Blog in decline..!

Thus far, I guess we've not managed to induce a great deal of activity on this blog site (for the Scottish Social Survey Network).

For the moment, it is perhaps best to regard this blog as inactive.

For publicity of our own events, and selected alternative events also taking place in Scotland and relevant to the SSSN, see our main website .

In the meantime we'll be thinking about alternative blog/wiki arrangements which might be more effective for the SSSN.

Paul Lambert, 8 Mar 2009

National Child Development Study and 1970 British Cohort Study Introductory Workshop, University of Stirling 18 June 2008

National Child Development Study and 1970 British Cohort Study
Introductory Workshop, University of Stirling 18 June 2008

Scottish Longitudinal Study

An Introductory TrainingWorkshop for the Scottish Longitudinal Study
University of Glasgow,Wolfson Medical School Atrium
Monday 7th April 2008

The role of interviewers in ensuring quality in longitudinal surveys: seminar 20th February 2008

The role of interviewers in ensuring quality in longitudinal surveys: seminar 20th February 2008

Royal Society Edinburgh Foundation on February 20th 2008.

Please rsvp to Christine Lamb ( by email, post or telephone (01334 463992) by 4 February. Let her know if you would like to apply for a travel bursary.

NCeSS Showcase 16 Jan 2008 (Manchester)

NCeSS is the UK's 'National Centre for e-Social Science'.

NCeSS are hosting a showcase event on 16th January in Manchester, further information at

In either case the NCeSS website contains information on their activities / research,

If you haven't previously looked at what is involved in 'e-Social Science' it is worth checking sometime, since there are many facilities related to this approach which are useful to social survey researchers.

Admittedly, Vernon and I have a vested interest, since we also have a project just getting started in which we will be using 'e-Social Science' approaches (toward 'data management' operations such as combining data files and working on variable operationalisations).

We would happily talk further on this with members of the SSSN sometime if there is interest..!


A Decade of Devolution: Does it measure up? CALL FOR PAPERS

A Decade of Devolution:Does it measure up? CALL FOR PAPERS
Radical Statistics will hold its annual conference in Edinburgh,Saturday March 1st, 2008.

Paper proposals relating to any related topics are welcome, including:
* Changes in attitudes toward national identity in the UK
* Comparability of official statistics across devolved countries
* Devolved policies on care for the elderly: is there evidence for improved quality of life?
* Poverty and wealth inequality across the UK; mapping deprivation
* Health statistics, mortality: is there a 'Scottish effect'?
* Effects of tuition fees on young people in debt, or on higher education
* Migration in an expanded EU and policy on asylum seekers
* Voting patterns and multi-party politics
* or other relevant topic to the theme.

The Radical Statistics Group was formed in 1975 as part of the radical science movement associated with the establishment of the British Society for Social Responsibility in Science (BSSRS). The researchers and statisticians who started Radstats shared a common concern about the political implications of their work and an awareness of the actual and potential misuse of statistics. Members of Radical Statistics believe that statistics can be used to support radical campaigns for progressive social change.

Please send an abstract of your paper indicating the topic and outlining your use of statistics to the organising committee at (Enquiries also welcome.)

*** The deadline for proposals has been extended to 19 October. ***

View previous conferences,

Introduction to Multilevel Modelling

1) 'Introduction to Multilevel Modelling':
Tues 15 - Thur 17 January 2008

Designed to give participants a solid grounding in multilevel modelling.
The workshop will be based around theoretical sessions followed by "hands
on" practical sessions illustrating the theoretical concepts. The hands on
sessions will be using the MLwiN software package. Prices: academic (staff): £145
students: £85
non-academic: £550


Training workshop for SLS

There will be a one-day training workshop on Scottish Longitudinal Study (SLS) on October 3, 2007. The venue is at the City University, London. Please follow the link below for more information:


Survey Research in the 21st Century: Challenges and Opportunities, 24 October 2007
The Royal Statistical Society, London

This one day conference will bring together leading international experts from different areas of survey methodology to consider the challenges and opportunities that the new century offers to producers and users of survey research.

Chair: Dr Patrick Sturgis, University of Surrey Speakers: Professor Jon Krosnick (Stanford University), Professor Roger Jowell ( City University; Professor Mick Couper (University of Michigan), Professor Nick Buck (University of Essex)

Places at this event are free and will be allocated on a first-come-first served basis. Please contact Sarah Bulloch ( ) to reserve a place.

Launch: Scottish Social Survey Network at

Welcome to the blog spot for the Scottish Social Survey Network,

This blog was launched by Paul Lambert on 20/9/2007 .

Please use this blog spot to post messages and engage in discussions of relevance to the Scottish Social Survey Network, for example:

- to announce seminars, meetings and other events related to social survey analysis in Scotland

- to discuss the content of SSSN seminar presentations

- to make contacts and queries relevant to the social survey research

To post to this blog...:

  1. you will need us to have invited you to participate in this blog, which we can do when we have your email address
  2. Once you are eligible to post, you also need to login at with a (free) google account (username = your email address; password = as chosen).

We hope that you find this blog useful!

Paul Lambert / Vernon Gayle, 20/9/2007