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Selected reading

Counterfactual Framework and Assumptions

Shenyang Guo & Mark W. Fraser

“This chapter examines conceptual frameworks that guide the estimation of treatment effects as well as important assumptions that are embedded in observational studies”, and it is taken from Propensity Score Analysis which provides a…

Introducing Teaching in Higher Education

By Lucinda Becker and Pam Denicolo

“Why should we be good educators, or even want to be good teachers, just because we are intellectually impressive and research motivated? Where is the incentive and, just as importantly, where is the skill?”

In this introductory…

Foundations of working with Stata, The Essentials

By Kyle C. Longest

The thought of conducting statistical operations on top of learning a new computer program can be a doubly daunting task – often bringing with it a considerable amount of anxiety. This chapter from Using Stata for Quantitative Analysis is explicitly designed…

iPads as instructional tools to enhance learning opportunities for students with developmental disabilities

By Therese M Cumming, Iva Strnadová and Sylvia Singh

The study from the SAGE journal Action Research details an action research focused on the process and outcomes of the introduction of iPad technology to support students with developmental disabilities at a private high…

Blog Posts

Putting Quality Into Qualitative Research

What, exactly, is qualitative research, and more to the point, how can it be best deployed? Maybe those are the wrong questions to start with, suggest the authors a new textbook, Successful Qualitative Research: A Practical Guide for Beginners. Instead, say Virginia Braun…


Posted by SAGE Publications on September 2, 2014 at 10:00

Researchers, communities and ethically significant experiences - call for contributions

Thanks to those who have visited my research blog and left a comment.  I am receiving lots of views on the blog but only a small number of contributions. 

This is a problem for me because the contributions are my data and 'there ain't much of it'.…


Posted by Elena Wilson on August 29, 2014 at 1:03

Essex Home Coming: Digital Data Delights; 50 years of bits and bytes, 13 September 2014, University of Essex, Room LTB 7 (210)

The UK Data Archive, now a world-class and pioneering digital data archive, was set up in 1967 at the University. At this talk, Hersh Mann will showcase our best-loved collections and what our users do with these.

Dr Hersh Mann is Senior Training and Support Officer at the UK Data Archive. He has a long association with Essex, receiving both his bachelor’s degree and PhD in the Department of Government before joining the Archive in 2009.

Time: 10.30 - 11.30…


Posted by Helen Johnson on August 27, 2014 at 15:56

Big Data: No Free Lunch for Protecting Privacy

The past and future collided last year for the International Year of Statistics, when six professional organizations celebrated the multifaceted role of statistics in contemporary society to raise public awareness of statistics, and to promote thinking about the future of the discipline. The past came in the form of the 300th anniversary of Jacob Bernoulli’s Ars conjectandi (Art of Conjecturing) and the 250th anniversary of Thomas Bayes’ “An Essay Towards Solving a Problem in…


Posted by SAGE Publications on August 25, 2014 at 15:44

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.

Latest Activity

Josh Whitkin posted a discussion

exploratory efficacy for learning intervention - any suggestions on methods?

I'm working on an unannounced video-game based intervention that (in addition to its original aim.This game was built to raise awareness of the need for independent living skills among foster youth. We are doing a good RCT for them...but the game may be having effects on many other topics for a general population aged 8-15.I've observed 100 kids playing it for 1 hour each, and based on my observations and unstructured chats with them while they played, I think the game could be affecting their…See More
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William Vann, III Social Studies posted a discussion

Message to the Negro Sanhedrin by William Vann III

Message to The Negro Sanhedrin free books[Download book] Message to the Negro Sanhedrin by William Vann IIIPosted by Title: Message to the Negro Sanhedrin by William Vann…See More
Rasha Dergham posted a discussion

Calling all Business Case Writers!

The John Molson MBA International Case Competition is inviting submissions of original business cases to compete in its annual case writing competition.Cases should be aimed at students in MBA programs and must be:Unpublished, untested and not presented or discussed in any public form. A maximum of 20 pages of narrative, limited to 250 words per page, double spaced and no more than 30 pages including financial documentation and other appendices. Based on either field research or research from…See More



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