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Blog posts and resources relating to research methods in the social sciences. To start a new discussion on methods, visit the forum via the above link.

Using Quantitative Skills in Research and Academia

Quantitative Skills (QS) can take you far in academia and the research world, giving you the keys to unpick complex phenomena and critically evaluate other studies. These Q&As with established professors, early career researchers and PhD students reveal the importance of QS within their diverse fields.

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Using Quantitative Skills in Politics and the Public Sector

Quantitative Skills (QS) are invaluable in the public sector and politics. They provide robustness to political debates and policy decisions. Find out more from a member of the House of Lords, the National Statistician and Director of Operations at the British Library.

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Using Quantitative Skills in Journalism

Quantitative Skills can give you an edge and enable you to source stories from within data sets and critically engage with ‘evidence’ from politicians! Find out more from the Guardian DataBlog Editor and a BBC Business Reporter.

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Using Quantitative Skills in Business

Quantitative Skills (QS) can make you highly employable across many industries. Find out from these two entrepreneurs how their QS helped them succeed in the private sector.

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Making Sense of Crime Trends

Much of the current confusion about crime trends is born of the tendency to bunch together a whole range of different harms and actions under the abstract category of ‘crime’. This blinds us to where the significant problems are.

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We Aren’t the World

Joe Henrich and his colleagues are shaking the foundations of psychology and economics—and hoping to change the way social scientists think about human behavior and culture.

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The Myths of Offender Profiling.

Recent publications have encouraged me not to keep quiet about this any longer. Now is the time to explain why I find the term ‘profiling’ so problematic yet get stuck with using it.

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Edward Hopper: An ethnographic sensibility?

This is not a body of work that instructs us what to think – it invites us to ask the question that an ethnographer would ask: confronted with this scene, what is going on here?

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The Formula

How an equation cooked up by Mussolini’s numbers guy came to define how we think about inequality—from Occupy Wall Street to the World Bank to the billionaires at Davos—and why it’s time to find a new way of looking at the numbers.

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