Understanding rural communities using social science data16 March 2010Defra Innovation Centre, Reading

As part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science 2010, The Commission for Rural Communities (CRC), the Rural Economy and Land Use programme (RELU) and the UK Data Archive (UKDA) will hold a joint rural survey data seminar on 16 March 2010 for young and new professionals engaged in research, analysis and public services delivery. The main objective is to show the new generation of researchers, analysts and other stakeholders how social science survey data can be used to produce evidence about rural households and communities that can inform wider public policy and service delivery debates. ESRC Festival of Social Science logo A recent report from the RELU Data Support Service and UKDA, which explores the potential for using a variety of national survey data archived at the UKDA for rural analysis, will be disseminated through this seminar and influence practice.

At the event CRC will demonstrate rural analysis techniques used to provide independent information for policy makers on the needs of people living and working in rural areas. Survey commissioners and contractors will show specific survey examples and the RELU Data Support Service will showcase the findings of the recent rural markers review of UKDA data collections. Activities will include a mixture of presentations and hands-on technical demonstrations.

The event will take place from 11.00 to 15.30 in the Defra Innovation Centre, Reading.