The Applied Quantitative Methods Network (AQMeN) is a Research Centre that aims to develop a dynamic and pioneering set of projects to improve our understanding of current social issues in the UK and provide policymakers and practitioners with the robust independent research-based evidence to build a better future.
2013-2016: Research and training
Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), AQMeN runs a dynamic programme of research based on analysis of existing data in the areas of crime and victimisation, education and social stratification, and urban segregation and inequality. We have a multidisciplinary team from the UK, Europe and the US.
Additionally, in the run-up to the Scottish Independence Referendum (September 2014), AQMeN researchers were funded by the ESRC’s Future of the UK and Scotland programme to investigate the impact of social media on public sentiment, public attitudes to Scotland’s constitutional future, and young people’s opinions on national identity, politics and independence.
We also continue to build capacity in the use of intermediate and advanced level quantitative methods among the UK social science community. We offer practical quantitative methods training on a range of techniques developed as part of our programme of research.
2009-2012: Training and capacity building
AQMeN was funded by the ESRC and the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) to build capacity in quantitative methods amongst social scientists in Scotland through training and knowledge exchange. During this phase, AQMeN established a reputation as an excellent provider. As a result of our success, we were invited to bid for further funding to develop into a Research Centre.