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By the end of the pathway, you should have learned about:
This video talks about reasons you might want to do secondary analysis in a dissertation and introduces some of the data available from the UK Data Service.
This pack has been designed to be used as a resource for encouraging better data management and research integrity in undergraduate dissertations, and is aimed at teachers supervising research projects and students undertaking them. The resource consists of a number of practical templates and exemplars, and a link to the slides for teaching is also
included. These can be adapted and modified to suit various project needs and different disciplines.
The amount of survey data available is amazing. For instance, in the UK, government departments and the Office for National Statistics (ONS) use representative surveys to inform policy. Academics and independent research organisations (such as NatCen) run large-scale social surveys on a wide range of topics. Data from these studies is usually archived and made available for others to use. This section of the website outlines these studies and how they can be used.
Survey data can be a great option for a dissertation project. From the UK Data Service, you can access data from representative samples of the population on a wide range of topics. This quick start guide introduces one of these datasets – the British Social Attitudes survey.
Survey data can be a great option for a dissertation project. From the UK Data Service, you can access data from representative samples of the population on a wide range of topics. This quick start guide introduces one of these datasets – the Health Survey for England.
How do you find the right data for your project? Our resources on how to find data for your project cover ways to search and evaluate data as well as all you need to know about registration and access conditions.
This video will help you think about your data needs and demonstrate where you can search for data on the UK Data Service website. It covers:
Thinking about your data needs
UKDS Data Catalogue search tool
Data by theme
Data by type
Variable and question bank
This worksheet will help you define your project and identify what data you need.
This video outlines the key things to consider when evaluating data for use in your dissertation or final project.
If a dataset seems promising, a next step is to review the documentation and evaluate how useful it is for your project. For example, if you are looking at data from a social survey, you can use the documentation to find out what questions the survey asked and consider which variables relate to your key concepts. This worksheet walks you through the key steps to do this.
This video talks about data licenses and access conditions. It covers how they apply to undergraduate and postgraduate students and how to find out information about access conditions.
Undergraduate students who use our data in a dissertation on a social science topic can enter the UK Data Service Dissertation Award. These webpages contain further information on how to enter.