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Innovative Methods

We live in an era of Big Data: a global phenomenon that exerts a huge influence on our lives. The ability to understand and intercept this data is vital for the future of our economy, the environment and the kind of society we want to live in. Smart data analysis has the power to transform our economy by improving productivity and innovation. It can also provide new insights into shaping public policy to create a more open, tolerant, fair and equal society.

Here at The Sheffield Methods Institute we are developing and intergrating quantitative methods with The University of Sheffield's reputation for qualitative social science research, we will maxmise our ability to address the big global challenges of our time.

We are constantly looking at ways to gain more insight through research and developing new and innovative methods that cross the traditional qualitative and quantitative boundaries, below are some current examples of our methological innovation in practise.


Reading between the lines

Using quantitative methods Dr Mark Taylor calls into question the strong direct link between spending on early reading and upward social mobility in a study into 'cultural capital'.

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Marriage & the midlife crisis

The male midlife crisis is exposed as a fallacy in Dr Andrew Bell's study that uses the latest multilevel statistical modelling to test long accepted notions of the midlife crisis.

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The art of making policy

Dr Mark Taylor looks at the complex issues and outdated beliefs held about social consumption of arts and culture in a project that has influenced new policy about access to the arts.


House prices through the roof

SMI director Professor Gwilym Pryce uses an innovative quantitative model using existing data to prove the direct link between house prices and length on the market with the energy efficiency of a property.


The language of welfare

Would attitudes to welfare and taxes be different if more information was given about where the money is being spent? Political psychologist Dr Todd Hartman developed an experimental mixed method to investigate the differences in attitudes in relation to information.


We're sh*t and we know we are

Why do thousands of football fans stand in the rain to watch lower league football teams without the glamour and sporting occasion associated with top flight football? Dr Tom Clark examined the rationale of being a lower league football fan.