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Practicing Research: Discovering Evidence That Matters provides students, practitioners, and researchers with guidance on best practices. The book’s eight chapters correspond to the skills that research consumers need to discover evidence that matters. Author Arlene Fink pays special attention to facilitating student learning by offeringing over a hundred examples, exercises, tables, figures, and checklists, as well as an extensive glossary. All the examples are taken from existing research and programs and grounded in the practitioner’s reality.
This text is intended to be the core text or one of the primary texts for applied research courses at the graduate level in Education, Social Work, Public Administration and Policy, Evaluation, Health, Nursing, and Criminal Justice. Readers should have a passing familiarity with the idea of research, but no special research expertise is necessary.
Chapter 1. The Evaluation Research and Evidence-Based Practice Partnership
Chapter 2. The Research Consumer as Detective: Investigating Program and Bibliographic Data Bases
Chapter 3: The Practical Research Consumer
Chapter 4. The Designing Research Consumer
Chapter 5. The Research Consumer Reviews the Measures
Chapter 6. The Research Consumer Evaluates Measurement Reliability and Validity
Chapter 7. Getting Closer: Grading the Literature and Evaluating the Strength of the Evidence
Chapter 8. The Ethical Research Consumer Assesses Needs and Evaluates Improvement Identifying Needs, Preferences and Values