More and more people working in public services have to do research on top of their main jobs. This can include workplace research, such as evaluation, audit, training needs analysis or satisfaction surveys, or research for a professional development qualification such as diploma, master's degree or PhD. Unlike most how-to books that treat research as if it exists in isolation, this book will show you how to juggle research, work, family, and social life. Based on interviews with practitioners from health, education, social care, criminal justice, government and the third sector, as well as the author's extensive experience, it provides a wealth of practical information and tips to save you time, effort and stress. This book is for anyone in the public or third sector, an independent research organisation or academia, who wants to know how to do research on top of their main job and still have a life. The book is supported by a companion website, containing additional materials for both students and lecturers, which is available from the link above.
Helen Kara has been an independent researcher in social care and health since 1999, working with statutory and third sector organisations and partnerships. She is also a Visiting Fellow at the UK National Centre for Research Methods, University of Southampton, and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.
Introduction; Overview of research; Research topics, proposals and plans; Managing the research process; Background research; Secondary data; Primary data collection; Data analysis; Writing up; Dissemination; Conclusion; Glossary; Resources
"offers an interesting discussion of balancing research with work, social life and family" Youth Field Xpress, Australian Clearing for Youth Studies
"Beautifully written...clear, totally realistic easy to follow guide...strongly recommend practitioners to purchase, rather than borrowing...discusses every part of the research journey and can be helpful at any stage", Fouzia reviewed on Amazon
“I would especially recommend this book for anyone thinking about whether or not research is ‘for them’. It demystifies the process, making it seem less intimidating whilst at the same time being clear about the level of personal commitment involved ... Those who do not read this book could risk wasting a lot of time by doing unnecessary or counterproductive things.” Dr David Pitcher, Family Court Adviser and member of Cafcass
"the books content is capably brought to life by examples from research projects, mainly from the authors own experience....it gets a 'thumbs up' for its contribution in helping promote the quality social research message" Dr Simon Haslam, Director, FMR Research Ltd
"An absolute must for any researcher. Crammed full of useful tips, advice and insights." S.Murray Amazon.co.uk review
“The target audience may be practitioners in the public and voluntary sectors, professional researchers and academics, but other individuals and students involved in research would also benefit from this well-written and perceptive book.” The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice
"As a book on the general process of conducting research, particularly in the public sector, I cannot recommend this book too highly." Cole Davis, freelance researcher
"an easy-to-understand companion for neophyte through experienced researchers....recommended".
"Helen Kara has put together an easy to read, useful and, most importantly, realistic book on research for practitioners. I enjoyed her 'warts and all' approach, demystifying the research process without over-simplifying or ignoring the more challenging elements of the process. Practitioners who need to research will find it a really helpful and accessible 'how to' manual." Jude England, British Library.
"Packed with good advice, this book has practically everything busy practitioners need to know to get started in research." Nursing Standard