Managing Applied Social Research gives applied social researchers a powerful framework for using project management concepts and tools to optimize the effectiveness and delivery of their applied social science research studies.
Applied social researchers don't have the luxury of working in controlled labs, and often their research environments are messy, chaotic, and political, which makes even well–designed studies using high–quality data collection and analysis techniques inadequate for timely, focused results within budget. Brought together under the common goal to create a practical toolkit for managing people and resources at scale, the uniquely qualified author team offers a turnkey process for running any social research study with the most up–to–date thinking and techniques in project management.
Conveniently focused sections on planning, executing, and closing out a study present informative chapters offering:
- Clear introductions and definitions to key concepts and systems
- Authoritative advice on practical implementation, including reliable estimates of the required time and resources
- Real–world examples, case studies, and vignettes illustrating how the framework is being used in the field
- Ready–to–use checklists, templates, samples, and other tools to streamline your mastery of this dependable methodology
Anticipate and prevent the problems threatening the success of your study with Managing Applied Social Research.
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About the Authors
Section I: Overview
Chapter 1: Why Manage Applied Social Research Studies?
Chapter 2: A Bird s–Eye View of Project Management
Section II: Planning the Study: Deciding How to Conduct the Research Study
Chapter 3: Plan the Scope of the Research Study
Chapter 4: Plan the Data Collection and the Data Analysis
Chapter 5: Plan the Study s Work and the Research Schedule
Chapter 6: Plan the People
Chapter 7: Plan the Budget
Chapter 8: Plan How to Deal With the Risks
Section III: Executing the Study: Delivering the Goods
Chapter 9: Manage and Direct the Work
Chapter 10: Sustain the Team
Chapter 11: Consider the Worldviews
Chapter 12: Draft the Final Report
Section IV: Closing Out the Study: Bringing It Home
Chapter 13: Complete the Activities That End the Study
Chapter 14: Close Out the Study
Postscript: Renewing the Case for Research Management
Book References and Resources
Appendix A: List of Research Design and Management Tasks
Appendix B: Data–Sharing Agreement Example
DARLENE F. RUSS–EFT, PHD, is Professor and Discipline Liaison of Adult Education and Higher Education in the College of Education at Oregon State University.
CATHERINE M. SLEEZER, PHD, works with Employee Training and Performance Improvement Specialists to consult on human resources.
GREGORY SAMPSON, PHD, is an educational researcher with a wide variety of professional experiences. He has worked on the design and execution of numerous high–stakes grants and contracts, as well as taught at several universities.
LAURA LEVITON, PHD, is Senior Advisor for Evaluation at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in Princeton, New Jersey.