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ESRC Research Methods Programme
The ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council) Research Methods Programme (2002-2007) aimed to improve methodological quality by funding research that directly enhanced methodological knowledge and developed tools to enhance research quality. It also disseminated methodological developments and good practice through training courses, on-line resources, seminars and awareness-raising events. The site provides access to project information and publications

ESRC National Centre for Research Methods
The centre works in collaboration with the ESRC Research Methods Programme to provide a focal point for the identification, development and delivery of a national training programme for research methods. Details of publications and training events are available from the site.

Research Methods Knowledge Base
The Research Methods Knowledge Base is a free Web-based textbook offering an introductory course in applied social research methods. It covers the theory and practice of research, and topics such as defining a research question, sampling, measurement, research design and data analysis.

The Question Bank: Social Surveys Online
Provides free access to questionnaires from major social surveys and associated commentary to assist survey design. Surveys include the Census, the General Household Survey, Labour Force Survey and British Social Attitudes Survey. This resource also provides detailed methodological information about these surveys.

Teaching Resources and Materials for Social Scientists (TRAMSS)
TRAMSS is intended to help teachers and students improve their research and data analysis skills. The website has a tutorial, which shows you how to search for and order data and how to run analyses on exemplar datasets.

Social Research Association
The Social Research Association was founded in the UK in 1978 to "advance the conduct, development and application of social research". The SRA provides a forum for people working in a diverse range of settings and in different subject specialities, to form wider contacts, exchange views and information, and pursue issues of common concern. This website includes the Association’s Ethical Guidelines and Code of Practice for the safety of researchers.

National teacher research panel
The National Teacher Research Panel was set up in 1999. Its initial purpose was to provide an expert teacher perspective to researchers, funders and policymakers on research priorities, projects and reports. Since then, the Panel has also worked to promote teaching as a research and evidence informed profession. The National Teacher Research Panel has three main goals:
1) To ensure that all research in education takes account of the teacher perspective; 2) To ensure a higher profile for research and evidence informed practice in government, academic and practitioner communities; and 3) To increase the number of teachers engaged with the full spectrum of research activity.

A discussion list to increase awareness and debate about Computer Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis Software. The list provides an instant forum for users and developers to air problems, offer opinions, argument and advice on the variety of packages in use.

A list devoted to all aspects of qualitative research: methodological; theoretical and practical and is also intended to facilitate discussion of diverse qualitative research: interviewing; ethnography; participation observation; focus groups; biographical and life history studies.

Department of Sociology, University of Surrey
Website which provides details of day courses for social researchers. Topics include focus groups, qualitative interviewing, research management and qualitative data analysis.

Social Research Update
Run by the University of Surrey, the website publishes articles on various aspects of research methodology