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1 Statistics Training and ESRC Chris Skinner National Centre for Research Methods University of Southampton

2 Background 'critical deficit in quantitative skills within the UK Commission on the Social Sciences (2003) quantitative social science a strategically important and vulnerable subject HEFCE (2005)

3 Capacity Concerns shortages of people and skills quality of research

4 Challenges to promote interest in quantitative research, motivation to take up opportunities for training and development to provide opportunities for training and development, which address needs

5 ESRC Initiatives: Postgraduate training guidelines studentships (enhanced stipend of +£3k for advanced quantitative methods)

6 ESRC Programmes and Centres Analysis of Large and Complex Datasets Centre for Applied Social Surveys Research Methods Programme National Centre for Research Methods Researcher Development Initiative Quantitative Methods

7 Other ESRC Training linked to data resources, e.g. Economic and Social Data Service Training linked to programmes, e.g. Survey Design and Measurement Understanding Population Trends and Processes Teaching and Learning Research Programme

8 National Centre for Research Methods Hub at University of Southampton 6 Nodes including: -LEMMA (multilevel modelling) Bristol -Lancaster/Warwick (modelling) -BIAS (Bayesian methods) Imperial College Courses in Applied Social Surveys (CASS) (Southampton)

9 NCRM/CASS: introductory courses Descriptive and Inferential Statistics Exploring Relationships Regression Methods for Survey Data Essentials of Survey Design and Implementation Generalised Linear Models Intro. to Multilevel Modelling Intro. to Bayesian Inference using WinBUGS Workshops at BERA, BSA etc.

10 NCRM/CASS: more specialized courses/workshops 1 Structural Equation Modelling Longitudinal Data Analysis Duration Analysis Event History Analysis Bayesian Spatial Modelling Spatial Data Analysis with R

11 NCRM/CASS: more specialized courses/workshops 2 Recent Advances in Multilevel Modelling Multilevel Discrete Event History Analysis Bayesian Hierarchical Models using WinBUGS Bootstrap Methods and their Application Multi-dimensional Scaling

12 NCRM/CASS: more specialized courses/workshops 3 Methods for Missing Data Questionnaire Design Design and Implementation of Telephone Surveys Data Linkage: Exploring the Potential

13 Researcher Development Initiative Essex Summer School in Social Science Data Analysis and Collection Longitudinal Data Analysis for Social Science Researchers Tools and Training for Analysis of Multilevel Data with Missing Observations Scottish Social Survey Network

14 Issues in Training methods of training and adult learning: courses, ICT & e-learning, mentoring embedding training in different research contexts and career trajectories problem-based learning discipline-based or cross-disciplinary

15 Training infrastructure cascade models, training trainers, adding value consumer-led or producer-led funding regional vs. national (ESRC Regional Training Centres) ESRC/EPSRC academic/non-academic timing issues, e.g. annual courses, sustainability

16 Issues of Level heterogeneity of backgrounds provision at different levels progression

17 Challenges for NCRM developing and supporting a national training infrastructure (beyond PG level)

18 Coordinating Challenges for NCRM information and communications framework/curricula (building on PG training guidelines) levels, pre-requisites and self-assessment accreditation, CAT

19 Training the Trainers: supporting the teaching of research methods to postgraduate students in the social sciences Monday 4 June, Royal Statistical Society National Centre for Research Methods Researcher Development Initiative


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