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Struggling with Theory: A Beginning Scholar’s Experience with Mazzoni’s Arena Models

By Frances C. Fowler

"As a beginning researcher I had struggled to find an appropriate theory to ground my dissertation research, and I faced a second struggle as I began my first major research project as a new assistant professor. Eventually I selected Mazzoni’s arena model of policy…

A Latent Ability Model for Count Data and Application to Processing Speed

By Anna Doebler, Philipp Doebler and Heinz Holling

A new family of item response theory models for count data, based on item characteristic curves (ICCs) of binary models, is presented. These models assume a Poisson distribution for the observed scores where the mean is given by the product of a speed…

Developing Interview Protocols

By Jo D’Ardenne

 The aim of this chapter is to provide practical guidance on how to design a cognitive interview protocol. Interview protocols provide the cognitive interviewer with all the information he or she needs to carry out the interview […] In this chapter we will…

Basics of Qualitative Research: Inspiration and Background

By Juliet Corbin & Anselm Strauss

Persons choose to do research because they have a dream that somehow they will make a difference through the insights and understandings they arrive at through their research. But it is not enough to dream about doing research. Dreams must be brought to…

The Archaeology of Research Practices: A Social Work Case

By Ian F. Shaw

“From Foucault’s understanding of discursive forms, I suggest a hitherto little-recognized archival framework for understanding disparate but related objects, statements, and themes in social work research practices at Chicago in the third and fourth decades of the last century”.…

Blog Posts

Retreiving Data From Cloud Services (SaaS, PaaS, IaaS) Providers during Hurricane Sandy

I am looking for participants to be interviewed for my qualitative - Case Study on using the Cloud for Business Continuity during Hurricane Sandy.  If you were in NYC during Sandy and had problems backing up or retrieving data from the Cloud providers, I need to talk to you.

Posted by Cornel Levy on December 24, 2014 at 13:21

Electric Space: Space based solar power technologies and applications

Electric Space: Space based solar power technologies and applications By Ali Baghchehsara, Danny Royce Jones

Innovation has delivered humanity from the caves to the…


Posted by Ali Baghchehsara on December 15, 2014 at 22:00

Introductory webinars in 2015, from the UK Data Service

From January, the UK Data Service will be rolling out a programme of 26 regular webinars throughout the year. These will cover a collection of 14 core topics.

Webinars are online seminars which are free and easy to join without the expense and trouble of travel any further than to your own computer. To book or to find out more about our wider programme of outreach and training events including our specialist and one-off webinars please see our…


Posted by Helen Johnson on December 11, 2014 at 16:53

Webinar: Open geographies and open software - using open UKDS Census Support datasets in open source GIS software

21 January 2015

Online at 4 pm

This webinar will provide an introduction to the range of open data that is available through Census Support. Through practical examples based around the geographic visualisation and spatial analysis of census data we will explore the range of the open source GIS software that is available.

A large number of geospatial datasets, including boundaries and geographic look-up tables are available…


Posted by Alix Taylor on December 2, 2014 at 15:57

Learn how to embrace social media


***Read the event blog here***

Should social science researchers embrace social media and, if we do, what are the implications for our methods and practice?

We know that social media tools are increasingly being used to as part of the social sciences. The nature of these tools means that it is a fast changing environment, with new practices emerging all the time. Despite this, there is limited interaction between practitioners or synthesis of different methods. There are also few opportunities to reflect on the implications of social media tools for our subjects of study, methods and ethics. Our network of methodological innovation brings together academics, researchers and research stakeholders in a community of practice with members drawn from the cutting-edge of academia, market research and applied social research.

The network is led by NatCen Social Research, SAGE and the Oxford Internet Institute, and funded by the NCRM. It’s hosted over several different platforms, including Methodspace, Blogspot, Twitter and YouTube, and will run over 12 months.

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