Course LeaderMr Rhys Davies, WISERD Quantitative Research Team

This course provided an overview of some of the data resources available for research within the Social Sciences, focusing upon resources relevant to Wales.

The course outlined the key sources of information related to data and research resources of potential interest.  The aim was to fill knowledge gaps regarding the existence and scope of information sources currently available for researchers.

Resources for research were considered under three broad areas:

1) Compendia sources and reference volumes that provide accessible statistical summaries of particular topic areas, typically drawing upon a range of data sources;

2) Data resources that enable researchers to download aggregate data online, such as that available from interactive websites including NOMIS, Neighbourhood Statistics and InfoBase Cymru

3) Data resources that enable researchers to identify sources of micro-data, browse the data (either online or in reference volumes) and download for analysis