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Triangulating Novel Mixed-Method Educational Data to Develop Effective, Evidence-Based Policy

UBDC’s programme involves not only large quantities of data but also the linkage and integration of diverse and often novel types of data. The UBDC’s Educational Disadvantage & Place (ED&P) group has employed a spectrum of complementary quantitative and qualitative methods, often blurring the lines between, to address educational inequa...

28.09.21 | Training

Using daily Airbnb web scraped data to provide spatial and temporal understanding of short-term lets activity

Increasingly people are looking for novel and interesting data to provide a better understanding of social issues. Scraping data for research purposes is becoming more common and for some policy areas the only way of securing any understanding. Short-term lets, in particular Airbnb rentals, is one such area. Growth in this sector has caused iss...

24.06.21 | Training

Practical approaches for web scraping for research – using Airbnb as an example data provider

It is no exaggeration to say that the web is a fertile source of data - offering deep insights into people’s beliefs, opinions, transactions, movements and many other aspects of their lives. For social science academics and data scientists, the UK’s legal environment appears (although not definitively) to provide opportunities to capture these...

22.06.21 | Training

Doing research on data uses, needs & capabilities with local authorities

Local authorities, already hit hard by a decade of austerity, are now facing a considerable challenge of managing economic and social recovery in a post-Covid world. In this context, data intelligence, as well as the capability to access and use near real-time data and intelligence are seen by many as an important part of managing recovery and...

15.06.21 | Training