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The NCRM 2021 Research Methods e-Festival took place from 25-29 October 2021. The event was a celebration of research methods with an interdisciplinary social science flavour.

The e-festival featured more than 80 sessions run over five days, with more than 130 speakers offering diverse perspectives on the festival’s theme: innovation, adaptation and evolution of the social sciences.

The e-festival was 100 per cent web based and hosted on a dedicated interactive platform, where attendees could join sessions via live video streams, take part in community discussions and network with other guests.

Festival programme

The packed e-festival programme featured sessions in eight different categories, including: workshops, expert clinics, panel discussions, “what is?” talks, keynote presentations, webinars and “in conversation” discussions.

View the full e-festival programme

Keynote speakers included: Professor Trisha Greenhalgh (University of Oxford), Professor Noshir Contractor (Northwestern University), Dr Ash Watson (University of New South Wales) and Amos Toh (Human Rights Watch).

CLOSER’s presence at the conference

What is the CLOSER Learning Hub?
Monday 25 October, 16:05 – 17:00 BST

This session, led by Neil Kaye (CLOSER Senior Research Fellow) provided a demonstration of the CLOSER Learning Hub and how it can help students to use data from longitudinal studies for their dissertation. The format comprised a short introductory video (15 mins), followed by a live demonstration with interactive exercises for participants (20 mins) and a Q&A session (15 mins).

The session looked in-depth at the Learning Hub’s resources – learning modules, data discovery, research case studies – and how they can be applied to research for a self-led undergraduate dissertation. From understanding the benefits of longitudinal research and how it can be used to answer research questions, to accessing datasets from longitudinal studies and thinking about analysing and writing up your research, this introductory session provided a clear guide for students considering using longitudinal studies in their research.

Accelerating impact and public good from research
Tuesday 26 October, 14:05 – 15:00 BST

This panel session brought together members of the civil service and statistics community to discuss their experiences of working with Government, Academia and public, private and third sector organisations to support and promote their research which benefits the economy and society.

With expertise covering the full lifecycle of research using linked administrative, business and survey data, this panel covered topics including the understanding public good, the importance of qualitative and quantitative impact, supporting early career researchers and engaging with policy makers and government.

Panel members:

  • Nick O’Donnell, Head of Secure Research Service Policy, Operations, Relations and Impact, Office for National Statistics
  • Mary Cowan, Research Specialist, Office for Statistics Regulation
  • Rob Davies, UCL and Head of the COVID-19 Taskforce, CLOSER
  • Neil Dymond-Green, Service Director, Impact, UK Data Service

Chair: James Spurr, Senior Impact Manager, Office for National Statistics