Archive for February, 2012

Trust in Europe During a Time of Crisis

By Kieron L Jones, on 24 February 2012

6pm, 19 March 2012

Sir David Davies Lecture Theatre
Roberts Building

Followed by a drinks reception in the Roberts Foyer, UCL

With one of the most tumultuous years in European affairs now just behind us, the challenges facing Europe today remain arguably as great as any faced in the history of the EU. Against this backdrop, the lecture will draw on the most recent opinion survey data from an annual survey by Edelman on the state of trust between four major constituencies – Government, Business, NGOs and the media – and examine what these findings means for the way in which each needs to understand the others, and how to engage with them as a result. It will also consider some specific implications for the European Union, its policy-making and institutions, and the conduct of public affairs in it, during such a time of crisis of confidence.


Martin Porter, Managing Director, Edelman The Centre
Professor Richard Bellamy, UCL Europe Institute

The event will be chaired by Professor David Coen, UCL School of Public Policy

Organised by the UCL European Institute and UCL Public Policy

To register for this event or to read more about UCL Public Policy, please see our website.

Mixed methods and narrative research: resources for secondary data analysis from the 1958 British Birth Cohort Study

By Kieron L Jones, on 22 February 2012

Date: 6 March 2012
Location: Institute of Education, London

A few places are still available for a free workshop on mixed methods and narrative research that explores resources for secondary data analysis from the 1958 British Birth Cohort Study, also known as the National Child Development Study.

The workshop, which will take place on 6 March 2012 at the Institute of Education in London, will look at how qualitative resources from the study can be used in tandem with the quantitative longitudinal data to carry out mixed methods research. However researchers may also be interested in the qualitative materials in isolation as rich resources for secondary analysis or as material to help inform and frame new data collection.

This is one of a series of events, organised by ESDS, in support of the ESRC’s Secondary Data Analysis Initiative. These events are designed for researchers who are not current users of these ESRC-funded data resources, and who wish to apply for grants under this Initiative. It is not suitable for students.

This course is free to attend but booking is essential. Cancellations must be received within 5 working days of the event, otherwise a cancellation fee of £25 will be charged.

Book now to avoid disappointment. See details and booking form here http://www.esds.ac.uk/news/eventdetail.asp?id=3102


By Kieron L Jones, on 13 February 2012

Zanran helps you to find ‘semi-structured’ data on the web. This is the numerical data that people have presented as graphs and tables and charts. For example, the data could be a graph in a PDF report, or a table in an Excel spreadsheet, or a barchart shown as an image in an HTML page. This huge amount of information can be difficult to find using conventional search engines, which are focused primarily on finding text rather than graphs, tables and bar charts.

Put more simply: Zanran is Google for data.”

Gateway – Corruption Assessment Toolbox

By Kieron L Jones, on 13 February 2012

The Gateway is co-funded by the European Commission and the United Nations Development Programme. It aims to provide a set of tools to aid project developers to evaluate and select tools for corruption assessments. Over 300 tools to diagnose and analyse corruption are currently indexed. In this context a tool is defined on the website as ‘any research methodology whose primary aim is to identify the extent of corruption, corruption risks, and/or anti-corruption (integrity, transparency, accountability) in a given context’. It is possible to search tools for nation/ international analysis, or by type of corruption e.g. government, business. Each record details the methodology, coverage and then links through to its website. In many cases reports based on the tool can then be downloaded.

Opinions and Lifestyle Survey user meeting

By Kieron L Jones, on 7 February 2012

Wednesday 21 March 2012, 9.30am – 1pm

Royal Statistical Society, Errol Street, London, EC1Y 8LX

ESDS Government has organised this half-day Opinions and Lifestyle Survey user meeting, which will comprise a number of papers from users of the current ONS Opinions Survey and the General Lifestyle Survey. The user meeting will also provide users with valuable information from ONS on the content and methodology of the new Opinions and Lifestyle Survey that will be created in 2012 as a result of merging the ONS Opinions survey with some of the previous General Lifestyle Survey questions. For more information on this please see the ONS website at http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/about-ons/consultations/closed-consultations/2011/the-future-of-the-glf-survey/index.html

To view the programme and book a place for the user meeting please go to http://www.ccsr.ac.uk/esds/events/2012-03-21/