Survey methods in an age of austerity: Driving value in survey design

This paper discusses whether the methodologies of "gold standard" UK government research programmes like the British Crime Survey could modified to reduce costs whilst maintain their necessary rigour.

Survey methods in an age of austerity: Driving value in survey design

Joel Williams TNS-BMRB

The Labour government was a voracious consumer of research data, and consequently, the size of the social research sector increased hugely over a thirteen year period. The new government will almost certainly reverse some of this growth, partly because of budget pressures, but also because it is dismantling the Labour government's target-based performance management system. A lot of the data produced over this period was collected as much to support this system as to generate new understanding of social forces or of the various...

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