The limitations of quantitative social science for informing public policy – Evidence & Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice

ABSTRACT Quantitative social science (QSS) has the potential to make an important contribution to public policy. However it also has a number of limitations. The aim of this paper is to explain these limitations to a non-specialist audience and to identify a number of ways in which QSS research could be improved to better inform … [Read More] The limitations of quantitative social science for informing public policy – Evidence & Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice

What does Big Data mean to public affairs research? Understanding the methodological and analytical challenges – The Impact Blog at LSE

Extract from an article by Ines Mergel, R. Karl Rethemeyer, and Kimberley R. Isett The term ‘Big Data’ is often misunderstood or poorly defined, especially in the public sector. Ines Mergel, R. Karl Rethemeyer, and Kimberley R. Isett provide a definition that adequately encompasses the scale, collection processes, and sources of Big Data. However, while recognising … [Read More] What does Big Data mean to public affairs research? Understanding the methodological and analytical challenges – The Impact Blog at LSE

Not just a number? NEETs, data and datalogical systems – Information, Communication & Society

ABSTRACT This paper draws on empirical research with NEET populations (16–24-year-olds not in education, employment or training) in the U.K. in order to engage with issues around identification, data and metrics produced through datalogical systems. Our aim is to bridge contemporary discourses around data, digital bureaucracy and datalogical systems with empirical material drawn from a … [Read More] Not just a number? NEETs, data and datalogical systems – Information, Communication & Society

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