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Planning and Conducting Agency-Based Research

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3rd
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9780205386871

ISBN10:
0205386873
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Pub. Date:
1/1/2005
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Allyn & Bacon
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Summary

This unique workbook provides students and instructors with step-by-step procedures for use completing an agency-based research study. Written in clear language with concrete instructions, the third edition of Planning and Conduction Agency-Based Research includes a fully annotated sample literature review and spaces for student responses. Highlights of the Third Edition: Step-by-step workbook format with perforated pages takes students through the process of conducting an agency-based research project, while allowing students to write in book or hand in as assignments. Provides students with many practical examples, including a list of suggested projects, a fully annotated literature review, examples of how to use existing literature, and sample consent forms. Expanded section on data analysis provides more material on statistical tests and more examples of ways to organize and present data. Expanded section on outcomes evaluation includes material on the use of logic models to help students develop program outcomes and their measures. Reviewer comments: ";This is a book worth adopting because it is hands-on, user friendly, practical, and downright helpful to beginning researchers. It is very concrete and the examples used were very helpful."; Jacquelyn Monroe, The Ohio State University ";The workbook is straightforward and breaks the process into manageable steps that should alleviate much of students' anxiety, which, in my experience, is the biggest barrier to students engaging in research."; Wanda M. Spaid, Brigham Young University "; Planning and Conducting Agency-Based Research tends to demystify the process by adroitly using examples and by breaking down the research process into manageable and easily understood components. In short, it is an excellent basic step-by-step approach to research."; Howard Karger, University of Houston Don't Miss This Special Value Pack Option: Research Navigatortrade; Research Navigatortrade; can be a student's best friend when they're facing a large research project. Especially helpful with the toughest challenge-getting started-Research Navigatortrade; offers a comprehensive, step-by-step walk-through of the research process, along with access to some of the most respected source databases available. Access to Research Navigatortrade;-a $15 value-is FREE when packaged with a new Allyn & Bacon Social Work textbook! If this text did not come packaged with Research Navigatortrade;, look for it in your bookstore or visit http://www.researchnavigator.com today to purchase immediate access. Contact your local Allyn & Bacon representative and request special packaging codes to take advantage of this great offer.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1(1)
Agency-Based Research
2(1)
New in this Edition
2(1)
Acknowledgments
2(2)
Layout of the Workbook
4(1)
How to Use this Workbook
5(196)
Special Note to Students
6(1)
Special Note to Course Instructors
7(1)
Special Note to Field Instructors
8(1)
Special Note to Agency Staff Conducting Research
8(1)
A Final Note
9(2)
Orientation to Agency Research
11(12)
If the Agency Has a Research Program
12(4)
If the Agency Does Not Have a Research Program
16(3)
Staff Views and Usage of Research
19(3)
Agency Resources for Your Research
22(1)
Timeframe for Your Research Project
22(1)
Protection of Research Participants (Preliminary)
23(4)
The University IRB
25(1)
The Agency IRB
25(1)
Prepare a Timeline for Your Human Subjects' Review Application
26(1)
The Research Question
27(10)
What Would You Like to Know?
28(1)
What Would the Agency Like to Know?
29(1)
What Would the Clients Like to Know?
30(1)
What Is Your Research Question?
31(1)
List of Student Research Questions and Design Type
32(1)
Browse the Literature Related to Your Topic
33(2)
Refine Your Research Question
35(1)
Finalize Your Research Question
36(1)
The Literature Review
37(32)
Conduct a Literature Search
42(3)
Evaluate and Critique the Literature
45(13)
Write the Introduction Section
58(2)
Write the Literature Review Section
60(2)
Annotated Example of a Literature Review
62(7)
Choosing Your Methodology & Developing a Timeline
69(4)
Determine the Purpose of Your Study
70(1)
Develop Your Proposed Timeline
71(1)
Submit Proposed Study to Your Course Instructor
71(1)
Study Timeline Template
72(1)
Survey Research
73(20)
Translate Concepts and Variables into Measures
73(5)
Construct Your Research Questionnaire
78(3)
Plan How to Administer Your Questionnaire
81(9)
Pilot Your Research Instrument and Plan for Data Collection
90(2)
Write the Methods Section
92(1)
Data Collection
92(1)
Qualitative Research
93(12)
Develop the Interview Agenda: Your Research Instrument
94(4)
Plan How to Conduct Interviews
98(4)
Pilot Your Interview Agenda and Plan for Data Collection
102(1)
Write the Methods Section
103(1)
Data Collection
103(2)
Single-Subject Design Research
105(14)
Translate Concepts into Variables
106(1)
Translate Variables into Measures (Operationalization)
107(7)
Identify the Specific Single-Subject Design
114(3)
Write the Methods Section
117(1)
Data Collection
117(2)
Outcomes Evaluation
119(26)
Developing the Rationale for the Intervention: A Logic Model
123(2)
Developing Program Outcomes and their Measures
125(8)
Choosing a Design
133(2)
Threats to Internal Validity
135(3)
Selecting a Sample and Assigning Groups
138(4)
Write the Methods Section
142(1)
Data Collection
142(1)
Logic Model for the Quest Program
143(2)
Sample Design
145(14)
For Probability Samples
146(7)
For Nonprobability Samples
153(4)
Write the Sample Section
157(2)
Protection of Research Participants
159(8)
Construct a Consent Form
160(1)
Outline Procedures for Obtaining Informed Consent
161(1)
Confidentiality Safeguards
162(1)
Request Agency Approval
163(1)
Request IRB Approval
164(1)
Sample Consent Forms
165(2)
Data Analysis for Surveys and Outcomes Evaluation
167(16)
Presentation of Descriptive Information
171(3)
Statistical Tests for Descriptive Data
174(1)
Presentation of Group Comparisons
175(4)
Statistical Tests for Group Comparisons
179(3)
Testing the Relationship between Continuous Variables
182(1)
Data Analysis for Qualitative Research
183(6)
First Level Coding
184(2)
Second Level Coding
186(1)
Select Excerpts to Represent Each Theme
187(1)
Obtain Feedback from Research Participants
188(1)
Relate Your Findings to the Literature
188(1)
Data Analysis for Single-Subject Design Research
189(4)
Visual Significance
189(2)
Statistical Significance
191(1)
Substantive or Clinical Significance
192(1)
Writing the Final Report
193(8)
Rewrite Earlier Sections of Your Paper
194(1)
For the Sample Section
194(1)
Write the Findings Section
194(1)
Write the Discussion Section
195(1)
Compile the References
196(1)
Compile the Appendices
197(1)
Write the Abstract
197(1)
Final Checklist
198(1)
Research Paper Outline
199(2)
Workbook Bibliography 201(2)
Appendix 203


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