Research Skills for Policy and Development: How to Find Out Fast (Published in Association with The Open University)
By: Alan Thomas (editor), Giles Mohan (editor)Hardback
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This book is a critical guide to conducting investigations under time- and resource-pressured conditions, equipping readers with the key skills and approaches for research designed to influence or inform development policies. Unlike a simple 'how to' guide, Research Skills for Policy and Development also provides a critique of various methods and situates these approaches within 'real life' organisational settings, enabling those working in or studying development to locate, evaluate and use relevant information quickly but rigorously.
The successor to Finding Out Fast (SAGE, 1998) it reflects the changes in development management theories and practice over the last seven years, and includes new material and advice on critical use of the web as a resource and research tool. It is essential reading for development managers in NGOs and public sector agencies as well as students of development management and development studies more generally.
PART ONE: CONCEPTUALIZING POLICY-RELATED INVESTIGATIONInformation Needs and Policy Change - Stephen Potter and Ramaya SubrahmanianBoundaries for Thinking in Action - Chris Blackmore and Ray IsonGrabbing Attention - Joseph HanlonCommunicating Results - Joanna Chataway, Avril Joffe and Jill MordauntPART TWO: THINKING WITH DOCUMENTSInterrogating Information Through a Literature Study - Stephanie BarrientosInterpreting Institutional Discourses - Bridget O'LaughlinPART THREE: THINKING WITH PEOPLEPeople as Informants - Philip WoodhouseInvestigation as Empowerment - Hazel Johnson and Linda Mayoux Using Participatory MethodsDoing Incorrect Research - Dina Abbott The Importance of the Subjective and the Personal in Researching PovertyPART FOUR: BRINGING IN DATAThinking with Quantitative Data - Chandan Mukherjee and Marc WuytsUsing Evidence in Advocacy - Sue MayerOrganizational Assessments and Institutional Footprints - Alan ThomasChallenging cases - Alan ThomasConclusion - Alan Thomas and Joanna Chataway
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