New Report: Demonstrating the Value & Impact of ISSDA

30 August 2017

This report has outlined the value of access to data through the Irish Social Science Data Archive (ISSDA) to researchers as well as the impact this access has on public policy. ISSDA provides access to high quality, large-scale datasets that require considerable resources to collect and prepare. Over 70% of our respondents said that the data provided by ISSDA is ‘very important’ for their work.

By providing access to the wider research community ISSDA ensures that these datasets are available for secondary analysis and that the full potential of the data can be realised. Access to these datasets has also allowed researchers to improve and develop their own data analysis skills and has allowed wider access to national datasets for use in a teaching environment.

The largest societal impact of access to data through ISSDA has been in the area of evidence-based policy development. By making data easily accessible to researchers ISSDA is facilitating research relevant to policy-making.

In addition to this the feedback received from the survey clearly demonstrates the high level of service delivered by ISSDA staff and the positive impact this has on the research landscape in Ireland.

Read the full report: Demonstrating the Value & Impact of ISSDA

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