School of Sociology and Social Policy

Timescapes: An ESRC Qualitative Longitudinal Initiative

Secondary Analysis

A major strand of work within Timescapes has been Secondary Analysis also known as the re-use of archived data. The plan for the dataset created from the seven Timescapes projects and their affiliates is that it will live on as an accessible and re-useable resource, available to other researchers over the years, growing and developing in line with the programme's original aims. Secondary analysis was therefore central to Timescapes' work and was a core part of each project.

Secondary analysis offers opportunities for the development of new theorising from existing data, the creation of new evidence and the exploration of new methodologies in data use and re-use. Through browsing and serendipity, web-based archives offer opportunities for creative interpretations through the sharing of theories and the juxtaposing of perspectives. 

In order to support secondary analysis during the lifetime of Timescapes member projects took part in a range of Collective Secondary Analysis activities where they shared experience and developed ideas and practice. These included collaborations across project teams, contributions to the Archiving work, and training and capacity building.

Timescapes also ran a dedicated Secondary Analysis Project with a remit to undertake substantive and methodological research working with primary project data sets, as well as contribute to methodological training.

Both of these domains of work have their own dedicated webpages which describe activities and work undertaken and which list resulting publications.  

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