Dataset for "Freedom of information (FOI) as a data collection tool for social scientists."

Dataset for "Freedom of information (FOI) as a data collection tool for social scientists."

The UK’s FOI Act came into force in 2005, allowing the public to make requests of publicly held data. We set out to understand the determinants of the quality responses to FOI requests. We also explain how requests can be made and provide suggestions to construct effective data-driven requests. We applied for data on hate crime from all police forces and on uptake of maternity leave from all universities. We find that observable characteristics of the local area, police force and universities neither determine whether the request was fulfilled, nor the speed of response, suggesting that the data from these FOI requests are representative of the institutions from which they were requested.

The dataset and code contains the analysis of "Freedom of information (FOI) as a data collection tool for social scientists" which evaluates a method of generating a unique dataset that has been underused - a Freedom of Information (FOI) request.

Subjects:
Economics
Political science and international studies
Sociology

Cite this dataset as:
Clifton-Sprigg, J., James, J., Vujic, S., 2020. Dataset for "Freedom of information (FOI) as a data collection tool for social scientists.". Bath: University of Bath Research Data Archive. Available from: https://doi.org/10.15125/BATH-00763.

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Data

PF_Final.dta
application/octet-stream (118kB)
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Data for the analysis of Freedom of Information requests made to Police Forces

Unis_FinalData.dta
application/octet-stream (152kB)
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Data for the analysis of Freedom of Information requests made to Universities

Code

FOI_analysis.do
text/plain (15kB)
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Code for the analysis of Freedom of Information requests made to both Police Forces and Universities

FOI_vars.do
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Code to make variables for the analysis of Freedom of Information requests made to both Police Forces and Universities

Creators

Jonathan James
University of Bath

Suncica Vujic
University of Antwerp

Coverage

Geographical coverage:

UK

Documentation

Data collection method:

Data was collected using i) Freedom of Information requests, ii) downloaded from government websites: police force characteristics and crime statistics - Home Office; local area demographic characteristics - 2011 Census; labour market characteristics - ONS.

Technical details and requirements:

The data and code files are in Stata format. Microsoft Excel was also used to prepare the data.

Documentation Files

Readme_file_for ... OI_PLOSONE.docx
application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.wordprocessingml.document (12kB)
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Funders

Self-Funded

Publication details

Publication date: 27 January 2020
by: University of Bath

Version: 1

DOI: https://doi.org/10.15125/BATH-00763

URL for this record: https://researchdata.bath.ac.uk/id/eprint/763

Related articles

Clifton-Sprigg, J., James, J. and Vujić, S., 2020. Freedom of Information (FOI) as a data collection tool for social scientists. PLOS ONE, 15(2), p.e0228392. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0228392.

Contact information

Please contact the Research Data Service in the first instance for all matters concerning this item.

Contact person: Jonathan James

Departments:

Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences
Economics