ESRC - UPTAP INITIATIVE

   
Dear Researcher,

The Institute for Employment Research at The University of Warwick has been commissioned by the Economic and Social Research Council to undertake an evaluation of the Understanding Population Trends and Processes (UPTAP) Initiative. This will review the outputs of the Initiative and assess how well its objectives were achieved. The evaluation will be completed in early 2011.

This questionnaire is designed to explore the experience of people who worked on grants (as Principal or Co-Investigator or other staff) funded under UPTAP and to ascertain their views about how their projects contributed to the aims and objectives of the ESRC UPTAP initiative. The Initiative's aims were to:
- build capacity in secondary data analysis;
- promote the use of large-scale social science data sets, both qualitative and quantitative;
- improve our understanding of demographic trends and processes which affect society and the population; and
- collaborate and communicate with user groups and policy-making individuals and organisations.
These aims were translated into the following principal objectives:

- build capacity in secondary data analysis amongst new and mid-career researchers;
- spread knowledge and use of secondary analysis through and beyond the social science community;
- add value to the ESRC investments in the collection, preservation and promotion of large-scale national data sets by encouraging their use and exploitation; and
- in the longer term, to maximize the knowledge gained about economic and social change from secondary data analysis.

The questions which follow are intended to help identify how well the Initiative met these objectives. They are mainly tick-box or multiple choice answers. However, most give you the opportunity to elaborate on your answer and provide further information.   The questionnaire should take no more than 15 minutes to complete.
For further information, please contact David Owen, Principal Research Fellow on 024 76 524259, Gaby Atfield, Research Associate on 024 76 150419 or Faye Padfield, Project Assistant on 024 76 524127.
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3. What was your role within your UPTAP projects?
         
  Project 1        
  Project 2        
  Project 3        
 
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5. Have you been a Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator?
6. At the time of first application for an UPTAP award, at what stage were you in your academic career? (please tick one box)
 
7. For how long had you been employed in the academic sector when you applied for this grant?  (please tick one box)
 
8. Was this:
 
9. What were your reasons for applying for funding under the UPTAP initiative? (please tick all that apply)
 
10. What are your research interests? (please tick all that apply)
 
11. Before your involvement with UPTAP would you have regard yourself as being? (please tick one box)
 
12. Did the initiative offer you the potential for personal development?
13. As you answered 'Yes' to Question 12, in what ways did the Initiative offer you the potential for personal development? (please tick all that apply)
 
14. How well does your research project or projects relate to the UPTAP Initiative objectives?
           
  Build capacity in secondary data analysis amongst new and mid-career researchers          
  Spread knowledge and use of secondary analysis through and beyond the social science community          
  Add value to the ESRC investments in the collection, preservation and promotion of large-scale national data sets by encouraging their use and exploitation          
  Maximise the knowledge gained about economic and social change from secondary data analysis          
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16. What were the advantages of being part of an Initiative?  (please tick all that apply)
 
17. What were the disadvantages of being part of an Initiative? (please tick all that apply)
 
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19. Did your research project (or research projects) benefit from direct input/communication with other projects within the UPTAP Initiative?
 
20. In your opinion, did the existence of an Initiative "add value" to your research? (please tick one box)
 
21. Did working as part of an Initiative lead you to adjust the focus of your research to address wider aspects of the UPTAP themes (please tick one box)
 
22. Was the wider 'impact' of your research magnified by being part of an Initiative (please tick one box)
 
23. Please describe your view of the Initiative Co-ordinator's involvement with your own project
24. Overall, did your research benefit from Initiative Co-ordinator input? (please tick one box)
 
25. In your view, how effective was the Initiative Co-ordinator with regard to:
         
  Adding value        
  Intellectual leadership        
  User engagement        
  Input to policy debates        
  Communicating ESRC policies to the research community        
  Ensuring value for money        
26. To what extent did your project interact with 'users' at the following stages:
             
  At the design stage            
  During the actual research            
  Through the dissemination process            
27. Has your award contributed to enhancement of your personal skills and knowledge of large-scale datasets (please tick one box)
 
28. Has your award enabled the skills and knowledge of large-scale datasets of other persons working on the project(s) to be improved? (please tick one box)
 
29. Would you have undertaken this research project if the UPTAP Initiative did not exist and funding was available from another source? (please tick one box)
 
30. In your opinion what were the 'best' and 'worst' things about the UPTAP initiative?  (please write in)
   
   
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Many thanks for taking the time to complete this questionnaire.  

All responses will be treated in the strictest confidence
 
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