School of Sociology and Social Policy

Timescapes: An ESRC Qualitative Longitudinal Initiative

Timescapes Affiliation Scheme

From early in its development, the Archive was designed to expand its holdings through the curation of datasets from a wider range of QL projects. The aim was to strategically build collections of thematically related QL datasets, thereby enriching the inter-disciplinary scope of the resource, and creating the potential for new forms of analysis and knowledge production. The mechanism for this was our affiliation scheme for externally funded projects and studentships.

The scheme has been an effective mechanism to work with projects at the planning and development stages, building QL methods and data management planning effectively into research design and development. Over the course of the five years, we have supported the commissioning, design and development of over 50 QL projects and studentships, and acted as a magnet for the development of many more. These projects span the social sciences and include support for researchers in new disciplinary fields of enquiry (e.g. third sector research and STEM subjects such as transport, energy and sustainability). A list of affiliated projects and studentships is given below.

The affiliation scheme has enabled us to build capacity in QL methods and encourage the deposit and sharing of QL datasets. Data from a Department of Health funded study on the Dynamics of Choice and Care in long term illness has been deposited, and will be available for re-use by late spring 2012. Two further affiliated projects (funded by the Scottish Government and the EPSRC) are scheduled to deposit data over the forthcoming year. It is worth noting that we have been able to archive public sector, non ESRC funded studies that are not subject to Research Council archiving requirements, and to persuade the funders of these projects of the value of archiving and data re-use.

Affiliated projects

Affiliated Studentships

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