New Methods@manchester events coming up

Denim workshop: interdisciplinary methods for exploring Narratives and Materiality
Monday 13 September 2010, 11:30 – 4.00
Council Chamber, Sackville Street, University of Manchester

The methods that will be brought into dialogue in the workshop are:

1. Social science approaches (life history interviews, material and object based interviews), with those employed in textile technology and colour chemistry (the properties of dyes, fibres, how they are woven).

2. Design (remaking of new garments from old jeans) to explore the possibility of design as a methodology as the narrative of objects is extended. This will be seen in relation to presentations by second hand clothing recyclers to explore how value and ‘use’ are reassessed and how ‘touch’ and material properties are differently assessed in the sorting process.

If you are interested please contact Dr Sophie Woodward ( to confirm your attendance.


Life Journey: ethnographic methods that merge art and collaborative anthropology in pursuit of a better understanding of disease, death and dying
Andrew Irving, Anthropology
Thursday 16 September 2010, 1.00 – 4.00 (lunch from 12.30)
Room G.30/31, Arthur Lewis Building

This workshop will explore a range of methodological approaches to social life that merge ethnography, art and collaborative research methods-principally in relation to experiences of illness, crisis and displacement but with wider applications elsewhere-in order to gain a better understanding of the interior dialogues and imaginative lifeworlds that constitute people’s experiences of disease, death and dying.

To book, visit


Methods Fair
Wednesday 29 September, 9.30 – 5.00pm
MANDEC Manchester Dental Education Centre

Come and find out about the research methods being used across the social sciences; get advice on specific methods; find out about resources available. Refreshments will be available and there is no charge for attendance. For more details and to book a place go to

There is still time to offer a poster – prizes for the three best posters will be presented on the day.


What is…? talks will re-start on Thursday 7 October with:

‘What is participatory research?’ presented by Mel Ainscow, Faculty of Education

The full line-up and venues will be announced soon.

Full details of all upcoming events, recordings of past events, and details of past methods, can be found on the methods@manchester website.

CCSR short courses

The Centre for Census and Survey Research ( at the University of Manchester will be running three one-day training courses in survey and questionnaire design in September 2010 . A small number of places are still available. Other upcoming courses include SPSS, Stata and Introduction to Data Analysis.

Questionnaire Design – 22nd September 2010
Rubbish in, rubbish out – have you ever discovered too late that your survey questions did not deliver useful or useable data? Through looking at a wide range of pitfalls, this course explores ways to assess the effectiveness of existing questionnaires as well as how to write successful new ones. It combines suggestions from the research literature on questionnaire design with a very practical approach. Common errors in the wording of individual questions are examined as well as how to combine individual questions into a meaningful questionnaire.

Cognitive Interviewing for Testing Survey Questions – 23rd September 2010
This one day course is designed to familiarise participants with this powerful and efficient method of piloting survey questions called Cognitive Interviewing. This is a type of in-depth interviewing which focuses on respondents’ thought processing in answering survey questions and uses specialised techniques such as thinking aloud, probing, observation and paraphrasing. The course is about what cognitive interviewing is as well as how to do it. There are practical exercises as well as lecture time.

Standardised Multi-Item Scale Development for Surveys – 24th September 2010
Standardised multi-item scales are very common in psychology, education, and health, but much less so in sociology, political science, and survey research. This one day course is designed to inspire participants from all disciplines that it is possible to develop your own high quality multi-item scales. This course offers an introduction on how to do this: looking at psychometric principles, exploring the special questionnaire design concerns, introducing some basic statistical tools for assessing the reliability and dimensionality of multi-item scales, and practice evaluating some existing scales in a lab session at the end of the day.

For more information and to book please go to

NCRM Networks for Methodological Innovation Projects – call for applications

NCRM’s call for Networks for Methodological Innovation (NMI) projects will be issued on 27 September 2010. The aim of this scheme is to enable networks of researchers to meet in order to stimulate debate and develop ideas in relation to methodological innovation. NCRM funds two projects per year, with a maximum budget of £24,000 per project. The closing date for applications will be 15 November 2010. Further information and the application form will be available from the National Centre for Research Methods website at or from from 27 September 2010.

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