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National Centre for Research Methods

The National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM) is a network of research groups, each conducting research and training in an area of social science research methods. NCRM is coordinated by the Hub at the University of Southampton.

NCRM forms part of the Economic and Social Research Council’s (ESRC) strategy to improve the standards of research methods across the UK social science community. NCRM was established in April 2004 with funding from the ESRC to provide more strategic integration and coordination of ESRC’s investment in research methods.


NCRM aims to

- Advance methodological understanding and practice;
- Enable members of the UK social science research community to learn about recent developments in research methods and current ‘best practice’ and to acquire the capacity to use these methods effectively in their research;
- Play a strategic role in the promotion of high quality research methodology; and
- Enhance the UK international profile in methodological excellence and to ensure that the UK is at the forefront of international developments in social research methodology.

NCRM coordinating team is based at the University of Southampton.

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