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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…

Handling qualitative data: Setting up your project

By Lyn Richards

This chapter is about starting out sure-footed. It advises on ways of specifying what you are setting out to do, why, and how you will do it. It urges that in setting up you should be usefully reflecting on your research question, whether it requires…

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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

Webinar: 2011 Census - aggregate data, 2pm, 27 January 2015

The aggregate outputs from UK censuses provide detailed, high quality information on a wide range of the demographic and socio-economic characteristics of people and households across the UK. They are, however, large and very complex datasets, which can make them difficult to understand and use effectively.


This webinar will focus on aggregate outputs from the UK 2011 Census and demonstrate how new methods of managing and providing access to them have made it much easier to…


Posted by Helen Johnson on January 9, 2015 at 10:51

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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