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ESRC Strategy – Building a Word Class Research InfrastructureProfessor Patricia Broadfoot – Chair ESRC Research Resources Board

vision and role under the esrc strategic framework
Vision and role under the ESRC Strategic Framework
  • To create a world class UK social science infrastructure that will underpin the delivery of the highest quality social and economic research
  • The work of the Board falls primarily under the Capacity strand of the Council’s Strategic Framework
  • The Research Resources Board has a budget of £13.5m p.a.
defining research infrastructure
Defining research infrastructure
  • Broad definition which includes:
  • Quantitative, qualitative and spatial research data;
  • Broader information sources including bibliographic and library holdings;
  • Methodological tools and techniques;
  • Broader research skills;
  • Tools, such as software and computing resources.
the uk social science infrastructure the current picture
The UK social science infrastructure: the current picture
  • The internationally renowned collection of longitudinal studies (NCDS, BCS70, BHPS, Millco)
  • The British Election Study
  • The Workplace Employee Relations Survey
  • The UK Census of Population
  • International Macro Databanks
  • The European Social Survey
  • One of the finest collections of qualitative data
  • World-leading bibliographic resources
the uk social science infrastructure making it work
The UK social science infrastructure: making it work
  • The Economic and Social Data Service
  • The Research Methods Programme
  • The National Centre for Research Methods
  • The National Centre for e-Social Science
  • In the last 5 years the Council has invested close to £60m in developing UK data resources and new methodological tools and techniques
building a world class research infrastructure for the future the need for further development
Building a world class research infrastructure for the future – the need for further development
  • Bigger and better datasets are required if the UK is to meet the research challenges of the C21
  • More needs to be done to drive forward the future development of sophisticated methodological tools and techniques
  • Exploit the Opportunities presented by ‘grid’ technologies
a 10 year strategy for developing a social science research infrastructure
A 10 year strategy for developing a social science research infrastructure
  • Create a world leading data infrastructure that will allow researchers to address the key social and economic research challenges of the C21
  • Maximise easy and effective access to that infrastructure
  • Drive forward the development and uptake of leading edge methodological tools and techniques to improve the creation, management and analysis of data resources.
a 10 year strategy for developing a social science research infrastructure cont
A 10 year strategy for developing a social science research infrastructure (cont)
  • Promote the widespread exploitation of the data infrastructure across and beyond the social science community; and
  • Develop and promote access to the broader information resources that underpin high quality social science research
  • Delivering this strategy will require ‘Strategic Partnerships’
a world class data infrastructure
A world class data infrastructure
  • The National Strategy for Data Resources for the Social Sciences
  • Maintain a commitment to the further funding of its existing collection of longitudinal studies
  • Improve access to existing longitudinal resources
  • Develop new longitudinal resources
  • Continue to support the expansion and development of other major studies
a world class data infrastructure 2
A world class data infrastructure (2)
  • Secure access to census of population and survey data
  • Work with government departments and agencies to develop the research potential of administrative data sources
  • Expand access to commercial data sources
  • Extend our portfolio of international data resources
maximising data access
Maximising data access
  • The development and application of grid intensive technologies that promote global data sharing
  • The use of grid technologies to ‘e-enable’ major social science data resources
  • National and International initiatives aimed at improving access to social science data resources
  • Initiatives aimed at opening up access to sensitive data
developing methodological tools and techniques
Developing methodological tools and techniques
  • Develop new initiatives in survey data collection and measurement
  • Extend support for multi-method approaches
  • Develop new initiatives in comparative research methods
  • Support pioneering developments in quantitative and qualitative data analysis
promoting the use of the social science data infrastructure
Promoting the use of the social science data infrastructure
  • Support strategies to improve quantitative skills in schools and undergraduate teaching
  • Expand postgraduate training in quantitative methods
  • Extend fellowship and mid career re-skilling programmes
  • Develop targeted programmes of secondary data analysis
  • Create a national social science advanced training infrastructure
supporting the broader social science information environment
Supporting the broader social science information environment
  • Support the further development of ESRC Society Today
  • Support the future development of information services
  • Promoting open access initiatives
  • Work with other agencies to promote access
conclusion
Conclusion
  • The ESRC has set itself an ambitious strategy for developing a world class social science research infrastructure.
  • It will require a sustained commitment, not only from the ESRC, but from a range of stakeholders.
  • By working together, it will be possible to build a world class social science infrastructure that will keep the UK at the international forefront of economic and social research.
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