Paradata then and now 1: Marginalia forms and narratives in the Poverty in the UK survey.

Heather Elliott, Professor Ros Edwards, Professor Ann Phoenix and Dr Janet Boddy, NOVELLA NCRM Research Mode, Institute of Education

This paper explores the nature of the paradata from Townsend's influential 1967-68 Poverty in the UK survey, a product of the technology, and the social and professional mores of the time. We will consider the notes written by fieldworkers in the margins of the survey booklets, looking at the types of marginalia and the stories that they tell.

Achieving high response rates and balanced samples in household surveys: The role of paradata

Mark Hanly, University of Bristol

Methodologists are increasingly exploring the use of paradata collected by the interviewers during the fieldwork period; for example, observations on the sampled household and surrounding area, utterances recorded during the respondent-interviewer interaction and detailed records on call timing and outcome. This paper outlines ways in which paradata can be used to understand the survey response process, and explores examples from a large national survey: The Irish Longitudinal Study of Ageing (TILDA).

Fieldnotes, marginalia and paradata in youth employment restudies, 1960-1985

Dr Henrietta O’Connor and Dr John Goodwin, University of Leicester

Drawing on our experience of secondary data analysis of both qualitative and quantitative historical data sources, this paper highlights the importance of fieldnotes, paradata and marginalia when revisiting studies from the past. We will use examples from three historical studies of youth employment, from the 1960s and 1980s, to illustrate the importance of these by-products of social research to the secondary analyst.

Paradata then and now 2: Paradata in poverty surveys, 1968 and 2012

Professor Dave Gordon and Dr Eldin Fahmy, Townsend Centre for International Poverty Research, University of Bristol

This paper considers the applications of survey paradata in informing survey-based research on poverty and in the light of changes in technology, and social and professional mores. We will illustrate some of these observations by presenting an analysis of interview behaviour coding data for the 2012 UK Poverty and Social Exclusion survey.

Marginalia and the history of reading: The example of the UK Reading Experience Database

Dr Shafquat Towheed, Lecturer in English, The Open University

People have written in books for as long as they have existed, and readers’ impulses to annotate, comment upon, extend, reject, or undermine the intentions of writers is endless. This paper will provide an overview of a case study demonstrating the complexities and benefits of dealing with marginalia through the example of the Anglo-Florentine aesthete and public intellectual, 'Vernon Lee' (Violet Paget, 1856-1935).

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Dr Henrietta O’Connor, University of Leicester

Professor Ros Edwards, University of Southampton

Professor Ann Phoenix, Institute of Education

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