Category Archives: Methods

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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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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Values and conflict in the voluntary sector

Malin Arvidson, who is part of the Third Sector Research Centre, gave a seminar yesterday about some of the work she has been doing on the Real Times project.  The Real Times project is longitudinal (which means that it follows people … Continue reading

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Population projection – and it’s depressing

My take-home message from today was slightly depressing.  Sure, women do indeed live longer than men – but they live nearly all of those extra years with a disability.  Sigh…  I have a lingering interest in long-term care (for which … Continue reading

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Time-varying covariates II

My division runs a reading group.  The subject is always methodological – this semester it’s a textbook on longitudinal data analysis (“Applied Longitudinal Data Analysis: Modeling Change and Event Occurrence” by Singer and Willett, for those who are interested).  The … Continue reading

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