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Understanding Population Trends and Processes (UPTAP) web resource aims to build researchers' capacity in secondary analysis and promote the use of large-scale social science datasets, both qualitative and quantitative. The large scale datasets which are currently available contain data which can potentially be used to investigate a very wide range of substantive social science research questions. However, this resource project concentrated on a single topic, the demographic trends and socio-economic processes which affect the economy, society and the population. This ESRC-funded initiative is predominantly targeted at those who are at an early stage in their research career, or mid-career researchers wishing to enhance their skills, experience, knowledge and expertise in secondary analysis. 

Objectives

The principal objectives are: to build capacity in secondary analysis amongst new and mid-career researchers

  • to spread knowledge and use of secondary analysis through the social science community
  • to add value to the ESRC investments in the collection, preservation and promotion of large-scale national data sets, by encouraging their use and exploitation
  • in the longer term, to maximise the knowledge gained about economic and social change from secondary data analysis.

Authors

Prof. John Stillwell

 

Original Project

Secondary data analysis is the further analysis of an existing dataset which was collected for some other particular (primary) purpose or purposes. It includes various analytical practices that use existing data to investigate new research questions or to re-examine primary study questions for the purpose of corroboration. Secondary analysis presents interpretations, conclusions or knowledge in addition to, or different from, that presented in the first report on the enquiry as a whole and its main results. The challenge for those undertaking secondary analysis is to understand the conditions under which the data were collected so that they may be correctly interpreted, to devise ways of making imperfect data substitute for primary data, and to be imaginative and skilled in applying and developing methods that take account of these factors but still address the questions at hand.

Quick Summary

UPTAP is predominantly targeted at early or mid-career researchers wishing to enhance their skills, experience, knowledge and expertise in secondary data analysis. Consequently, the principal objectives of the UPTAP initiative are to:

  1. build capacity in secondary data analysis amongst new and mid-career researchers;
  2. spread knowledge and use of secondary analysis through and beyond the social science community;
  3. add value to the ESRC investments in the collection, preservation and promotion of large-scale national data sets by encouraging their use and exploitation; and
  4. in the longer term, to maximize the knowledge gained about economic and social change from secondary data analysis.

Classification

Quality in Qualitative Research :: Data Editing :: Data Matching :: Measurement ::

ReStoration date

This web resource has been restored on:2013-07-10

Last updated:

This web resource has been updated on:2013-07-30