FSD Bulletin

Issue 33 (2/2011)

ISSN 1795-5262

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In Brief

» Methods Festival in Finland
» Mixed Methods Research
» Book Published on Non-response
» FSD Participating in EU-funded Projects

Methods Festival in Finland

The second Methods Festival held in Finland took place at the University of Tampere on 30-31 August 2011. There were 550 participants from all over the country, researchers, postgraduate students, university teachers and other persons interested in research methods. With over 20 thematic sessions, two pleniums, one panel discussion and pre- and post-courses, it was a packed event.

More information:
» http://www.uta.fi/yti/verkosto/metodifestivaali2011/english/index.php/index.html

Mixed Methods Research

The Methods Festival also covered mixed methods. A plenium speaker, professor Max Bergman from the University of Basel, gave a presentation on the ten most common mistakes in mixed methods research. In a session focusing on the issue, presentations by Bergman and professors Niina Nummela (Turku School of Economic) and Lili-Anne Kihl (University of Tampere) gave further information and viewpoints.

More information:
» http://www.uta.fi/yti/verkosto/metodifestivaali2011/ohjelma/keskiviikko/mixed.html

Book Published on Non-response

Improving Survey Response: Lessons Learned from the European Social Survey (italicseilla) (Stoop et al. 2010) contains a detailed coverage of nonresponse issues. The book discusses potential causes of nonresponse and how to combat it, with examples of best practices and experiments from 25 European countries. It aims to help researchers reduce nonresponse bias rather than focus on increasing the overall response rate.

More information:
Ineke Stoop & Jaak Billiet & Achim Koch & Rory Fitzgerald (2010): Improving Survey Response: Lessons Learned from the European Social Survey. Padstow, Corwall: Wiley.

FSD Participating in EU-funded Projects

FSD takes part in the Data Without Boundaries (DwB) project which aims to improve and enhance remote access to confidential data, increase cooperation between national statistical institutes (NSIs) and the CESSDA network, and to create an intergrated model for accessing official statistics across European boundaries. FSD leads one of the work package and contributes to another. The four-year project started in May 2011.

Data Service Infrastructures for the Social Sciences and Humanities (DASISH) started in January 2012 and will run for three years. It will bring together all ESFRI research infrastructure initiatives in the social sciences and humanities: CLARIN, DARIAH, CESSDA, ESS and SHARE. The aim is to find possible synergies in the infrastructure development. FSD is contributing to five of the project's eight work packages.