Table of Contents

  1. Unit 1: Introduction to Research
    1. 2. Research is a sign of intelligence
    2. 3. We research everyday
    3. 4. What do we research?
    4. 5. What does research tell us?
    5. 6. Knowledge, Interpretation and dissemination
    6. 7. When we conduct research, it should be...
    7. 8. Research Theory
    8. 9. Conclusion
    9. 10. Working Practice Exercise
    10. Appendix - Research Theory
  2. Unit 2 Research and the Voluntary and Community Sector
    1. 2. Some uses for research in the voluntary and community sector
    2. 3. Research and the VCS
    3. 4. Research and its Influence of Third Sector Policy
    4. 5. The ESRC
    5. 6. ESRC Third Sector Engagement Strategy
    6. 7. Research and the VCS
    7. 8. NCVO Research
    8. 9. What can research do for you?
  3. Unit 3 Primary and Secondary Sources
    1. 2. Primary Research
    2. 3. Primary Research
    3. 4. Secondary Research
    4. 5. Official Statistics
    5. 6. Historical sources
    6. 7. Mass media and content analysis
    7. 8. Evaluating Secondary Sources
    8. 9. Triangulation
    9. 10. Uses of multi-strategy research
    10. 11. Careful consideration
  4. Unit 4 Research Design
    1. 2. The research process
    2. 3. Some links
    3. 4. Planning Research: Issues to Consider
    4. 5. Key Considerations
    5. 6. Hypothesis
    6. 7. How are hypotheses tested?
    7. 8. Experimental Design
    8. 9. Qualitative Research Design
    9. 10. Key Areas of the Research Proposal
    10. 11. Review of secondary research
  5. Unit 5 Quantitative Research
    1. 2. Theory and quantitative methodology
    2. 3. Importance of Quantitative Research
    3. 4. Quantitative Analysis
    4. 5. Quantitative Observation
    5. 6. Questionnaires
    6. 7. Developing a Questionnaire
    7. 8. Questionnaire Questions
    8. 9. The advantages and disadvantages of questionnaires
  6. Unit 6 Qualitative Research
    1. 2. The Nature of Qualitative Research
    2. 3. Methods of collecting qualitative data
    3. 4. Interviews
    4. 5. Focus groups
    5. 6. Observation
    6. 7. Self Study
    7. 8. Ethnography
    8. 9. Action Research
    9. 10. Other forms of qualitative research includes:
    10. 11. E-tivity- Qualitative versus Quantitative Research
  7. Unit 7 Ethics and Data Protection
    1. 2. An ethical approach
    2. 3. Principle's of Ethics
    3. 4. Ethics and the VCS
    4. 5. ESRC Research Ethics Framework
    5. 6. Self Study Exercise
    6. 7. Safety of the Researcher
    7. 8. Further reading
    8. 9. Ethics in research
  8. Unit 8 Presenting and Using Research Findings
    1. 2. Handling qualitative research data
    2. 3. The ten steps of content analysis
    3. 4. Analysing Qualitative Research Data
    4. 5. Analysing Quantitative data
    5. 6. Presenting Qualitative Research
    6. 7. Computerised data analysis
    7. 8. Overview of reporting research findings
    8. 9. Consider your audience
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