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Overview

Perfect for practitioners, teachers and students, this book offers a comprehensive guide to commissioning, managing and undertaking research in development work.This fully revised and updated Second Edition includes new sections on how to use the internet for research, promoting research uptake, assessing research work and on monitoring and evaluation. The highly accessible content is supported by a wide variety of international case studies, checklists of key points, learning exercises, helpful references to further reading, engaging illustrations and a detailed glossary of terms.

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Editorial Reviews

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In the decade since it was first published, Research for Development has become the 'go to' text for development practitioners, students and researchers alike. This substantially revised second edition is even better: brought fully up to date with many new topics and chapters, this book is comprehensive, authoritative and highly informative. Whether one is seeking a quick definition or brief explanation of a subject, or needing a more detailed guide to how to go about doing research for development, this book is quite simply indispensible.
David Lewis
Professor of Social Policy and Development, London School of Economics & Political Science

Research for Development is undoubtedly the best guide to its subject that we have. The first edition has become an indispensable work of reference for development researchers and practitioners engaged in commissioning and managing research. Oxfam staff around the world have benefitted from its use, and all of us are looking forward to the publication of the new edition. Sophie Laws, Caroline Harper, Nicola Jones and Rachel Marcus are to be congratulated for the work they have put into updating the text and keeping it relevant to the ever-changing demands of development research, and for their contribution to our common goal of making the world a better place..
Duncan Green
Senior Strategic Adviser, Oxfam

Chandni Singh
Drawing from their wide experience, the authors showcase examples from various fields including poverty studies, child trafficking, environmental issues, health and sanitation, and gender studies. This ensures that the book appeals to a wide range of development researchers and practitioners.[...] The clear, engaging written style is suited both to readers looking for an overview of certain research approaches, as well as those with more time who can engage with the exercises in each chapter. The chapters are punctuated with real-life examples and case studies that will help a novice development researcher envision what their own research may look like in the field.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761973270
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 6/28/2003
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 488
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Sophie Laws is Head of Policy and Research at Coram, the UK’s first-ever children’s charity.

Caroline Harper is Head of the Social Development Programme at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI).

Nicola Jones is a Research Fellow in the Social Development Programme at the ODI.

Rachel Marcus is an Independent Researcher.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Ch. 1 Introduction - Why use Research in Development Work? 7
Ch. 2 How is Research Used in Development Work? 25
Ch. 3 Participatory Research 49
Ch. 4 Quality in Research 69
Ch. 5 Planning for Effective Research - Preparing to Write the Brief 86
Ch. 6 Planning for Effective Research - What Should Go into the Brief? 103
Ch. 7 Who Should do the Research? 120
Ch. 8 Managing Research 146
Ch. 9 Learning How to do Research for Development Work 169
Ch. 10 Managing for Impact - Promoting Research Findings 182
Ch. 11 Evaluating Research for Development Work 200
Ch. 12 What is Already Known? Making the Most of Existing Information 213
Ch. 13 Research Ethics 233
Ch. 14 Communication with Respondents - The Key to Good Research 248
Ch. 15 How to Ensure Quality in Data-Gathering 260
Ch. 16 Choosing Methods 271
Ch. 17 Seven Key Research Techniques 283
Ch. 18 Some Packages of Methods for Research for Development Work 332
Ch. 19 Talking to the Right People - Choosing a Sample 356
Ch. 20 Analysis 376
Ch. 21 How to Write an Effective Research Report 423
App. 1: Useful Websites 439
Glossary 452
References 462
Index 469
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