'Working with Paradata, Marginalia and Fieldnotes: The Centrality of By-Products of Social Research'

Series Name School of Management/ESRC/NCRM
Type Lectures & Talks
Starts at Jan 14, 2014 10:00 AM
Ends at Jan 14, 2014 04:30 PM
Venue College Court Conference Centre, University of Leicester
Open To Public
Ticket Price Free
For Bookings Contact Henrietta O’Connor hso1@le.ac.uk

Paradata, marginalia, fieldnotes and letters are all by-products of the process of social research which can add considerable depth to our understanding of the research process. It is only recently, however, that researchers have begun to recognise the value of such data. In the field of large-scale survey data paradata analysis has become more widespread with researchers increasingly turning their attention to the context in which questionnaires are completed, observations made during the interview and the impact of such factors on the recruitment and retention of participants. For those researchers undertaking secondary analysis of datasets the value of paradata and marginalia in the form of fieldnotes and fieldworker comments in the margins of questionnaires is invaluable and can cast light on the otherwise hidden aspects of field research.

This free one-day conference offers academics and postgraduate students the opportunity to learn more about recent research that addresses the issue of how to make use of the by-products of social research. The day represents a unique chance for a dialogue across disciplines and research paradigms: across social sciences and humanities, historical and contemporary data, primary and secondary sources, quantitative and qualitative approaches – each highly important with the increasing emphasis of research councils on interdisciplinary and secondary research.

This is a free conference with lunch included but pre-registration is required as places are limited. To reserve your place please visit our online store.

A limited number of travel bursaries are available to postgraduate students. Please contact Henrietta O’Connor (hso1@le.ac.uk) for more information.