Research and Evaluation for Busy Practitioners

A Time-Saving Guide

Helen Kara

Research and Evaluation for Busy Practitioners
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Helen Kara

Distributed for Bristol University Press

219 pages | 6 3/4 x 9 1/2 | © 2012
Paper $38.95 ISBN: 9781447301158 Published January 2013 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $100.00 ISBN: 9781447301165 Published December 2012 For sale in North and South America only

More and more people working in the public sector have to do research as part of their regular job responsibilities. This can include workplace research such as evaluations, audits, or satisfaction surveys, or educational research for professional qualifications such as a master’s degree or PhD. Research and Evaluation for Busy Practitioners offers a much-needed guide that considers the work of research alongside life’s many other responsibilities, showing how to juggle it with work, family, and friends. Based on interviews with professionals in health, education, social care, criminal justice, and other fields, this book provides a wealth of practical information to help save time, effort, and stress.

A companion website for this book, including resources for students and teachers, can be found at:

List of figures, tables and boxes
About the author

1. Introduction
2. Overview of research
3. Research topics, proposals, and plans
4. Managing the research process
5. Background research
6. Secondary data
7. Primary data collection
8. Data analysis
9. Writing up
10. Dissemination
11. Conclusion

Appendix 1: Job titles of interviewees
Appendix 2: Sample record-keeping grid
Appendix 3: Exchanging information electronically
Review Quotes
Jude England, British Library
“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.”
N. Mactague | Choice
“This book is an easy-to-understand companion for neophyte through experienced researchers.”
Howard Journal of Criminal Justice
“The book, along with its clear and simple language, enables the reader to quickly understand what is being articulated. There are no boring parts in the book and all information is relevant to what the title implies, that is, ‘a time-saving guide’!”
Youth Field Xpress
“Offers an interesting discussion of balancing research with work, social life, and family.”
Community Care
“The book will be an excellent read for newcomers to the research world. But it is also a great resource for practitioners with previous research experience who may want to be refreshed on key ideas, issues and themes which accompany research.” 
Simon Haslam | SRA Research Matters
“The book’s content is capably brought to life by examples from research projects, mainly from the author’s own experience. . . . it gets a ‘thumbs up’ for its contribution in helping promote the quality of social research messages.” 
Hussain Nasreen, Birmingham City Council | Local Government Studies
“A good, accessible introduction to the subject.”
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