The ESRC established the National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM) (external website) in 2004 to address long-recognised problems of methodological under-capacity in the UK social science research community.

NCRM’s aim is to increase the quality and range of methodological approaches and techniques used by UK social scientists, across all sectors and career stages, through training and capacity building and by driving forward methodological development and innovation through its research.

Research

The centre comprises a collaborative partnership, between the Universities of Southampton, Manchester, and Edinburgh which undertake a portfolio of methodological research, provide a strategic coordination function and deliver face-to-face and online training and capacity building.

Training and capacity building

NCRM’s substantial programme of training and capacity building comprises short courses delivered at accessible locations throughout the UK, as well as development and hosting of a diverse range of online learning resources.

Consultation on methodological research needs

In 2015 NCRM carried out a consultation to identify areas of methodological research needs.

Research Methods Festival

The ESRC Research Methods Festival (RMF) is the NCRM's flagship event, organised biennially bringing together people from different sectors, methodological traditions, and disciplines.

The event has an important role to play in promoting interest in research methods and opportunities for further training. The event has an important role to play in promoting interest in research methods and opportunities for further training. The next RMF will be held in July 2018.