CfP: ‘Social Research in a Sceptical Age’

The current climate of scepticism towards ‘experts’ has put many research practitioners and users on the defensive.  Is it enough simply to assert the value of rigorous methods, or should we be checking, sharpening and improving our tools?  If ‘post-truth’ carries real meaning then the pressure is on researchers to find a positive response – such as clearly communicating our findings and why they matter; and demonstrating how high standards in design, conduct and analysis are built in to our research.

At this stage we are looking for up to 500 words to describe and explain what you’d like to present – with a focus on one or more of these topic areas:

  • Getting the message across
  • The value of narratives
  • Policy evaluation
  • Embedding quality assurance
  • The value of quality in evidence
  • Qualitative innovation
  • Quantitative innovation
  • Involving research participants
  • Dealing with the unexpected

The deadline for submissions is Monday 7 August.  The SRA Events Group will assess all entries and aim to let you know the outcome in September/October.

Presentations will be in parallel workshop sessions of 20 minutes (followed by a 10 minute Q&A).  One presenter per submission will pay a reduced delegate rate of £55.

Abstracts and other details must be submitted using the template Word doc that can be downloaded on our website here:

We hope you will consider making a submission for the conference.  And of course please feel free to share this call with colleagues and networks.

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