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1 ESDS Resources Anthony Rafferty ESDS Government Centre for Census and Survey Research University of Manchester

2 ESDS Government Supports major UK data series –Large surveys conducted, usually by government –Eg: Family Resources Survey Labour Force Survey General Household Survey British Crime Survey –Repeated cross-sections, often continuous –Important, widely used microdata Joint service –Team at UK Data Archive ingest and archive data –Team at Manchester deal with users –Registration for the data managed by ESDS centrally

3 Role Too much stuff? –Navigating users through the right materials –Creating additional materials to help users discover datasets and supporting materials Promoting the use of the data Encouraging good practice Bridging the gap between data collector and users

4 Annual themes Workshops and other materials are related to an annual substantive theme –Year 1: Employment and the Labour Market –Year 2: Health –Year 3: Social capital –Year 4: Ethnicity Ensures that work has an emphasis on substantive research Each year a thematic guide is produced which looks at how to explore the research theme with the data

5 Web-based resources to support users Thematic Guides FAQs & Starting Analysis Methodological Guides –SPSS, Stata –Guide to weighting Publications database Data usage search Links to other web resources

6 Outreach events Introductory workshops Joint workshops with other ESDS services Methods Research conferences Dataset user meetings Other presentations Posters

7 Improving the usability of data Creating annual themed teaching datasets Change over time – comparison of variables, LFS, GHS –Generating syntax to enable comparability Harmonising Vital Statistics access and formatting

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11 Keeping in touch Biannual newsletter newslist Home page contains news –Our news –New data Helpdesk

12 Further info… Helpdesk: (0161) Website: JISCmail:

13 Survey Link Scheme 2007 Survey Link Scheme

14 ORGANISATIONS INVOLVED Office for National Statistics (ONS) National Centre for Social Research (NATCEN) BMRB INTERNATIONAL Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER), University of Essex in collaboration with NOP University of Surrey

15 WHAT IS INVOLVED? Attending a 1-Day Workshop at the Regional location of your choice Normally an optional fieldwork visit with an Interviewer within NATCEN, ONS, ISER, and BMRB Travel expenses are paid University of Surrey

16 WORKSHOPS The one day includes: A brief overview of the BLAISE computer program used in the development of questionnaires Construction of the questionnaire and practical discussion on interviewing A Survey Organisations presentation on the use of CAPI on a major survey undertaken by the major organisations University of Surrey

17 WORKSHOPS The day is concerned essentially with the gathering of data and how quality is assured. It is not concerned with the analysis of data which is the subject of other workshops University of Surrey

18 WHO BENEFITS? Social Science Researchers Post Graduate Students: –MSc. –Ph.D. Teachers of Research Methods Researchers (non-Academic) University of Surrey

19 Currently few Social Research Methods Courses for postgraduates provide more than a general treatment of Computer Assisted Personal Interviewing (CAPI). University of Surrey Survey Link Scheme WHY APPLY?

20 Survey Link Scheme Programme University of Surrey

21 CONTACTS Online: htm Administrator - Jenny Rains TEL: University of Surrey


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