Methods for Research Synthesis
3rd & 4th September 2015, Glamorgan Building, King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff University
Focusing on the complexity that is inherent in any social context, this course will explore the theory and practice of the synthesis of social research. Since decision-makers ask questions that can be answered by many different types of research, we will explore the role of the research question in driving the selection of the synthesis method. We will emphasise the importance of checking that the synthesis method and the evidence included in the review are fit for the purpose of addressing the question, by exploring issues such as the critical appraisal of the primary studies and the robustness of the synthesis findings. We will cover a range of synthesis types, concentrating on meta-analysis to answer "what works?" questions, and meta ethnography and thematic synthesis to answer questions concerning people's experiences and perceptions. The course will include activities throughout.
The course covers:
- The purpose and characteristics of different types of synthesis
- Calculating effect sizes and carrying out a meta-analysis
- ‘Translating’ findings between papers and synthesising qualitative research & theory
- Mixed methods synthesis
By the end of the course participants will:
- Be aware of the range of methods for research synthesis and their different characteristics and purposes
- Understand how to prepare data for, and carry out a meta-analysis
- Have an understanding of the principles and processes associated with synthesising qualitative research and theory
- Understand some of the ways in which different types of research might be combined, and when this can be appropriate and useful
The course is designed for graduates and experienced policy-makers, practitioners, managers and researchers wanting to become skilled in synthesis methods. Participants should be familiar with social research methods and have some knowledge of systematic review methods.
The fee is:
- £60 for UK registered students
- £120 for staff at UK academic institutions, UK Research Councils researchers, UK public sector staff and staff at UK registered charity organisations and recognised UK research institutions.
- £440 for all other participants.
All fees include event materials, lunch, morning and afternoon tea. They do not include travel and accommodation costs. Further information about this event can be found here
Help Shape the Content of the MCS Age 17 Survey
The Centre for Longitudinal Studies is seeking input into what should be covered in the age 17 survey of the Millennium Cohort Study (MCS), scheduled for 2018. Age 17 marks a major transition in the cohort members’ lives and has the potential to be a particularly important and illuminating stage of the study. Your expertise will help us produce a high quality survey that meets the needs of researchers across a range of disciplines and that has the potential to influence policy.
The CLS are asking academics, policy makers and other stakeholders to put forward their specific suggestions for content and questions by Friday 11th September 2015. They would also like to invite you to join them at the MCS7 Consultative Conference on Monday 16th November 2015. Registration will open on Monday 14th September 2015.
The CLS have organised the survey content into three key themes, with a scientific advisory group responsible for reviewing and prioritising your proposals, and presenting a summary for debate at the consultative conference.
The MCS7 scientific advisory group are:
- Chris Taylor (Cardiff University)
- Louise Arsenault (King's College, London)
- Paul Gregg (University of Bath)
- Helen Sweeting (University of Glasgow)
- Russell Viner (UCL Institute of Child Health)
The Age 17 scientific consultation contains three broad themes:
- Activities and daily life: The behaviour of young adults and the activities they are engaged in (such as education, training, work, relationships, risky behaviours and social media, exercise/diet and cultural participation) will be important to measure well. For the first time diverging activities (not just school) will be crucial to capture
- Socio-emotional development: Having well-validated, state-of-the-art measures of non-cognitive/socio-emotional characteristics (such as personality, motivation, decision-making and mental health and wellbeing)
- Cognitive development: Having objectively measured, well-validated measures of cognition covering domains (such as crystallised skills, fluid intelligence, numeracy and executive function) is vital
Further information about how to take part is available here
Register for the conference:
Date: Monday 16th November 2015
Time: 9.30am – 4.30pm
Location: Institute of Education, University of London
Book your place via the CLS website
from Monday 14th September.
The conference is free of charge.
Global Equality and Diversity (GED): Experiencing Diversity in the Workplace
25th November 2015, Level 32, 40 Bank Street, Canary Wharf, London, E14 5NR
A step change is taking place in thinking and action on equality and diversity in the workplace.
Booking is now open for this international conference and broadcast.
The launch of the "National Equality Standard" sees equality and diversity understanding and benchmarking moving to a new level of accreditation. This conferences addresses the issues in public and business, connecting their wellbeing and success to their adoption of equality and diversity with insights coming from academic study and leading business organisational practice.
Questions guiding the conference include but are not limited to the following:
- How is ‘diversity’ perceived and accounted for by Universities?
- How are Universities preparing for new transparency legislation?
- What kind of processes and policies are introduced and which are successful?
- What are the challenges related to devising and implementing equality and diversity policy in Universities?
- How do individuals experience diversity in the workplace?
Full agenda and booking information can be seen here
Competition launched to support empowering communities
The Carnegie UK Trust is challenging organisations to put wellbeing at the heart of their work by empowering users and communities. The philanthropic organisation is offering up to £10,000 to the organisation which is doing the most to reshape services by putting citizens in the driving seat.
The UK-wide competition follows recent research carried out by the Trust which found the majority of the public felt that they had too little control over the public services that they received. Now, organisations from the public, charitable and private sector are being given the chance to compete for a prize fund to help contribute towards projects that put power in the hands of communities and citizens.
Those entering the competition will be assessed on their application of Carnegie’s eight steps towards an ‘enabling state’, as highlighted in the Trust’s recent report. Examples include: getting out of the way, giving people help to do more and investing in disadvantaged communities.
Previous examples of projects that the Trust has worked with include organisations that have supported young people to play a more active role in their community and helped to reduce crime in an area facing social and economic challenges, as well as a campaign which brought a local forest into community control.
The judging panel for the competition will be made up of experts across the public, business and third sectors from around the country, including Sir John Elvidge and Sir Adrian Webb.
To enter the competition applicants are required to submit a three minute video alongside a written summary of their projects. Five projects will each be awarded £5,000. An overall winner from these five will then be decided by public vote, with a celebratory event to be held in London in November. The overall winner will also be presented with an extra £5,000 towards their project.
To apply or to view further examples of how organisations are currently working towards an enabling state approach, please visit: enablingstate.co.uk
You can download a poster to display in your centre here