Online courses on research methods in anthropology

Online courses on research methods in anthropology here: http://www.distance.ufl.edu/rms These fee-based courses were developed with support from NSF are now moving online. The Research Methods in Anthropology certificate of completion program is designed for those seeking to strengthen their skills in field research methods. Five courses are offered this summer: Text Analysis, Network Analysis, Geospatial Analysis, Behavioral […]

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Going Global with the Zimbardo Time Perspective Inventory: A Researcher Tells Her Tale

How do our perceptions of time affect the decisions we make and how can we measure this across countries and cultures? Anna  Sircova, freelance researcher based in Copenhagen, Denmark, uses the Zimbardo Time Perspective Inventory to address these questions and more in the new study titled “Global Look at Time: A 24-Country Study of the […]

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What”s missing from SAGE”s list of methods of analysis?

SAGE is trying to improve and update its list of current methods of analysis (both quantitative and qualitative) to bring it in line with changing fashions and new innovations of analysis, and is also interested in supporting each method with new teaching and learning resources such as teaching datasets, videos abd other analytic tools.   Please […]

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Quantitative Answer for: What is a good political system?

Using Formal Axiology and the definition of David Easton’s concept of a political system, political scientists can now empirically assess the goodness of any political system in the world. With Formal Axiology’s Value Calculus, comparative political systems, public policies, and public laws can be rated with math-like clarity. Learn how at, Formal Axiology and the […]

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A warm invite to Gender, Research and Evaluation community

Warm greetings! I work as Knowledge Share facilitator with the project Engendering Policy through Evaluation at Institute of Social Studies Trust, India.The project is funded by IDRC and Ford Foundation. We are in the second year of a three-year project. The project aims to strengthen understanding of the gendered implications of policies and programmes and […]

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Everybody”s Gonna Have a Number

This month I’m going to take a break from statistical methods and focus, instead, on a particular statistic: citation counts. Recently I discovered Google Scholar Citations, and I was blown away. Introduced in November 2011, this web-based service has the potential to revolutionize the counting of citations to individual persons and their published works. And […]

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Transformative Research Paradigm in Orality and Literacy

Background Exploring orality, oral tradition and literacy practices including ordinary experience, situated knowledge, continuity of experience, social construction of knowledge, and community as learning center my epistemic worldviews constructed to recognize the multiple realities. In this regard I would like to cite Hitchcock and Hughes (1989), “the basic ontological and epistemological assumption held by any […]

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Why You Probably Need More Imputations Than You Think

Over the last decade, multiple imputation has rapidly become one of the most widely-used methods for handling missing data. However, one of the big uncertainties about the practice of multiple imputation is how many imputed data sets are needed to get good results. In this post, I’ll summarize what I know about this issue. Bottom […]

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Designing for Emergence in Focus groups

Designing for Emergence in Focus Groups        One of the most common pieces of advice in introductions to qualitative research is the need to alternate between data collection and data analysis. The common metaphor here is a cyclical rather than a linear process. Another name for this strategy is emergent design, where the original […]

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