COMPASS seminars

COMPASS Seminar Series

COMPASS's seminar series for 2018 will take place Wednesdays 2-3pm in the Pat Hanan room of the Arts 2 Building (207.501). We will be sharing weekly allocations with the Department of Politics and International Relations, supporting each other's speakers on a roughly alternating basis.

POPNZ – People’s Online Panel for New Zealand


Dr Barry Milne

28 February 2018

Online panels are samples of individuals with whom different online surveys are conducted over time. Currently all online panels in New Zealand are ‘non-probabilistic’ (opt-in) panels, populated by individuals who volunteer their services. The statistical validity and robustness of findings from non-probabilistic panels have been questioned. ‘Probabilistic’ online panels overcome these statistical shortcomings by randomly sampling individuals from the population of interest.

I will describe a new, national-probability online panel we are in the process of establishing: the People’s Online Panel for New Zealand (POPNZ). POPNZ is a survey panel service that academics, government, and other appropriately qualified researchers conducting public good research can utilise to understand the opinions of a representative panel of New Zealanders. I will describe the characteristics of this panel, how it can be used, and the interest researchers are already showing in POPNZ.

Dr Barry Milne is the Director of COMPASS Research Centre. He has a Masters degree in Psychology from the University of Otago, and a PhD in Psychiatric Epidemiology from Kings College London. His main interests are in life-course research, survey research, and the use of large administrative data sets to answer policy and research questions.

Uses and Application of Qualitative Research Methods in Policy Evaluations


Assistant Professor Alasdair Jones

28 March 2018 

I will introduce a programme of work I will be undertaking during my visit to the Public Policy Institute (in conjunction with COMPASS) at the University of Auckland. This work will comprise a review and synthesis of existing approaches to research design for public policy evaluation that integrate a qualitative research component. My interest in this area stems from my involvement in a mixed-methods evaluation of the public health impact of a concessionary bus and tram fare scheme for school children in London (the ‘zip card’). Out of this study, my colleagues and I became interested in how the integration of quasi-experimental and inductive designs in evaluation might be conceptualised. I will make the case for one particular conceptual approach to thinking through the relationship between qualitative analysis and causal inference in evaluation. This argument will be grounded in a discussion of some of the findings of the ‘zip card’ evaluation.

More information on this work can be found at

Alasdair Jones is an Assistant Professor in Qualitative Research Methodology at the London School of Economics and the Programme Director for the Department of Methodology’s MSc Social Research Methods. He is also an Associate at LSE Cities. He is a sociologist by training, and has conducted research in a number of thematic areas including urban public space, the transport-health nexus, experiences of living in planned developments, and social care. These studies have involved a variety of methodological approaches and Alasdair has particular interests in the use of qualitative methods in evaluation studies.

Alasdair is visiting the University of Auckland on a UK National Centre for Research Methods ‘International Visitor Exchange Scheme’ award. Prior to working at the LSE, Alasdair held research positions at the University of Hertfordshire and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. He has also previously undertaken a Fulbright Scholarship at the Center for Ethnographic Research, UC Berkeley, and a Visiting Fellowship at the City Futures Research Centre, UNSW.


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