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Selected reading

Defining and Framing the Population

By Edward Blair & Johnny Blair

This chapter addresses the first two steps in the sampling process, defining and framing the population. In this chapter, you will learn the following:

  • How to define the population of interest in operational terms
  • Possible sources of…

Different Types of Panel Surveys

By Simonetta Longhi & Alita Nandi

Panel surveys can be collected for different purposes and, like other surveys, they have different features. In this chapter we discuss the main aspects of panel surveys: who is interviewed, how many times, how the data can be collected. We then give a short…

Enhancing the Quality and Credibility of Qualitative Studies

By Michael Quinn Patton

This chapter concludes the book by addressing ways to enhance the quality and credibility of qualitative analysis. Module 76 discusses and demonstrates analytical processes for enhancing credibility by systematically engaging and questioning the data.…

What are data? Ethnographic experiences with young offenders

By Tea T Bengtsson  

Drawing on a recent field study in a secure care institution for young offenders, this article analyses how an apparent failure to obtain data was based on pre-established ideals of what ethnographic data are.…

Evaluation of cluster recovery for small area relative risk models

By Chawarat Rotejanaprasert

“The analysis of disease risk is often considered via relative risk. The comparison of relative risk estimation methods with “true risk” scenarios has been…

Blog Posts

An Example of R Versatility

By Dave Collingridge

In my last blog post I mentioned a few advantages to learning R. One of those advantages is that R opens up a world of new data analyses. There are novel techniques available in R that are not found in the ANALYZE drop down menus of SPSS, Stata, and Statistica. Novel techniques in R can be a big help in situations…


Posted by SAGE Publications on January 28, 2015 at 20:35

Webinar: UK Data Service: an introduction to data on education, 11 am, 27 January 2015

The UK Data Service is holding an hour-long webinar on the topic of education.

This is a collaborative webinar involving Beate Lichtwardt from the UK Data Service at the University of Essex and Professor Emla Fitzsimons from the Institute of Education, Centre for Longitudinal Studies, at the University College London.

The webinar will showcase data on the topic of education that is available from the UK Data Service and will highlight the research potential of the…


Posted by Helen Johnson on January 20, 2015 at 17:01

Remembering Nayeche and the Gray Bull Engiro (book review)

Remembering Nayeche and the Gray Bull Engiro: African Storytellers of the Karamoja Plateau and the Plains of Turkana.

By Mustafa Kemal Mirzeler. 2014. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. 365 pages.

ISBN: 9781442626317 (soft cover).

Reviewed by Assefa Dibaba, Indiana University


[Word count: 1028…


Posted by Assefa Tefera Dibaba on January 18, 2015 at 16:14

Interanational Journal of Humanities and Cultural Studies call for papers (January-March 2015 issue)

Call for papers

The International Journal of Humanities and Cultural Studies (ISSN 2356-5926) invites original, unpublished, quality research articles/case studies in the fields of humanities, anthropology, business studies, communication studies, criminology, cross-cultural studies, development studies, economics, education, ethics, geography, history,  international relations,  linguistics, media studies, methodology, philosophy, political science, psychology,…


Posted by IJHCS on January 9, 2015 at 18:17

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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