Using local administrativedata
to evaluate social and community
John Eversley and Les Mayhew
This book argues that an analysis of social cohesion needs to focus
on whether people from different backgrounds have similar life
opportunities as well as assessing interaction, interdependence and
conflicts of interests of people from different backgrounds. Whatever
the vision of a cohesive society is, there are important questions to
answer about where we stand now, and how we can measure change.
This chapter focuses on the
The creation and use of big
Harvey Goldstein and Ruth Gilbert
Despite being ugly and uninformative, the term ‘big data’ has entered
the language of science as well as that of the media. The meaning of
‘big’ data is explored in the introduction to this book. This chapter
focuses on administrativedata, meaning data related to services such
as health and education, which are attached to individual people and
are generated through the administration of services in the public or
private sector. We are especially concerned
Administrativedata offered Women’s Aid a timely and ethical approach to understanding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic with minimal impact on survivors or the services that support them.
The nature of administrativedata creates unique challenges for researchers as well as opportunities for relevant, impactful research.
More resources, collaboration and research are needed to understand administrativedata sources held by NGOs.
Administrativedata are collected through routine operations rather than originating for
think about whether the powerful combination of survey and administrative register data that is readily available in the Nordic countries might help them to advance our knowledge about the possible benefits of volunteering.
• Connelly and colleagues (2016) provide a timely discussion of the role of administrativedata in social science research and put its use into perspective by comparing it to other types of big data.
• A detailed introduction to Danish administrative registers on health and social issues is available, thanks to Thygesen
change in these odds over time. Individuals with higher childhood SES, higher childhood cognitive ability, and more education may be more likely to be economically active in later life (age 55), but may also be more resilient to declines in working ability as age increases. Importantly, we did not assume that the factors predicting economic activity odds at age 55 would be the same as those predicting change in odds over time. To achieve this, we utilised recent linkage of administrativedata between the Scottish Mental Survey 1947 and the Scottish Longitudinal Study
Statistical data and evidence-based claims are increasingly central to our everyday lives. Critically examining ‘Big Data’, this book charts the recent explosion in sources of data, including those precipitated by global developments and technological change. It sets out changes and controversies related to data harvesting and construction, dissemination and data analytics by a range of private, governmental and social organisations in multiple settings.
Analysing the power of data to shape political debate, the presentation of ideas to us by the media, and issues surrounding data ownership and access, the authors suggest how data can be used to uncover injustices and to advance social progress.
The extent of violence against women is currently hidden. How should violence be measured? How should research and new ways of thinking about violence improve its measurement? Could improved measurement change policy?
The book is a guide to how the measurement of violence can be best achieved. It shows how to make femicide, rape, domestic violence, and FGM visible in official statistics. It offers practical guidance on definitions, indicators and coordination mechanisms. It reflects on theoretical debates on ‘what is gender’, ‘what is violence’, and ‘the concept of coercive control’. and introduces the concept of ‘gender saturated context’. Analysing the socially constructed nature of statistics and the links between knowledge and power, it sets new standards and guidelines to influence the measurement of violence in the coming decades.
This book makes a forthright case for a shift in policy focus from ‘community cohesion’ to the broader notion of social cohesion, and is distinctive and innovative in its focus on evaluation. It constitutes an extremely valuable source both for practitioners involved in social cohesion interventions and for researchers and students studying theory-based evaluation and the policy areas highlighted (housing, intergenerational issues, the recession, education, communications, community development).
The first book of its kind, this volume brings together a range of experts to review key methodological issues in the study of voluntary action, charitable behaviour and participation in voluntary organisations.
Using case studies from around the world – from ethnography to media analysis and surveys to peer research – chapters illustrate the challenges of researching altruistic actions and our conceptualisations of them. Across different fields and methods, authors unpick the methodological innovations and challenges in their own research to help guide future study.
Demystifying research and deepening our ability to understand the role of the third sector, this accessible book is suitable for social researchers at all levels.