How do you turn a really good idea into a really good question, and how do you turn this into successful research? Barbara Fawcett and Rosalie Pockett use their expertise as supervisors and researchers to provide you with the frameworks and the theoretical and practical guidance you need to design, carry out and communicate your research effectively. Using a range of examples that relate research to the real world, they demonstrate: • how to develop research questions • how to select appropriate theoretical frameworks • how to integrate theoretical perspectives with empirical research • how to gather and interpret data • how to ensure that the research undertaken makes a difference. The authors’ user-friendly approach emphasizes the importance of participation, collaboration and inclusivity, and examines worldviews and understandings of knowledge in order to enable greater critical reflection. Chapters provide guidance on achieving impact with your research, and feature reflective questions to enhance your engagement with the issues covered. This text is the ideal companion as you set about transforming your ideas into robust research.
While similar methodologies are used for evaluative researching as for other forms of research, ‘evaluation’ is often seen to lack the status of other forms of research. This chapter will review definitions of evaluation and the various ways in which evaluative research can be carried out. The chapter promotes evaluation as a key method of research, and its place as a legitimate research approach is discussed. Inclusive and emancipatory approaches will be considered in designing research and in the interpretation of findings.
Researchers and potential researchers usually begin with abstract ideas or phenomena that they are interested in knowing more about. These ideas or concepts are operationalized in particular ways depending on the research tradition involved. In the case of quantitative studies, dependent ...