'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 7, Winter 2019

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In this edition:

Participant engagement in longitudinal studies: current practice, opportunities and challenges
Alison Park, Lisa Calderwood and Erica Wong, UCL Institute of Education

Comparing data quality from personal computers and mobile devices in an online survey among professionals
Bob Erens, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine; Debbie Collins, NatCen Social Research; Tommaso Manacorda, Jennifer Gosling, Nicholas Mays and David Reid, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine; William Taylor, Royal College of General Practitioners

Exploring digital stories as research in higher education
Liz Austen, Megan Jones and Anna-Sophia Wawera, Sheffield HallamUniversity

Volume 6, Summer 2018

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In this edition:

The NatCen Panel: developing an open probability-based mixed-mode panel in Great Britain
Curtis Jessop, Survey Research Centre, NatCen Social Research

Using comparative judgement to explore drivers behind confidence in qualifications and
the qualification system
Vasile Rotaru, Qualifications Wales

The challenges of conducting research inside Syria
Sally Gowland, BBC Media Action

Navigating the NHS and HRA ethics and governance process: a worked example
Hannah Hartley and Emma V Bolton, University of Leeds

Volume 5, Winter 2018

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In this edition:

Surveying young people in the smartphone age
Peter Matthews and Emily Bell, Kantar Public, and Alexander Wenz, University of Essex

Map-making and walking interviews: a psycho-social approach to researching with male sex workers
George Dake and Alastair Roy, Psychosocial Research Unit, School of Social Work, Care and Community, University of Central Lancashire

Evaluating Holiday Kitchen: capturing children’s perspectives on a summer holiday food and activities programme
Jane O’Connor and Rose Lowe, Birmingham City University, and Sian Every and Caroline Wolhuter, Accord Group

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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