Centre for Research Methods and Social Data Science

The goal of Centre for Research Methods (CRM) is to advance methods oriented applied and theoretical research and teaching in the social sciences. CRM promotes open data and open science as well as development of infrastructures for data. In addition, CRM aims at increasing the collaboration between researchers and methodology experts, with the goal of improving both applied research as well as methods research.

Operational responsibility of the CRM is at the Faculty of Social Sciences.

The discipline of Social Data Science (formerly called Social Statistics) is part of the CRM. Social Data Science supports evidence-based decision making for the government, organizations and private companies. Applications range from pensions and health care to finance and social media. Questions of inequality between genders, regions or generations typically involve various statistical analyses. Dynamic probabilistic modelling is a primary tool in analyses involving forecasting and risk management. Finland has an extensive system of administrative registers that provide high quality individual level data, dating back to as early as 18th century. These are complemented by survey data. New sources of data include the internet and social media. Social Data Science staff at the University of Helsinki are distinguished in the handling of such data and as developers of new methods for their analysis.

Mathematics and Statistics Master's Programme has four study tracks: mathematics, applied mathematics, statistics and social statistics. Social Statistics (M.Soc.Sc.)  is a training program that provides the students the necessary research and data analysis skills to continue in PhD level studies as well as to work as statistical experts in research and statistics production. Students can specialize in two lines of study; general social statistics and official statistics. The official statistics line gives the students the European Master in Official Statistics (EMOS) degree. Both lines have shared core components and include a minimum of 6 month paid training at Statistics Finland or other partner organization, as well as a strongly recommended international research visit.