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Methods in social research

Methods in social research
Social Research Methods and Program Evaluation Resources Basic guides These have very plain and clear descriptions of what evaluation is. Useful to introduce people to evaluation. Organizations Methods - books, manuals, guides to research methods and evaluation Approaches to evaluation , evaluator competencies, politics of evaluation and logic models. Survey methods Sites specifically about sampling Methods - Qualitative Policy Analysis Research about research methods Journals, individual papers, conferences, etc. General methods, and links that don't fit elsewhere Links to links Sites like this one, that link to resources for evaluation and research methods. Gao books on survey design, statistics, content analysis, other methods topics. Statistics, design Data Issues. Free software for statistics, and a few office suite packages Presenting results, statistical data and preparing research reports subject areas you need to know social psychology, organizations, other Featured sites

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Qualitative research In the conventional view, qualitative methods produce information only on the particular cases studied, and any more general conclusions are only propositions (informed assertions). Quantitative methods can then be used to seek empirical support for such research hypotheses. History[edit] Data collection[edit] Qualitative researchers face many choices related to data collection ranging from grounded theory practice, narratology, storytelling, classical ethnography, or shadowing. Qualitative methods are also loosely present in other methodological approaches, such as action research or actor-network theory.

Minnesota Evaluation Studies Institute (MESI) The Minnesota Evaluation Studies Institute (MESI) is an interdisciplinary training institute for evaluation studies at the University of Minnesota. We provide high-quality theoretical, technical, and practical training to professional evaluators and we are committed to supporting evaluation that values stakeholder participation and collaboration. MESI is part of the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD) in the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD). We are unique in bringing together faculty expertise from the college, the School of Public Health, the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, and Minnesota Extension. We have exciting news to report about MESI’s continuing development: Evaluation Studies Leadership

About MESI » Minnesota Evaluation Studies Institute The Minnesota Evaluation Studies Institute (MESI) is an interdisciplinary training institute for evaluation studies at the University of Minnesota. MESI’s academic home is in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development ( in the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD). The institute brings together faculty expertise from CEHD, the School of Public Health, the Humphrey School for Public Affairs, the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA), and Minnesota Extension. Goals of the Minnesota Evaluation Studies Institute It's (Beyond) Time to Drop the Terms Causal-Comparative and Correlational Research It's (Beyond) Time to Drop the Terms Causal-Comparative and Correlational Research in Education Burke Johnson University of South Alabama Instructional Design & Development Program Abstract Presentations of causal-comparative and correlational research methods in educational research textbooks are critiqued. The first major contention in this paper is that, ceteris paribus, causal-comparative research is neither better nor worse than correlational research in establishing evidence of causality.

[img]images/logos/green-grunge-thumbs-up.png[/img] Social Leadership Awards The online application form will ask you to answer the following questions. NB once your submission is sent online, you will not be able to return to amend it What is your vision and what are your main objectives to fulfil this vision? 150 words max.Based on the work you have accomplished so far, what social impact goals have you set and how have you performed so far? 150 words max.How do you measure this social impact? Frameworks and Tools for Translating Research PowerPoint presentation PowerShow.com is a leading presentation/slideshow sharing website. Whether your application is business, how-to, education, medicine, school, church, sales, marketing, online training or just for fun, PowerShow.com is a great resource. And, best of all, most of its cool features are free and easy to use.

Evaluation Toolkit At NSTTAC, we are committed to data-based decision making and we view evaluation as a tool for improving our work. For some, the idea of evaluation and data analysis can be an overwhelming task-we created theNSTTAC Evaluation Toolkit with that in mind! We want to assist transitioneducators and service providers to improve their programs and services by determining what is working, what is not working, and what needs changing or replicating.

Core Concepts § Q: Foundations of Qualitative Research in Education Core Concepts in Qualitative Research In this section, we discuss a number of issues, areas of contention, and concepts that are important to the constantly evolving field of qualitative research. Subjectivity offers a starting point for understanding how a researcher's perspectives, biographies, assumptions, and commitments shape the research process. Paradigms engages with question like what is knowledge, and, as researchers, how do we know what we know? Emic & Etic outlines two general, contrasting approaches to qualitative research. Computer Assisted Analysis frames some of the discussion around new qualitative data analysis software.

Can vegans stomach the unpalatable truth about quinoa? A Bolivian woman harvesting quinoa negro. 'Well-intentioned health and ethics-led consumers here [are] unwittingly driving poverty there.' Photograph: George Steinmetz/Corbis Reference & User Services Association (RUSA) This section is geared toward researchers evaluating entire projects. The highly regarded sites that are included focus on libraries, educational settings, or non-profit projects. This collection of sites will help the new project manager or evaluator with the ‘big picture,’ providing good instruction on project assessment as well as specific tools and techniques.

Basic Guide to Program Evaluation (Including Many Additional Resources) © Copyright Carter McNamara, MBA, PhD, Authenticity Consulting, LLC. Adapted from the Field Guide to Nonprofit Program Design, Marketing and Evaluation. This document provides guidance toward planning and implementing an evaluation process for for-profit or nonprofit programs -- there are many kinds of evaluations that can be applied to programs, for example, goals-based, process-based and outcomes-based. Nonprofit organizations are increasingly interested in outcomes-based evaluation. If you are interested in learning more about outcomes-based evaluation, then see the sections Outcomes-Evaluation and Outcomes-Based Evaluations in Nonprofit Organizations. Sections of This Topic Include

Designing: Foundations of Qualitative Research Designing & Proposing Qualitative Research We start our sections on conducting qualitative research with designing and proposing. These intertwined processes serve as spaces for you as a researcher, along with your colleagues and committees, to plan thoughtfully while considering the major challenges and issues that come along with conducting qualitative research. Some amount of designing must take place before any data is collected – at the very least a researcher should know where they are researching and some general areas of interest.

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