ECONOMIC & SOCIAL RESEARCH COUNCIL

Longitudinal Data Analysis
for
Social Science Researchers

USE THE LINKS FROM THIS PAGE TO ACCESS THE BULK OF OUR ONLINE TRAINING MATERIALS

 

SUMMARY OF ON-LINE MATERIALS

(1) Workshop materials / (2) Live presentations / (3) Support materials /

(4) Restricted access resouces [WebCT] / (5) Working papers / Background and rationale

 

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Workshop materials

Follow this link to access resources associated with the project's one- and five-day training workshops.

These constitute the core resources provided during the Longitudinal Data Analysis for Social Science Researchers project.

 

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Live presentations

Use the following links to access video/audio presentations of the following sessions from the training workshops:

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There are also a few other internet sources for live presentations on longitudinal survey data analysis. Some that we recommend are:

 

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Support materials

Support materials relevant to the reseach process of working with quantitative longitudinal data in the social sciences are available from a number of links within this site (including the left-hand navigation bar).

For ease of navigation we would draw your attention to the following pages within this site:

Software support page: Stata Tips, internal training resources, and external links introducing Stata, with an emphasis on command programming ('do files') suitable to working with quantitative longitudinal resources
Software support page: SPSS Tips, internal training resources, and external links introducing SPSS, with an emphasis on command programming (syntax files) suitable to working with quantitative longitudinal resources
Software review page Comments on and links to alternative software suitable for longitudinal data managment and data analysis tasks
Data sources Links and commentary on resources for accessing longitudinal survey datasets
Datasets: UK / Non-UK Two pages giving links and commentary on leading longitudinal survey data from the UK and elsewhere.
UK research training Links to further training resources in the UK concerned with longitudinal data analysis issues
Research institutes Links to influential research institutes which exploit longitudinal survey data resources

 

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Restricted access resouces [WebCT]

Between Spring 2005 and Summer 2006 this website made extensive use of a virtual learning environment software, 'WebCT', in order to allow restricted access to many of the training and support materials described above.

From September 2006 onwards, the large majority of these materials have been made directly available online (follow the links from this page).

In a few instances, usually concerning people who have attended previous training sessions on this project and/or we have had direct contact with on a specific issue, we continue to use the WebCT site to deliver materials. Access to this site is controlled by us, and users must have been supplied with a personalised user name and password by us.

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Working papers

Follow this link to access publications associated with the project.

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Background and rationale

This page gives links to the various training and support materials which are available for download from this site.

The website for the project 'Longitudinal Data Analysis for Social Science Researchers' distributes a number of materials aimed at promoting access to and skills in the analysis of quantitative longitudinal data in the social science research community. Particular emphasis is placed upon developing capacity in analysing large-scale UK government funded longitudinal surveys. The project is funded as part of the ESRC's Researcher Development Initiative, and also builds upon a previous ESRC training project associated with the ESRC Research Methods Programme.

The development and release of these materials has been premised upon some of our own perceptions over what are the most common barriers which prevent social scientists from making more frequent use of longitudinal survey data resources. We believe the most important challenges are:

We release materials through this website in broadly five groups of resources, although the first of these feature by far the most materials:

  1. Workshop materials. Downloadable presentation files, papers, and software exercises, and further training links, covering the contents of the project's one- and five-day training workshops.
  2. Live presentations. A suite of audio and video presentations of selected sessions from the training workshops.
  3. Support materials. Guidance and further links covering longitudinal data resources, training and software support.
  4. Restricted access resources. Usually only relevant to a small number of users who have been in direct contact with members of the project.
  5. Working papers. A small group of project working papers are also available.

 

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