NCRM – Participatory data gathering with Ketso

From the NCRM

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The National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM) was established by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) in 2004 and was originally coordinated from the University of Southampton. Since 2014 NCRM has been a partnership between three universities with international reputations in methodological research and training in the social sciences: University of Southampton, University of Manchester and University of Edinburgh.

In January 2020 NCRM entered a new phase with an ESRC award for 5 years. The new phase focuses on delivering a comprehensive programme of cutting-edge research methods training across the UK. This phase is still delivered by the Universities of Southampton, Manchester and Edinburgh but this partnership is significantly enhanced and expanded to include strategically selected Centre partner institutions who will deliver training locally to ensure geographical and subject expertise diversity. The nine institutions are UCL, NatCen, WISERD, Bristol, Exeter, Essex, Leeds, Liverpool and Glasgow.

This training video by Joanne Tippett shared from the NCRM website  introduces participatory data gathering, looking at when and how in the research process it can be used, and exploring key issues to consider in research design. Participatory data gathering can be a mutual learning experience, increasing the value to participants, as well as generating rich data. As well as core principles, the video introduces Ketso, a hands-on and visual toolkit, which makes participatory data gathering easier.

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