: 10am – 1pm. Synchronous online workshop with Q&A.



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Participants wanting to engage directly with data on day 2 of the course should have prior experience of independent quantitative and/or qualitative analysis (if quantitative analysis – of a survey or longitudinal study using SPSS, STATA, SAS or Excel) so that they can work independently. Note: we will have analysis experts on hand (Professor Steve McKay for quantitative analysis and Professor Anna Tarrant for qualitative analysis) for queries that arise.

We can also pair attendees together if they would value peer support on day 2.

If you would like to analyse ‘dad-data’ in a quantitative dataset on Day 2, access to SPSS (preferable) or Stata, SAS or Excel is required. Participants analysing a quantitative dataset will need to register with and download data from the UK Data Archive (quantitative) in advance of day 2, and will be responsible for meeting archive requirements for data use and subsequent data deletion. Qualitative data will be provided to participants in advance. This process will be supported by the trainers.

Preparatory Reading

The kids are alright: adolescents and their fathers in the UK (research review)The kids are alright: adolescents and their fathers in the UK (review of longitudinal studies)

Hughes, K. and Tarrant, A. (2020) ‘Introducing Qualitative Secondary Analysis’, in: K. Hughes and A. Tarrant (eds) Qualitative Secondary Analysis, London: Sage.

Tarrant, A. (2017) Getting out of the swamp? Methodological reflections on using qualitative secondary analysis to develop research design, International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 20 (6): 599-611.


Rebecca Goldman is an Associate of the Fatherhood Institute and an independent research consultant.  She has expertise in father-data in quantitative datasets, and in evidence review. She has carried out several reviews of dad data in the UK’s large-scale quantitative studies (Where’s the Daddy, 2017; Who’s the Bloke in the Room, 2018, Bringing Baby Home, 2022, and The kids are alright, 2024), and reviewed methodological literature on own household fathers (living separately from their children) in longitudinal studies for the ESRC. Before that, she worked in central government departments, commissioning research and using evidence to inform policy and practice development.

Professor Anna Tarrant is Professor of Sociology at the University of Lincoln and a UKRI Future Leaders Fellow. She is leading a major seven study called Following Young Fathers Further, which examines the parenting journeys and support needs of young fathers, aged 25. She author of several books relevant to fatherhood, qualitative secondary analysis and data re-use. These include The Dynamics of Young Fatherhood (2024 with Bren Neale, Policy Press), Fathering and Poverty (2021, Policy Press), Men, Families and Poverty (2023, with Kahryn Hughes, Palgrave), and Qualitative Secondary Analysis (2020 with Kahryn Hughes, Sage).



The fee is £35 for students / £75 for staff working for academic institutions, Research Councils and other recognised research institutions, registered charity organisations and the public sector / £250 for all other participants. In the event of cancellation by the delegate a full refund of the course fee is available up to two weeks prior to the course. NO refunds are available after this date. If it is no longer possible to run a course due to circumstances beyond its control, NCRM reserves the right to cancel the course at its sole discretion at any time prior to the event. In this event every effort will be made to reschedule the course. If this is not possible or the new date is inconvenient a full refund of the course fee will be given. NCRM shall not be liable for any costs, losses or expenses that may be incurred as a result of its cancellation of a course, including but not limited to any travel or accommodation costs. The University of Southampton’s Online Store T&Cs also continue to apply

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Longitudinal Data Analysis, 'Dad Data', Fathers, Fatherhood, Children and young people, Families, Longitudinal analysis, quantitative secondary analysis, qualitative secondary analysis

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