Secondary Data Analysis Initiative (SDAI) Showcase

Monday, 29 February 2016
3:00pm - 6:00pm
Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, 12 Great George St, London, SW1P 3AD

To date, the ESRC has run three successful rounds of the Secondary Data Analysis Initiative (SDAI) the primary focus of which is to demonstrate the value of existing data resources by utilising them to deliver high-quality, high-impact research.

SDAI provides up to 18 months funding for grants with an overall limit of £200,000 (100 per cent fEC). The UK has world-leading data resources for social and economic research, and this provides a huge opportunity to address some of the most pressing challenges facing society.

The ESRC has contributed significantly to this landscape from investments in a wide range of world-leading data resources including data from ourselves, the Business and Local Government Data Research Centre. The innovative centres in the Big Data Network facilitate the access to and analysis of different types of data, including administrative data held by government departments and data from local government organisations as well as data controlled by the private and third sectors.

Given the richness of these resources and the scale of the investments made, the focus of this call is to ensure that they are fully exploited and that capacity is developed within the academic community to make best use of them.

The Centre will be exhibiting at the ESRC Secondary Data Analysis Initiative (SDAI) event on Monday 29 February in London. If you are attending we look forward to seeing you on the day.


  • 3.00pm – Registration and coffee and opportunity to visit the exhibition
  • 3.30pm – Introduction from Professor Jane Elliott, Chief Executive, Economic and Social Research Council
  • 3.40pm – Keynote Speech from Dr Tim Leunig, Chief Scientific Adviser, Department for Education
  • 4.00pm – SDAI Presentation from Professor Andromachi Tseloni, Burglary Project and Stranger and Acquaintance Violence Project, Nottingham Trent University; Dr Eric Harrison, Wellbeing Project, City University London; Dr Cormac O’Dea, Retirement Provision Project, Institute for Fiscal Studies
  • 4.30pm – Parallel Sessions – delegates will break in to small groups to discuss research priorities and potential collaborations for future calls
    • Health, Wellbeing and Ageing. Facilitator: Dr Dermot O’Reilly, Queen’s University Belfast
    • Education. Facilitator: Professor Andy Furlong, University of Glasgow
    • Economics and Business. Facilitator: Professor Maria Savona, University of Sussex
    • Identity and Equality. Facilitator: Dr Christopher Lloyd, University of Liverpool
    • Politics and Governance. Facilitator: Professor Susan Banducci, University of Exeter
    • International Development. Facilitator: Professor Kara Hanson, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • 5.30pm – Feedback Session
  • 6.00pm – Networking drinks reception and opportunity to visit the exhibition