Paris, Chris. 'Making sense of diverse data sources: reflections on an applied research project'. - Dublin: Journal of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland,Vol. XXVII, 1994/1995, pp209-227
Journal of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland Vol. XXVII 1994/1995
The aim of my paper today is to explore some of the tensions between 'practical'
and theoretical issues involved in applied social analysis. I try to accomplish this
aim by reflecting on an applied research project on demographic trends and housing
need in Northern Ireland (Heenan, Gray and Paris, 1994). I do not simply
summarise that project, however, but use it as the base from which to raise some
wider issues which confront researchers and policy makers working in applied
The rest of this paper is in five parts. Section 2 introduces the applied research study
and outlines some of its main results. Section 3 identifies the strategic housing
policy context within which the research was undertaken. Section 4 focuses on some
of the research issues involved in analysing demographic change. Section 5 explores
the relationships between demographic analysis and public sector housing need
assessment methodologies. My conclusions are set out in Section 6.
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