Planning and Conducting Agency-Based Research

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  • Edition: 4th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-02-11
  • Publisher: Pearson

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This unique workbook provides step-by-step procedures for completing an agency-based research study. Extremely user friendly, it includes concrete instructin and a fully annotated sample literature review with spaces for students to respond.

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Agency-Based Research
New in this Edition
Layout of the Workbook
How to Use This Workbook
Special Note to Students
Special Note to Course Instructors
Special Note to Field Instructors
Special Note to Agency Staff
A Final Note
Orientation to Agency Research
If the Agency Has a Research Program
If the Agency Does Not Have a Research Program
Staff Views and Usage of Research
Agency Resources for Your Research
Timeframe for Your Research Project
Protection of Research Participants (Preliminary)
The University IRB
The Agency IRB
Prepare a Time Line for Your Human Subjects' Review Application
The Research Question
What Would You Like to Know?
What Would the Agency Like to Know?
What Would the Clients Like to Know?
What Is Your Research Question?
List of Student Research Questions and Design Type
Browse the Literature
Related to Your Topic
Refine Your Research Question
Finalize Your Research Question
The Literature Review
Conduct a Literature Search
Evaluate and Critique the Literature
Write the INTRODUCTION Section
Annotated Example of a Literature Review
Choosing Your Methodology and Developing a Time Line
Determine the Purpose of Your Study
Develop Your Proposed Time Line
Submit Proposed Study to Your Course Instructor
Study Timeline Template
Survey Research
Translate Concepts and Variables into Measures
Construct Your Research Questionnaire
Plan How to Administer Your Questionnaire
Pilot Your Research Instrument and Plan for Data Collection
Write the METHODS Section
Data Collection
Qualitative Research
Develop the Interview Agenda (Your Research Instrument)
Plan How to Conduct Interviews
Pilot Your Interview Agenda and Plan for Data Collection
Write the METHODS Section
Data Collection
Single-Subject Design Research
Translate Concepts into Variables
Translate Variables into Measures
Identify the Specific Single-Subject Design
Write the METHODS Section
Data Collect
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