Are you a researcher, student, or practitioner looking to build research skills? SCANR, or the Support Centre for Agriculture and Nutrition Research, connects researchers and practitioners with a compendium of resources and guidance for carrying out interdisciplinary research related to agriculture, food systems, nutrition, and health. SCANR’s Research Guidance section covers topics from identifying and analysing secondary data to developing interdisciplinary questions and frameworks to collecting primary data.
Not sure where to start? Here are six SCANR resources to enhance your research:
- Data repositories: You can do great research using data collected by others, by downloading variables from public repositories related to agriculture, food systems, nutrition, and health. SCANR provides a curated list of data repositories across many topics and disciplines of interest to ANH Academy members. Use this list as a jumping off point for your next project!
- Data software guides: Many researchers or students want to carry out their own research but struggle to use data analysis software like Excel, R, Stata, and SAS. SCANR features recommended resources for getting started with data software and using statistical software for data cleaning, analysis, and visualisation.
- Communication resources: After many months (or years) working on our research projects, we all want to share them with the world, but communicating research effectively can be difficult. SCANR highlights useful guides for writing research papers, preparing blogs and presentations, and communicating with non-researchers.
- Guidance for developing questions and methods: Often, deciding what you want to study and how can be the most challenging steps in a research project. On SCANR, you’ll find tips for reviewing past literature, identifying metrics and tools, and incorporating themes like gender, climate change, and intersectionality.
- SCANR tips: Throughout the Research Guidance pages, keep an eye out for “SCANR Tips” in italics that provide expert tips, answer common questions, define terms, and highlight particularly useful resources.
- Use cases: For more ideas of how to use SCANR, check out our use cases. The use cases are suggestions for how SCANR’s Research Guidance content can be used to guide research, including examples related to finding data on difficult topics, merging publicly available data from different sources, and following others’ research to generate new questions.
Before you leave SCANR, don’t miss out on SCANR’s Teaching Resources, a set of resources for instructors teaching about agriculture, food systems, nutrition, and health.
Do you have research or teaching resources that we should feature on SCANR? Please email Elena at [email protected] with any questions or suggestions.