Have you ever wanted to know an effective and ethical way to:
Design a study?
And improve the quality and output of your research?
The Research Companion focuses on the practical skills needed to complete research in the social or health sciences and development. It covers the behind-the-scenes essentials you need to run an effective and ethical piece of research and offers clear, honest advice to help avoid typical problems and improve standards and outcomes. It addresses each stage of the research process from thinking of a research idea, through to managing, monitoring, completing and reporting your project, and working effectively and safely with participants and colleagues.
As well as covering theoretical issues in research, the book is full of links to other resources and contains practical tips and stories from researchers at all levels. This new edition is fully updated to reflect shifts in funding structures, open access, and online developments and has a link to a blog and friendly online community for readers to connect with diverse researchers all sharing experiences and offering practical advice.
The Research Companion brings hard-earned lessons from the real world to offer invaluable guidance to all students of the social and health sciences, from those just beginning their first research project, to experienced researchers and practitioners. It will be instrumental in raising readers' competence levels and making their research more accurate, ethical, and productive.
Petra M. Boynton is a Social Psychologist, specialising in International Health Research from a critical perspective. Over the past 20 years she has taught, supervised, and undertaken research across the social and health sciences and development within university and community settings. Her research focuses on sexual health; media; and the impact of pregnancy, pregnancy loss, and parenthood on relationships. She applies her work through a weekly advice column for The Telegraph.
Acknowledgements 1. First Steps 2. Planning research 3. Starting out 4. Completing research 5. Participants 6. Researcher safety and well-being 7. Once a study's underway 8. End results and reporting findings 9. Endnote. References. Author index. Subject index.