23 May 2022
Anne Conolly, Research Director, will present her work on The National Survey on Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles at the Royal Statistical Society. The presentation is titled “Participant-collected biological samples in social surveys: the feasibility of vaginal swab collection”. To find more information about this event please refer to the RSS website.
10 May 2022
Gerry Nicolaas, Director of Methods, was a discussant at the Royal Statistical Society in-person event: Using social surveys to measure population Covid-19 and antibody prevalence. Gerry discussed the strengths and weaknesses of using surveys such as REACT and the COVID-19 Infection Survey to measure COVID-19 and anti-bodies prevalence. Presentations were given by Ruth Studley from ONS and Nick Gilby from Ipsos MORI.
04 May 2022
Guy Goodwin, Chief Executive at NatCen, spoke at the third SDC-net meeting on “Data Quality – finding a new normal”. Guy made a plea to the SDC-network for methodological leadership and investment, focusing on what surveys will look like in 2030 and how to get there. Other speakers included Rachel Skentelbery (Deputy Director, ONS) and Mary Gregory (Deputy Director, Office for Statistics Regulation). Information about SDC-net and upcoming events can be found on the NCRM website.
2 Feb 2022
The SDC-Net hosted its second event focused on computer-assisted video-interviewing (CAVI) and knock-to-nudge methods during the pandemic. Information about this and upcoming events can be found on the NCRM website.
27 Jan 2022
The Centre for Social Survey Transformation launched with Peter Cornick and Shanna Christie presenting NatCen’s REMoDEL approach to social survey transformation. Rewatch the event on the NatCen YouTube channel.
27 Jan 2022
In this blog, our colleagues share their experience of online questionnaire testing and how our approach during the pandemic changed. This blog provides a summary of a presentation given at a GenPopWeb2 event held in September 2021.
17 Dec 2021
Back in November 2021 Director of Methods Gerry Nicolaas presented at the Cathie Marsh memorial lecture. The lecture discussed gold standard surveys post-Covid and the value of social surveys such as the Covid-19 Infection Survey during the pandemic. Watch the recording on YouTube.
17 Sept 2021
The GenPopWeb2 network is hosting the final event in its series on COVID-19 and transitioning to online data collection in social surveys. The free virtual event, at 15:00 on 17 September, will comprise four presentations from experts who will showcase current evidence, experiences and approaches.
10 June 2021
Research Director Curtis Jessop has a new paper on linking Twitter and survey data, examining the amount of social media data available to link to surveys. The paper is based on research funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council, involving colleagues at the Universities of Cardiff, Essex and Mannheim (Germany).
19 Feb 2021
GenPopWeb2 is an ESRC-funded network of UK-based academic and non-academic partners to share knowledge and collaborate in the area of online data collection in social surveys. The network is led by Olga Maslovskaya (University of Southampton), Lisa Calderwood (UCL), Laura Wilson (ONS) and Gerry Nicolaas (NatCen).
15 Jan 2021
NEW BLOG: Natasha Phillips, researcher in the Methodology & Innovation Hub and questionnaire design expert, discusses how video interviewing has proved to be an excellent option for testing questionnaires during the pandemic, and one that can be utilised alongside more conventional modes now and in the future.
13 Jan 2021
The latest edition of the SRA journal Social Research Practice includes an article looking at How should we present ‘don’t know’ options in self-completion surveys? Lessons from three experiments (pdf), co-authored by Bernard Steen.
12 Jan 2021
Our Director of NatCen Learning, Debbie Collins, has written a quick start guide for the NCRM on planning to teach social research methods online - guiding principles. Find out more about the online courses that NatCen Learning can offer.