Defining the Characteristics of Basic, Applied, and Evaluation Research

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In: Handbook of Research Design & Social Measurement

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By: Delbert C. Miller & Neil J. Salkind Published: 2002 | 6th Edition
Methods: Evaluation
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Defining the Characteristics of Basic, Applied, and Evaluation Research

Researchers interested in behavioral or organizational problems can focus their inquiries in three different directions. These are generally called basic, applied, and evaluation research, although each can be found under other names depending on the context within which they are used. For example, basic research is often called pure or experimental research, and applied research often appears under the terminology of policy research and action research. Finally, evaluation research sometimes is referred to as assessment or appraisal research, and even as ...

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