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What is research and what is the best approach to research for development? What are the different ways in which research is used in development work? This handbook answers these questions with tremendous ease and, in the process, helps to do away with the myth that research is only meant for researchers and not for practitioners and implementers of schemes and projects. It is a comprehensive introduction for undertaking and managing research in development.
The manual has been divided into two parts?Part I provides the conceptual framework, while Part II focuses more on the practical steps of conducting research for development work. It also contains details of various websites, which will assist the reader to be in touch with the latest developments in the field of development research. The presence of activity tables, key-points and checklists make the book very reader-friendly, and will enable development workers to design, implement, monitor and evaluate programmes in a more efficient manner.
Table of Contents
I. MANAGING RESEARCH FOR DEVELOPMENT: HOW TO USE THIS BOOK: Introduction ? Why Use Research in Development Work?
How is Research Used in Development Work?
Quality in Research
Planning for Effective Research ? Preparing to Write the Brief
Planning for Effective Research ? What Should Go into the Brief?
Who Should do the Research?
Learning How to do Research for Development Work
Managing for Impact ? Promoting Research Findings
Evaluating Research for Development Work
II. DOING RESEARCH FOR DEVELOPMENT: What is Already Known? Making the Most of Existing Information
Communication with Respondents?The Key to Good Research
How to Ensure Quality in Data-Gathering
Seven Key Research Techniques
Some Packages of Methods for Research for Development Work
Talking to the Right People?Choosing a Sample
How to Write an Effective Research Report
Appendix 1: Useful Websites