ESRC Survey Skills Programme

The Survey Skills Programme is an exciting opportunity for social researchers to gain a first-hand insight into the social survey process in the 'real world' and to improve their skills in survey research methods. A prestigious collaboration of academic institutes and professional research organisations, including the National Centre for Social Research, the Office for National Statistics, the British Market Research Bureau and IpsosMORI have joined together to offer a wide range of training opportunities covering all stages of the survey research process. The aim is to strengthen the relationships between those who organise, carry out and use surveys, as well as improve the quality of survey research.

Survey Skills is open to postgraduate research students, academics and researchers from the NHS, local and central government and other public bodies, as well as those working in the charity and voluntary sectors.

We hope to give new researchers good practical experience on various aspects of social surveys to complement their theoretical learning at uni. Researchers are invited to a very low-cost one-day workshop which covers various aspects of running a social survey plus show case one specific survey - we aim to run 12 workshops each year which will take place in various venues across the UK. Then participants are able to sign up for up to 4 days of placements on different aspects of surveys - e.g. going out with an interviewer, working with a team designing a new survey etc. Workshops cost between £20 and £50 depending on employment status, and further placements days are free of charge. Employing organisations will need to fund travel and subsistence but there is a small fund of money for travel support for those who are unfunded. We do want our workshops to be accessible to all, so please do contact me about travel support (or support with paying the workshop fee) if this would make it possible for you to attend.

For more details of the workshop timetable please visit our website: If you click on 'survey skills' in the left hand menu, and then click on 'workshops' this will take you to our timetable and booking form. Alternatively email Bev Botting, Survey Skills Outreach Officer; tel 020 7549 9513SRA