Innovations in data and methods

The Methodology cluster of research is focused on improving quantitative and qualitative research design, data collection and analysis. We develop and evaluate new approaches to research and train researchers and students to use best practice in research. The Institute has researchers with a full range of methodological skills, drawn from the disciplines of statistics, psychology, criminology, sociology, political science, anthropology, economics, archaeology, history, mathematics, science, architecture and geography. 

As well as ensuring best-practice methodology to improve the veracity of evidence within the research, the Institute is also focused on developing and refining methodological skills. This involves the use of multi-methods approaches, including cross-faculty and cross-institutional collaborations to approach different social issues in innovative ways without the narrow confines of a singular discipline.

Many research projects have a prime component to improve and develop the methodology. For example, Project ABILITY uses a randomized field trial methodology to examine third party policing interventions and their effectiveness to curb truancy amongst primary and secondary school students. In using this it is also contributing to further developing the methodology in a social science context, expanding on the traditional medical context.

The Institute is playing a leading role nationally in developing a dual frame research methodology to address the growing prevalence of mobile phone only households, and the impact this has on conducting telephone surveys.

Below is a list of research projects associated with this cluster.

Sampling and estimation methodologies for dual frame telephone surveys in Australia

The social and market research industry mostly conduct their telephone surveys by sampling from landlines. It is currently estimated that 20% of people are resident in mobile-only households in Australia. These estimates vary by demographic groups, with disproportionately more young students and... Read more

Use of Allied Health Services

With the global burden of disease, building the evidence base for the use of health services and what influences patterns of use is of critical policy importance. The emphasis on multidisciplinary care for people with chronic disease has stimulated interest in the use of allied health services by... Read more

Understanding the Spatial and Social Drivers of Employment Transitions

This research develops an analytical model to inform policies concerned with reducing the economic and social costs associated with unproductive time spent in labour market transitions between unemployment and employment. Integrating data from several large Australian social surveys, a... Read more

The National Security and Preparedness Study (NSPS)

The NSPS contributes to the literature surrounding the sociology of disasters, resilience and recovery, and preparedness for both natural and man-made (e.g. terrorism) disasters in the Australian context and asks: How do global and community-wide security threats or incidents affect Australians... Read more

Multi-Site Trials of Third Party Policing: Project ABILITY

Project ABILITY is an initiative of the Queensland Police Service, with programmatic funding through the National Drug Strategy Law Enforcement Funding Committee (NDSLEFC), the Queensland Police Service Drug and Alcohol Unit as well as The Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and... Read more

The Queensland Community Engagement Trial

The Queensland Community Engagement Trial (QCET) is the world’s first randomised field trial that tested whether procedurally just encounters between the police and citizens can improve citizen perceptions of police. Working closely with the Queensland Police Service (QPS), the research team... Read more

Control Chart Methodology to Monitor Workload & Performance Measures

This research focuses on the further development and refinement of control chart methodology for monitoring organisational activity, resourcing and performance outcomes to inform management decisions within the AFP. This project extended current lists of performance measures to incorporate a... Read more

Needlz: Enhanced search in qualitative databases

This project designs technology to aggregate, consolidate and interpret search results within a qualitative database (e.g. document store) into a meaningful analytic environment to improve the finding process. 'Piloting' the Needlz technology in the Elsevier environment will provide... Read more

The Counter Terrorism i-Library

The Counter Terrorism Intelligent Library (CTiL) is an initiative of the Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security (CEPS). Developed in 2009, the CTiL is a database and associated infrastructure that identifies, records and maintains a list of counter-terrorism interventions, all accessible... Read more

Review of Gender and Development Training

Gender equality is a key goal of Australian and international development work, and is recognized by the United Nations (UN) in Millennium Development Goal 3: Promote gender equality and empower women. Gender equality is viewed as a key goal due to its’ intrinsic ethical worth, but is also... Read more

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