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International Social Research Methods Training  

The databank of International Social Research Methods Case Studies presented on this web resource has been developed and tested in a series of training workshops in international social research methods funded by the ESRC under its Researcher Development Initiative. The workshops were designed to meet the needs of early career researchers and research managers in all sectors (academia, local and central government, government agencies, voluntary and independent organisations) and from different cultures who are engaged in, embarking on or using social research with an international dimension.


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Web resource restored on: 25/05/2012


Using Statistical Regression Methods in Education Research   

The resource is primarily for researchers and students in the field of Education who have limited experience in quantitative research methods and wish to expand their expertise without drowning in a sea of abstract examples and formulae. This site is not aimed at statisticians or those with high levels of experience in quantitative methods. There are plenty of resources available which are pitched at such audiences. What there is a relative lack of are resources aimed at students or researchers in the field of education who do not have a background in statistics but wish to develop their quantitative skills and apply new tools to their work. If you fall into this second group then this site may be for you!


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Web resource restored on: 04/09/2011


Longitudinal Data Analysis for Social Science Researchers  

Longitudinal data are important for many social science disciplines as such data facilitates the investigation of empirical research questions relating to social change and social stability. Such investigations are not possible with cross-sectional data. At the current time there is a shortage of social scientists with skills appropriate for longitudinal data analysis. In the UK there is an increasing number of large-scale quantitative longitudinal datasets, and currently most remain under-analysed.


The project was originally a collaborative project between the Universities of Stirling, St Andrews and Strathclyde. The project delivered a one day introductory seminar and a five day workshop seminar each year for three years, and also further developed existing on-line training resources. The introductory seminar was designed for social researchers and post-graduate students who were new to the area of longitudinal data, and whose interests were substantive rather than methodological. The workshop seminar focused on longitudinal data analysis using large scale secondary surveys, developing researchers' basic skills and competence with longitudinal data. Participants were introduced to different sources of longitudinal data and various approaches to their analysis. The British Household Panel Survey and other social science based examples of data were employed throughout the workshop.


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Web resource restored on: 31/10/2011


Focusing on the case in quantitative and qualitative research   

The project had two interlinked aims: to develop the expertise of UK based researchers in the integrated employment of a range of case centred methods including: Numerical Taxonomy Methods - A set of computer techniques, particularly cluster analysis, which use quantitative multi-variate descriptions of cases to sort the cases into categories Qualitative Comparative Analysis - A set of methods in which detailed qualitative investigation of multiple cases forms the basis of systematic quantitative comparison Qualitative Statistical Modelling - Using statistics to help us make sense of qualitative data Traditional Case Study approaches - Qualitative description of one or more cases in which causality is explored through the use of narrative

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Web resource restored on: 25/11/2009


Practical Exemplars on the Analysis of Surveys   

P|E|A|S (Practical Exemplars on the Analysis of Surveys), supported by the ESRC Research Methods programme, aims to show social researchers:

  • How to analyze complex surveys using different packages
  • Why this is important by looking at the theory behind the methods and
  • What are the practical consequences for real examples
  • How to make allowance for survey non-response using weighting or imputation


The Web resource takes the survey analyst through exemplars of the use of different methods that are currently available for the analysis of complex surveys. It also containes materials from series of workshops held during the project tenure aimed at researchers analysing survey data. The participants used the draft training material to carry out analyses of selected data sets. The workshops were integral to the development of the web resource.

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Web resource restored on: 29/05/2012


GEOgraphical REFERencing resources for social scientists   

This web resource was the end-product of a project which was a continuation and development of the first Geo-Refer RDI award. The Geo-Refer projects addressed frequently-encountered challenges such as linking and mapping datasets with one or more geographical reference codes such as postcodes, census and administrative area codes. The aim of the second project was to further develop the Geo-Refer online training resources and in particular to customise the resources and offer them to researchers in specific areas by working with partner organizations such as the ESRC Census programme and SASPAC software consortium. Geographical referencing challenges particularly face those working with census datasets and in planning and local government settings, hence these were major foci of the project. Training was also provided to a range of young social science researchers who were not geographers and therefore did not have previous experience of geographical information systems. An initial aim had been to develop resources specifically in collaboration with a health research group but health researchers attended each of the other events. Two workshops were run for census audiences; for a local government/SASPAC user audience; to young researchers at the annual autumn school of the ESRC National Centre for Research Methods and to a general research audience at the ESRC Research Methods Festival in 2008.


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Web resource restored on: 12/05/2008