Managing Applied Social ResearchTools, Strategies, and Insights
Research Methods for the Social Sciences 1. Aufl.
Essential management guidance for real-world applied research projects Managing Applied Social Research equips you with the skills, strategies, and knowledge you need to effectively manage research projects. Written by a team of nationally-known researchers, this book covers the systematic management of applied social research studies from 'soup to nuts,' providing researchers with an easy-to-follow process and the tools and templates for improving the quality, ethical conduct, and usefulness of the final products. The authors merge expertise adapted from the field of project management with their decades of experience in using established research methodologies and practices to offer readers; practical examples and insights gleaned from major research houses such as Rand, Urban Institute, Mathematica, American Institutes for Research, and others. Key concepts and methodologies are systematically unpacked, with detailed discussion of both theoretical bases and practical applications in the field. Written in plain English, the case studies and vignettes illustrate typical approaches to different scenarios, and the checklists, templates, and other tools provide guides for action. Starting from basic social research strategies, you'll build an understanding of applied research issues and how projects are best managed in a messy, imperfect world. From conceptualization and proposal through implementation, analysis, and reporting, this book helps you lead your projects to success. Learn the skills and concepts necessary to effectively manage applied research projects for the social science disciplines Anticipate and prepare for common challenges and obstacles Understand the various roles and their requisite tasks and responsibilities Learn strategies for making effective decisions about a study's scope, work, schedule, people, budget, and risks during each phase of the research study Social science research is an essential well of information upon which society is run. Proper management is the key to any research project's success, and success becomes more critical in the field given the potential ramifications in terms of policy and its effects on real, everyday people. Managing Applied Social Research provides sound guidance and expert insight with an essential real-world focus.
List of Tables and Figures About the Authors Foreword Preface Acknowledgments Introduction Section I: Overview Chapter 1: Why Manage Applied Social Research Studies? Chapter 2: A Bird’s-Eye View of Project Management Section II: Planning the Study: “Deciding How to Conduct the Research Study” Chapter 3: Plan the Scope of the Research Study Chapter 4: Plan the Data Collection and the Data Analysis Chapter 5: Plan the Study’s Work and the Research Schedule Chapter 6: Plan the People Chapter 7: Plan the Budget Chapter 8: Plan How to Deal With the Risks Section III: Executing the Study: “Delivering the Goods” Chapter 9: Manage and Direct the Work Chapter 10: Sustain the Team Chapter 11: Consider the Worldviews Chapter 12: Draft the Final Report Section IV: Closing Out the Study: “Bringing It Home” Chapter 13: Complete the Activities That End the Study Chapter 14: Close Out the Study Postscript: Renewing the Case for Research Management Book References and Resources Appendix A: List of Research Design and Management Tasks Appendix B: Data-Sharing Agreement Example Index
DARLENE F. RUSS-EFT, PHD, is Professor and Discipline Liaison of Adult Education and Higher Education in the College of Education at Oregon State University. CATHERINE M. SLEEZER, PHD, works with Employee Training and Performance Improvement Specialists to consult on human resources. GREGORY SAMPSON, PHD, is an educational researcher with a wide variety of professional experiences. He has worked on the design and execution of numerous high-stakes grants and contracts, as well as taught at several universities. LAURA LEVITON, PHD, is Senior Advisor for Evaluation at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in Princeton, New Jersey.
THE ROAD MAP TO OPTIMIZING YOUR APPLIED RESEARCH PROJECTS WITH A PROJECT MANAGEMENT SKILLSET Managing Applied Social Research gives applied social researchers a powerful framework for using project management concepts and tools to optimize the effectiveness and delivery of their applied social science research studies. Applied social researchers don't have the luxury of working in controlled labs, and often their research environments are messy, chaotic, and political, which makes even well-designed studies using high-quality data collection and analysis techniques inadequate for timely, focused results within budget. Brought together under the common goal to create a practical toolkit for managing people and resources at scale, the uniquely qualified author team offers a turnkey process for running any social research study with the most up-to-date thinking and techniques in project management. Conveniently focused sections on planning, executing, and closing out a study present informative chapters offering: Clear introductions and definitions to key concepts and systems Authoritative advice on practical implementation, including reliable estimates of the required time and resources Real-world examples, case studies, and vignettes illustrating how the framework is being used in the field Ready-to-use checklists, templates, samples, and other tools to streamline your mastery of this dependable methodology Anticipate and prevent the problems threatening the success of your study with Managing Applied Social Research. Did You Know? This book is available as a Wiley E-Text. The Wiley E-Text is a complete digital version of the text that makes time spent studying more efficient. Course materials can be accessed on a desktop, laptop, or mobile device—so that learning can take place anytime, anywhere. A more affordable alternative to traditional print, the Wiley E-Text creates a flexible user experience: Access on-the-go Highlight and take notes Search across content Save money! The Wiley E-Text can be purchased in the following ways: Check with your bookstore for available e-textbook options Directly from: www.wiley.com
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