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.

Dynamic social systems and adolescent alcohol and tobacco use: A new cusp catastrophe model

This project developed and evaluated the new analytic approach, Cusp Catastrophe Modelling (CCM), to test adolescent alcohol and tobacco use. Specific complex behavioural systems were also evaluated, where behaviours change markedly in response to subtle variations on key factors.

Assessing the Impact of Project STOP on Methamphetamine-Related Harm Indicators

Project STOP is a decision making tool for pharmacists aimed at preventing the diversion of pseudoephedrine-based medications for illicit production of methamphetamine.  Project STOP is an online real time system with 98% of all pharmacies in Queensland participating. It provides... 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

Understanding How Criminals Decide Where and When to Offend

This project sought to understand the factors and processes that lead people to commit criminal offences. By building a comprehensive model of offender mobility, we will be better able to describe what influences burglar preferences about where and when to commit crime. This understanding will... Read more

ECQ Local Government Survey

The Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) has been invited by the Electoral Commission of Queensland (ECQ) to provide a proposal for the 2011 Local Government Electoral Arrangement Surveys via computer assisted telephone interviewing (CATI) random digit dialling (RDD). This project will be... Read more

Australian Community Capacity Study

Police responses to violent incidents, disorder and ethnically motivated disputes continue to challenge and drain police resources. In the post 9/11 era new types of public safety emergencies, coupled with a range of contemporary ethnic, religious, cultural and ideological issues, create new... Read more

HarvestR Validation

This project represents a rigorous scientific evaluation of HarvestR, and is expected to validate the technology in order to secure reseller licence with Leximancer and OEM licence to ThoughtWeb. HarvestR is software used to filter, prioritise and locate information from large text-based... Read more

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