Research and Evaluation for Busy Practitioners

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  • Copyright: 2013-01-01
  • Publisher: Policy Pr
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More and more people working in public services have to do research in addition to their main jobs. This can include workplace research, such as evaluation; audit, training needs analysis or satisfaction surveys, or research for a professional development qualification such as a diploma, Master's degree or PhD. Unlike most how-to books that treat research as if it exists in isolation, this book will show you how to juggle research, work, family, and social life. Based on interviews with practitioners from health, education, social care, criminal justice, government and the third sector, as well as the author's extensive experience, it provides a wealth of practical information and tips to save you time, effort and stress. This book is for anyone in the public or third sector, an independent research organisation or academia, who wants to know how to do research on top of their main job and still have a life. Book jacket.

Author Biography

Dr Helen Kara has been an independent social researcher and writer since 1999, and is also Associate Research Fellow at the Third Sector Research Centre, Birmingham University. Her background is in social care and the third sector, and she works with third sector organisations and social care and health partnerships. While working full time, she obtained both her MSc in Social Research Methods and her PhD. She also teaches research methods to practitioners and students, and loves to demystify the processes of writing and research.

Table of Contents

List of figures, tables and boxesp. vi
About the authorp. vii
Acknowledgementsp. viii
Introductionp. 1
Overview of researchp. 13
Research topics, proposals, and plansp. 39
Managing the research processp. 55
Background researchp. 79
Secondary datap. 101
Primary data collectionp. 113
Data analysisp. 135
Writing upp. 159
Disseminationp. 177
Conclusionp. 191
Job titles of intervieweesp. 195
Sample record-keeping gridp. 196
Exchanging information electronicallyp. 197
Glossaryp. 203
Bibliographyp. 211
Indexp. 215
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