Advice for individuals on being an agent of change within their own organisation.
This guide provides an introduction to qualitative data, its advantages and disadvantages and what to consider in qualitative data collection and analysis.
SPSS is a powerful Statistical Package for the Social Sciences. This guide focuses on the file operations of merging and aggregating datasets within SPSS
Infographics are visual representations of information or data in a graphic format which is designed to make the information easy and quick to understand. Infographics are a powerful way of conveying key findings from research.
Learning from international comparisons is an essential element of modern, professional policy making. Looking abroad to see what other governments have done can point us towards a new understanding of shared problems; towards new solutions to those problems; or to new mechanisms for implementing policy and improving the delivery of public services. International examples can provide invaluable evidence of what works in practice, and help us avoid either re-inventing the wheel or repeating others' mistakes. We can also learn from the way in which other governments undertake the process of policy making itself.
The KnowFife Dataset is a shared information resource for partners and the public in Fife. It brings together evidence on needs and outcomes, with activity, performance, spend and other resources at small area level.
It breaks some new ground by:
This guide offers a set of principles for measuring what matters, setting out a simple framework within which to be clear about the change that you are looking for, and how you will know it has been achieved
This guide provides a brief overview of the use of policy evaluation – what it is, the types of evaluation available, and their main concepts
A semi-structured interview is a qualitative research method that combines a pre-determined set of open questions (questions that prompt discussion) with the opportunity for the interviewer to explore particular themes or responses further.
The KnowFife Dataset can be used to understand the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD). It is an extremely useful tool for anyone with an interest in understanding a local area or neighbourhood, particular in relation to concentrations of deprivation within and between areas in Fife.
SPSS is a commonly used Statistical Package for the Social Sciences. This guide introduces users to the basics of SPSS
The aim of a survey is to collect information that is accurate, reliable and valid. This guide offers some simple design principles regarding the structure and layout of a survey, and ask the right questions.
Sampling allows you to draw conclusions about a particular population by examining a part of it. When carrying out a survey, or other information gathering exercise, it is not usually possible to ask questions of all the people that you would want to, unless the numbers involved are very small. Instead, you usually collect information from only a proportion or sub-set of your population, which is usually referred to as a sample. This briefing covers some sampling methods that you can use when carrying out surveys.
Vignettes are a qualitative research method. A vignette sets out a realistic outline of a situation that can be used to facilitate discussion with individuals or groups about difficult or sensitive topics in a non-threatening and nonjudgemental way.