Category Archives: Academic research

I trust we’re all in this together…?

Spot the odd one out. I trust you. She’s a trusting soul. Do you trust him? Generally speaking, would you say that most people can be trusted or that you can’t be too careful in dealing with people? Of course … Continue reading

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Another advantage of longitudinal data

I have been having trouble formulating an important argument in one of my PhD papers, so I’m going to rehearse it here.  If anyone could help me to refine it, I’d be eternally grateful if you’d let me know… Longitudinal … Continue reading

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Survey Data Not Be All And End All – Shock

Apparently there’s more to research than survey data – who knew? Those who have been paying attention will remember that I have used the National Child Development Study (NCDS) to examine the relationship between volunteering and political activity for the … Continue reading

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A civic recovery? Or a graph of er… something-or-other.

Last year, I bought a copy of Political Participation in Britain (Paul Whiteley, 2012).  On page 86 there is a graph (bear with me…) of responses to one of the questions from the British Election Study Continuous Monitoring Survey.  This … Continue reading

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This shouldn’t be a surprise, but ‘gold’ costs an average of £1727 while ‘green’ is free…

I admit, I am coming in a little late on this one.  It turns out that publishing papers may be about to cost money.  An average of £1727 per paper, if RCUK has done its sums right. Some lovely folks … Continue reading

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Who should be responsible for policy evaluation?

The Guardian has published a note by Nick Axford on when a charity might wish to carry out a randomised controlled trial. Axford works for a charity which promotes the use of evidence in designing services for children and families.  … Continue reading

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First, select your cohort

The first of the national cohort studies, the one begun one week in March 1946 has been the subject of a series of Radio 4 interviews and a newspaper article this week.  A cohort study follows a group of people (the cohort) … Continue reading

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“…part of what I call the Big Society…”

The Prime Minister has gone and brought it up again.  I confess that I’m a little slow off the mark, and this is actually from before Christmas (thank you to George Disney for pointing it out to me) but I … Continue reading

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Time use surveys and volunteering

I’ve been reading up on the available (UK) time use data on volunteering and found a short technical paper produced by Kimberley Fisher from the Centre for Time Use Research.  The paper’s interesting in its own right, but here’s what … Continue reading

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Having trouble funding your longitudinal data collection…?

My friend Francis Brearley was running into just such a problem and has decided to try crowd-sourcing i.e. asking many people to fund a little of the project.  (If you’re in the US, you’ll be familiar with the technique through … Continue reading

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