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This section of the website houses resources relating to researching living with data – that is, how datafication is affecting the lives of ordinary people. For now, the section includes the outputs of three major pieces of work.

Living With Data survey results

Living With Data: knowledge, experiences and perceptions of data practices carried out a survey in late 2020 of people’s attitudes to data uses. We used the web survey platform Qualtrics to recruit and administer the survey to 2000 adults in the UK. We asked about: Personal characteristics; Internet usage; Awareness of data uses; General attitudes to data uses; Trust in institutions’ data uses; Attitudes to specific public sector data uses in the BBC, DWP and NHS; and Concerns about data uses as they compare with other concerns. The full report, a summary of our findings and original survey questions are all available from this page.

Living With Data literature review

Living With Data: knowledge, experiences and perceptions of data practices carried out an extensive review of existing empirical research into public understanding and perceptions of data practices which was published on 21 May 2020. The full report, a short accessible summary, and accompanying list of references are all available from this page in the Current Research section of this site.

Resources for doing qualitative research which addresses inequalities in times of social distancing

Many of us are currently facing challenges as we seek to carry out qualitative research which addresses inequalities under socially distanced conditions. Lots of people are thinking creatively about how to overcome these challenges, and we’re aware of a number of events, webinars and discussions on this topic that have taken place.

Working with colleagues from the Digital Society Network at the University of Sheffield, in the summer of 2020, we sought to gather together resources on this topic (including recordings of webinars, if available). Our aim was to include general resources about doing qualitative research in socially distant times, but we are especially interested in resources relating to inequalities research, covering, for example, researching with marginalised, minoritised or seldom heard groups and communities, or facilitating qualitative research with diverse groups (including diversity in groups).

Our resource can be found here.

If you have any further suggestions of resources to add please do get in touch on livingwithdata@sheffield.ac.uk