'Social Research Practice' - the SRA journal

The SRA journal for methods in applied social research

'Social Research Practice' is an e-journal launched in November 2015. We welcome articles from anyone working in social research or social policy, whether as a producer or a user of research. The overall purpose of the journal is to encourage and promote high standards of social research for public benefit. It aims to encourage methodological development by giving practitioners the space and the incentive to share their knowledge, in a format which is more practical and, we hope, less daunting than the classic academic journal.

Journal editor and editorial board: please see the ‘Author guidelines’ for details


Volume 4, Summer 2017

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In this edition:

How to interpret large volumes of patient feedback: methods from computer-assisted linguistics
Gavin Brookes, University of Nottingham and Tony McEnery, Lancaster University

Visual methodology in the political sciences: film-based research methods to capture young people’s views on Brexit
Dr Sioned Pearce and Dr Stuart Fox, Cardiff University

Learning from the National Transition Worker Network
Cathy Street, Division of Mental Health and Wellbeing, Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick; Moli Paul, Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership Trust; and Swaran P Singh, Division of Mental Health and Wellbeing, Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick

Does reissuing unproductive cases in a face-to-face survey reduce non-response bias? Evidence from the Citizenship Survey
John D’Souza, HM Treasury; Patten Smith and Kevin Pickering, Ipsos MORI; Kathryn Gallop, KSG Research; and Angela Thompson, Royal College of Occupational Therapists


Volume 3, Winter 2017

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In this edition:

Removing the ‘gag’: involving people with dementia in research as advisers and participants
Jenni Brooks, Department of Psychology, Sociology and Politics, Sheffield Hallam University; Nada Savitch, Innovations in Dementia; Kate Gridley, Social Policy Research Unit, University of York

Gypsy and Traveller household formation rates
Nigel Moore, Opinion Research Services

An introduction to address-based online surveying
Joel Williams, Kantar Public

Adapting survey design for smartphones: lessons from usability testing and survey implementation
Tim Hanson and Peter Matthews, Kantar Public


Volume 2, Summer 2016

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In this edition:

Listening to young children in practice: using and adapting the Mosaic approach.
Cathy Street, Emma Wallace and Puja Joshi, NCB Research Unit and Lucy Williams, NCB Early Childhood Unit

Preparing transition from child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS): evaluating a creative participatory approach.
Caroline Lee, Cambridge Institute of Public Health, University of Cambridge

Addressing quality in social media research: the question of representivity.
Josh Keith, Ipsos MORI, Steven Ginnis, Ipsos MORI, Carl Miller, Centre for the Analysis of Social Media, Demos

Comparison of clustering effects for primary sampling units.
Kevin Pickering, Patten Smith and Ben Hornsby, Ipsos MORI


Volume 1, Winter 2015

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In this edition:

Increasing response rates in postal surveys while controlling costs: an experimental investigation.
Gerry Nicolaas, Patten Smith and Kevin Pickering, Ipsos MORI and Chris Branson, NHS England

Comparing agreement and item-specific response scales: results from an experiment.
Tim Hanson, TNS BMRB

Securing participation and getting accurate answers from teenage children in surveys: lessons from the UK Millennium Cohort Study.
Lisa Calderwood, Kate Smith, Emily Gilbert and Meghan Rainsberry, Centre for Longitudinal Studies, UCL Institute of Education and Sarah Knibbs and Kirsty Burston, Ipsos MORI

Seeking impact for research on policy tsars.
Dr Ruth Levitt and William Solesbury, visiting senior research fellows, King’s College London


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