Research doesn't exist in a bubble but co-exists with a multitude of other tasks and commitments, yet there is more need for people to save time than ever before. Brilliantly attuned to the demands placed on researchers, this book considers how students, academics and professionals alike can save time and stress without compromising the quality of their research or its outcomes.
This fully revised second edition is based on interviews with those doing real-world research as well as the author's extensive experience. It provides a wealth of updated practical information, including research using social media and examples with worldwide relevance, as well as tips to save you time, effort and stress. It also includes a new chapter on methodologies, covering a range of approaches including action research, arts-based methods and digitally mediated research. Each chapter concludes with annotated further readings giving clear signposting to more specialist advice and the volume is accompanied by a fully revised and updated companion website. This supportive book is therefore for any student or practitioner who wants to know how to do research on top of their main job and still have a life.
Dr Helen Kara has been an independent social researcher and author since 1999. Her background is in social care and the third sector, and she works with third sector organisations and social care and health partnerships. While working full-time, she obtained both her MSc in Social Research Methods and her PhD. Helen is a Visiting Fellow at the UK's National Centre for Research Methods, and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. She is the author of Creative research methods in the social sciences: A practical guide (Policy Press, 2015). She also teaches research methods to practitioners and students, and loves to demystify the processes of writing and research.
Foreword: Patrick Sturgis, Director, ESRC National Centre for Research Methods
Overview of research;
Methodologies, approaches, and theories;
Research topics, proposals and plans;
Managing your research or evaluation project;
Primary data collection;
Writing for research and evaluation;
Disseminating Research and Evaluation.
"As a postgraduate student fitting study around full time employment and a family, I can honestly say that this book is a godsend. It offers practical advice and useful suggestions that can be implemented for both work and study purposes." Gemma Noon, Academic Chair, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology.
"Helen Kara’s thoughtful book is based on extensive practical experience, in diverse settings. She guides a researcher through all the stages of a project, dispelling fear and confusion." Woody Caan, Editor, Journal of Public Mental Health
"Workplace-based researchers will find this book invaluable. Demystifying the research process, Helen Kara provides a guide for the busy practitioner chock full of wise and pragmatic advice, useful tips and exercises." Kylie Budge, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences