Big Talk about Big Data: Discourses of “Evidence” and Data in British Civil Society William Allen


This seed-funded study from the Communities and Culture Network+ (CCN+) draws upon quantitative text analysis from corpus linguistics to analyse the published materials of a sample of civil society and voluntary organisations (CSOs) that broadly work on migration and social welfare issues in the UK. Supplemented by qualitative interviews with key staff members of these organisations who are responsible for policy, research, external communications, or strategic management, the study identifies how they perceive data and evidence as relevant to their overall mission.


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