February 2015 useful stuff roundup

Did you know we’ve a Facebook group for The Research Companion? Every day myself and others share resources, ask for advice and swap tips on how to do research in the social or health sciences or development. You’re welcome to join us, but for those who aren’t on Facebook or are unable to use it, here’s a monthly round up of the best of the stuff that’s been shared in February 2015.

Tools, books, papers and resources
Narrative analysis of paradata from the Poverty in the UK survey. A worked example

What evidence is available and what is required, in humanitarian assistance?

Cartoon introduction to statistics

Film – First do no harm: a qualitative research documentary (of use to anyone working in health, development and cross cultural practice)

David Carr’s 10 pieces of work and life advice

Social Science in Sixty Seconds

How black lives have always mattered. A reading list

Further reading for psychology courses (via Taylor and Francis)

On doing research in places where research seems impossible

Building networks for evidence-informed policy in Africa

Learning+something=something brilliant

Advice for young academics

Tips for securing a postdoc job

What do social media users think about the people who research them?

Using artefact cards for academic writing

Research uptake – what is it and can it be measured?

Thoughtful paper unpacking the multiple ethical needs for participants, communities and researchers at all stages of a study.

Very nice idea from the group Kissing It Better – they invite people to contribute practical ideas they’ve used/tried to improve care. Can be adapted for work in education, development and of course what we’re doing here with research

Here’s one of the first papers I read on ‘participatory research’, it’s still a classic IMO

Ben Page from market research company Ipsos Mori recommended this brief and comprehensive guide on sampling and statistics

Collaborating with young people through a research advisory group

‘This is my story’ – patients talk about how they joined in with research (via Involve)

Lovely, pragmatic essay on ‘practice based evidence’

From tweet, to blog post, to peer reviewed article

UCL’s Global Health channel

Ethics and materials in participatory research

International Journal of Social Research Methodology, Virtual Issue (open access) on Mixed Methods

What happens when you don’t write good?

Small data for shorter feedback loops and local planning

Roundup of psychology podcasts

Ebola: lessons for development (round up of talks and resources for tackling health emergencies)

Psychology journal bans significance testing

This summer, CRHP will be offering three experiential courses: an Experiential Course in Health and Development, an Experiential Course in Sustainable Agriculture, and a Documentary Filmmaking Course.

Free online course in Citizen Engagement, starts in March

Short courses in research methods at the University of Bristol

Designing apps for healthcare courses

Conferences, talks and events
General introduction to Bayesian analysis

7 March – Radical Statistics Conference, London

11 and 12 March – Authenticity to Action Conference. University of Central Lancashire

PsyPag Masters Awards, deadline 13 March

15 May – Fieldwork in challenging circumstances, Kent

4-5 June – Secondary analysis of qualitative data. Essex.

6-10 July – Manchester Methods Summer School, Manchester

20-24 July – Summer course for research design in the social, behavioural and economic sciences. North Carolina

2015 Science Festivals Around the World

Lots of events coming up via the Medical Sociology Early Career Researcher Group

Just for fun
If you’ve ever been interviewed or sat on a panel of interviewers here’s 20 tips for interview success that may appeal

24 struggles you’ll only understand if you’re dating a PhD student

10 charts inspired by Morrissey

Apology cards by academic discipline

As you can see from the start of this post, we said ‘good bye’ to Leonard Nimoy (aka Dr Spock from Star Trek) at the close of this month. StoryCorps paid tribute with their short animation ‘Eyes on the Stars’ where physicist Ronald E.McNair’s brother Carl talks about what inspired him to be a scientist.

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