Research for Development: A Practical Guide / Edition 2 available in Paperback
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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About 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.
Table of ContentsHow to use this bookPART ONE: INTRODUCTION AND PLANNING YOUR RESEARCH Introduction: Why Research for Development Matters So What Is Research? 'But I'm not a Researcher': The Contribution of the Development Worker Who Should Do Research for Development Work? The Broader Issues Research and Social Change How to Tell When Research is the Best Approach to a ProblemUsing Research in Development Work So What is the Right Approach to Research for Development Work? Two Major Research Approaches Types of Research in Development Work Programme-Focused and Issue-Focused Research Using Research for Programme Development Using Research to Influence PolicyPlanning for Effective Research Quality in Research Choosing a Research Focus Defining the Research Questions Writing a Research BriefManaging Research Attracting and Engaging with Funders Deciding Who Should Do The Research Selecting and Appointing External Researchers Managing Costs and Time Supervising ResearchersReviewing Existing Evidence How to Look Where to Look How to Use the Internet for ResearchLearning Development Research Skills Where to Start? Some Ways of Learning Research Skills Supporting Southern ResearchersPART TWO: COLLECTING DATAChoosing Methods Choosing a Research Approach Choosing Research Techniques Triangulation: Using More Than One TechniqueCollecting and Managing Quality Data Introduction Three Characterisics of Good-quality Data Ways to Improve Quality in Data Collection Improving Communication with Respondents Collecting, Recording and Managing Data Ensuring 'Trustworthiness'Thinking about Ethics in Research Codes of Ethics Responsibilities Towards Respondents: Some Ethical Issues to Consider Wider Accountability Responsibilities to ColleaguesChoosing a Sample What Does Sampling Mean? Quantitative or Qualitative Sampling? Probability or Random Sampling Purposive or Non-Random Sampling How to Sample For Cases, Location, Time and Events Including 'Hard-To-Reach' People Incentives: What Are The Issues?Collecting Data How to Ask Questions Interviews Focus Groups Questionnaires Use of Documentary Sources and Secondary Data Analysis ObservationParticipatory Research Participation for...? Participation by...? Participation in...? Some Participatory Research Methods Practical Challenges in Participatory Research Critical Perspectives on Participatory ResearchPART THREE: ANALYSIS AND RESEARCH COMMUNICATIONUndertaking Research Analysis Getting Organized What is Analysis? Interpretation The Process of Data Analysis Participation in the Analysis Process Methods of Analysis Qualitative Analysis Quantitative Analysis So What Does It All Mean? Writing Effectively What to Write What Not to Write What Must Be Included How to Write: The Process Writing Press Releases, Policy Briefs or Journal ArticlesPromoting Research Uptake Building a Successful Communications Strategy Promotion for Implementation: Influencing Programmes Promotion for Policy Influence Some Tools for Communication Dealing with the Media Capacity BuildingAssessing Research for Development Work What, Who and When? Assessing Research Output Assessing Research Uptake Assessing Research Impact Appendix 1: On Monitoring and Evaluation Appendix 2: Useful Websites Glossary References