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Organisation of Social Science Research in the United Kingdom, 1972; Units

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SN: 1271
Title: Organisation of Social Science Research in the United Kingdom, 1972; Units
Persistent identifier: 10.5255/UKDA-SN-1271-1
Series: Organisation of Social Science Research in the United Kingdom, 1972
Depositor: Economic and Social Research Council
Principal investigator(s): Social Science Research Council. Survey Unit
Sponsor(s): Economic and Social Research Council


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Social Science Research Council. Survey Unit. Organisation of Social Science Research in the United Kingdom, 1972. [data collection]. UK Data Service. SN: 1271,

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Higher and further - Education
Management and organisation - Industry and management
Research - Education


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To investigate the organization of social science research in the United Kingdom
Main Topics:
Numbers and type of staff currently attached to Dept/Unit, whether employed full or part-time and by whom salaried, whether Dept/Unit has included any staff engaged on social science research in last two years, type of contract, proportion of time spent on research, number of men and women. Which media have been used to communicate results of research (e.g. scientific journals, seminars and conferences), Dept's/Unit's expenditure on research in most recent financial year, sources of funding and percentage from each, comparison of Dept's/ Unit's size with three years ago, expected size in three years time
Five most recent completed social science research projects: type of research and how initiated, main source of funds, number of professional man-years involved in project, whether any parts of surveys were sub-contracted, type of computer facilities and programs used, intended audience, year in which completed, sex of project director, age of project director at completion, whether results were submitted for higher degree (Departments only)
The following additional questions were asked: year in which organization established, whether affiliated with any other body,if yes-with what type of body (e.g. university, central government organization, private industrial or commercial organization), details of nature and degree of major affiliation, type of research conducted (themes/topics/disciplines), whether within the field of social science, type of activities carried out (teaching/vocational training/consultancy/documentation services), percentage of staff time devoted to social science research. Social science areas in which research has been conducted in past two years, whether results are normally made available to general public.

Coverage, universe, methodology

Dates of fieldwork: 1972
Country: United Kingdom
Spatial units: No information recorded
Observation units: Institutions/organisations
Universe: National
Social research organizations
All organizations conducting social research in the U.K. (excluding industrial or commericial firms)
Time dimensions: Cross-sectional (one-time) study
Sampling procedures: No sampling (total universe)
Number of units: 1666 (target) 1156 (obtained)
Method of data collection: Postal survey
Weighting: No information recorded

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Date of release:
First edition: 01 January 1979
Copyright: No information recorded
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By principal investigator(s):
Perry, N., The organization of social science research in the United Kingdom, No. 6, Occasional Papers in Survey Research (London: SSRC Survey Unit, 1975)

  • Perry, N., and Cherns, A., `The development and structure of social science research in Britain' in T. Crawford and N. Perry, (eds.) Organized research and the demand for social knowledge. (published in 1975)

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