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.

Constructively and critically appraising research

This chapter discusses how to read research, how to take account of language and context and how to ascertain rigour and relevance. We will pay attention to how the context of the writing determines what is included and how it needs to be interpreted. This involves the researcher locating themselves as a critical reader and ascertaining the links made between purpose, analysis, findings and action. This critical interrogation will be accompanied by a review of commonly used ways of producing research reports, and this chapter will draw from relevant international examples to produce signposts and markers.

In this chapter we also look at evidence-based practice and the ways in which this broad concept has been put forward as the panacea ...

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