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SIMIAN at NCRM Research Methods Festival 2010

Workshop on methodological innovation: The Processes of Methodological Innovation: Successful Development & Diffusion

Organised by: Nigel Gilbert, Maria Xenitidou and Graham Crow (NCRM Hub)

Workshop brings together experts working on innovative methodologies around the world to focus on the history behind methodological innovations and on the agents, processes and mechanisms of their development and diffusion. The workshop is based on the conclusions of the project "Innovations in Social Science Research Methods: An International Perspective".

The workshop's objectives are:

  • To track the "history" leading up to methodological innovations;
  • To reflect on the "agents" and "networks" behind methodological innovations;
  • To learn from the processes of developing and diffusing methodological innovations.

More details and presentations can be found here.

Session on: Simulation

This session, run by the SIMIAN node of NCRM, showed how simulation (specifically agent-based modelling) can be used to suggest new concepts, relate apparently diverse social science theories and make data more tractable and comprehensible. Presentations focused on studies of innovation, social dilemmas, and norms and morality. Simulation is neither a 'qualitative' nor a 'quantitative' method and the session is of interest to those who have never thought about simulation as well as to those who are already well versed in this new methodology. The session concluded with a question and answer panel.

Presentations can be downloaded here:

Session on: Methodological Innovation I

Session 11 will comprise presentations by experts working on innovative methodologies from around the world. The presenters are among those whose work was highlighted in the project "Innovations in social science research methods: an international perspective". In this session the focus will be on survey and web-based methodologies and methods such as collecting panel data and paradata (including RSS feed). The presenters will set out the contexts in which their innovations were developed to promote broader discussion on methodological innovation and the factors that facilitate or impede it.

More details and presentations can be found here.

Session on: Methodological Innovation II

Session 21 will comprise presentations by experts working on innovative methodologies from around the world. The presenters are among those whose work was highlighted in the project "Innovations in social science research methods: an international perspective". In this session the focus will be on ethnographic and web-based methodologies and survey methods such as using virtual interviewers, conducting online and participatory ethnography. The presenters will set out the contexts in which their innovations were developed to promote broader discussion on methodological innovation and the factors that facilitate or impede it.

More details and presentations can be found here.