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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 twelve months.
The SAGE Handbook of Evaluation
Ian Shaw, Jennifer C Greene and Melvin M Mark
The SAGE Handbook of Evaluation is an authoritative resource consisting of 25 chapters covering a range of evaluation theories and techniques in a single, accessible volume. With contributions from world-leading figures in their fields overseen by an eminent international editorial board, this handbook is an extensive resource on the area.
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Analyzing Social Networks
Stephen P Borgatti, Martin G Everett and Jeffrey C Johnson
Providing a complete guide to this method from the authorities in the field, this book takes readers through the entire process involved with analysing social networks.
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Testing the Validity of Gender Ideology Items by Implementing Probing Questions in Web Surveys
Dorothée Behr, Michael Braun, Lars Kaczmirek, and Wolfgang Bandilla
This article from Field Methods examines the use of probing techniques in web surveys to identify validity problems of items. Conventional cognitive interviewing is usually based on small sample sizes and thus precludes quantifying the findings in a meaningful way or testing small or special…
Agent-Based Simulation Models in Organization Science
Agent-based simulation models can reproduce the interactions between members of an organization or between different organizations in an artificial environment where ‘‘agents’’ make decisions and communicate with one another. This article from Organizational Research Methods discusses possible applications to core issues in organization science and provides an introductory guide to simulation…
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