Doing Social Research: Practical Guides and Online Tools
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About
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This list of online resources has been curated by Nissa Ramsay, Think Social Tech, in Feb-Mar 2018 on behalf of the Open Data Institute
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Information about the project can be found here
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https://theodi.org/blog/invitation-to-tender-development-of-applied-best-practice-research-guides
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https://medium.com/@thinksocialtech/what-does-best-practice-look-like-for-organisations-doing-applied-social-research-b66bd5b3d48c
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Read the final project blog post and find out more about a range of open guides to doing social research here:
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https://theodi.org/article/check-out-our-rd-open-research-tools/
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https://medium.com/@thinksocialtech/reflections-developing-best-practice-research-guides-for-multidisciplinary-teams-46e9025a9da9
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Contact
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nissa@thinksocialtech.org
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Please feel free to contribute to this resource and to use it where helpful. It will be updated and maintained throughout 2018
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https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/
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Resources have been included where:
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Focus on the practicalities of doing research
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Provide useful tips about applying methods
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Give a good overview of the research process or collate other guides about research methods
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Have been reccomended by professionals in applied social research
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Are freely available online (although some are academic or closed access they have been included where they meet the criteria above)
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The following codes have been used to group the resources
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Code nameNotes
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Overview
A general introduction or a resource which includes guidance on various methods or approaches to applied social research and selecting method
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Survey
Sampling, questionnaire design
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Interview
Includes guides to qualitative research and ethnographic interviews
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Online Tools
Includes guides outlining or explaining different tools to collect data online/using mobile
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Research process
Information about informed consent, ethics, GDPR, administration, research principles
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Data visualisation
How to create and judge good visualisations
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GDPR/ Data Protection/ Informed Consent/ Safeguarding
Includes infromed consent, guides and frameworks that focus on GDPR for social research and maintaining privacy through digital data collection
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Selecting methods
Overview guides comparing methods
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User Research
User experience, service design, user-centered design and usability (Includes moderated, unmoderated and guerilla) methods, observation
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Social Media
Twitter data, focus on the research methods and processes
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Analysis
Includes quantitative/qualitative, user research analysis, grounded theory
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Reporting
Creating actionable insights
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Literature reviews
What to think about when doing a literature review, how to write it up
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Workshops
includes user research and service design methods
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Online Guides
Guides deemed particularly useful to teams undertaking applied social research
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Online Research ToolsFree tools available online
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Acknowledgements
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Thanks to the following organisations and people for their contributions to this resource (feel free to add your name)
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New Philanthropy Capitalhttps://www.thinknpc.org/
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Snookhttps://wearesnook.com/
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CAST
https://medium.com/@wearecast/
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Charity Catalogue
https://charitycatalogue.com/
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Linda Raftreehttps://lindaraftree.com/
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Nestahttps://www.nesta.org.uk/
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David Kanehttps://twitter.com/kanedr
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Anna Maria Petruccelli
https://twitter.com/AnnnaPetru
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Harry Harrold, Neon Tribe
https://www.neontribe.co.uk/
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Mor Rubinstein, 360 Giving
http://www.threesixtygiving.org/
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Jake Grout-Smith, Comic Relief
www.comicrelief.com
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Ed Howarth , Bath Social and Development Research Ltd
http://bathsdr.org/
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Harriet Pearce Willis, NCVO Charities Evaluation Services
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Kate Towsey
https://airtable.com/universe/exp7BidtSB73ihAqw/user-research-tool-box?explore=true
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