Planning and Conducting Agency-Based Research

ISBN-10: 0205386873

ISBN-13: 9780205386871

Edition: 3rd 2005 (Revised)

Authors: Alex J. Westerfelt, Tracy J. Dietz

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This unique workbook provides students and instructors with step-by-step procedures for use completing an agency-based research study. Written in clear language with concrete instructions, the third edition of Planning and Conduction Agency-Based Research includes a fully annotated sample literature review and spaces for student responses. Highlights of the Third Edition: Step-by-step workbook format with perforated pages takes students through the process of conducting an agency-based research project, while allowing students to write in book or hand in as assignments. Provides students with many practical examples, including a list of suggested projects, a fully annotated literature review, examples of how to use existing literature, and sample consent forms. Expanded section on data analysis provides more material on statistical tests and more examples of ways to organize and present data. Expanded section on outcomes evaluation includes material on the use of logic models to help students develop program outcomes and their measures. Reviewer comments: ";This is a book worth adopting because it is hands-on, user friendly, practical, and downright helpful to beginning researchers. It is very concrete and the examples used were very helpful."; Jacquelyn Monroe, The Ohio State University ";The workbook is straightforward and breaks the process into manageable steps that should alleviate much of students' anxiety, which, in my experience, is the biggest barrier to students engaging in research."; Wanda M. Spaid, Brigham Young University "; Planning and Conducting Agency-Based Research tends to demystify the process by adroitly using examples and by breaking down the research process into manageable and easily understood components. In short, it is an excellent basic step-by-step approach to research."; Howard Karger, University of Houston Don't Miss This Special Value Pack Option: Research Navigatortrade; Research Navigatortrade; can be a student's best friend when they're facing a large research project. Especially helpful with the toughest challenge-getting started-Research Navigatortrade; offers a comprehensive, step-by-step walk-through of the research process, along with access to some of the most respected source databases available. Access to Research Navigatortrade;-a $15 value-is FREE when packaged with a new Allyn & Bacon Social Work textbook! If this text did not come packaged with Research Navigatortrade;, look for it in your bookstore or visit today to purchase immediate access. Contact your local Allyn & Bacon representative and request special packaging codes to take advantage of this great offer.
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List price: $65.60
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/19/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 8.00" wide x 10.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Agency-Based Research
New in this Edition
Layout of the Workbook
How to Use This Workbook
Special Note to Students
Special Note to Course Instructors
Special Note to Field Instructors
Special Note to Agency Staff
A Final Note
Orientation to Agency Research
If the Agency Has a Research Program
If the Agency Does Not Have a Research Program
Staff Views and Usage of Research
Agency Resources for Your Research
Timeframe for Your Research Project
Protection of Research Participants (Preliminary)
The University IRB
The Agency IRB
Prepare a Time Line for Your Human Subjects' Review Application
The Research Question
What Would You Like to Know?
What Would the Agency Like to Know?
What Would the Clients Like to Know?
What Is Your Research Question?
List of Student Research Questions and Design Type
Browse the Literature
Related to Your Topic
Refine Your Research Question
Finalize Your Research Question
The Literature Review
Conduct a Literature Search
Evaluate and Critique the Literature
Write the Introduction Section
Write the Literature Review Section
Annotated Example of a Literature Review
Choosing Your Methodology and Developing a Time Line
Determine the Purpose of Your Study
Develop Your Proposed Time Line
Submit Proposed Study to Your Course Instructor
Study Timeline Template
Survey Research
Translate Concepts and Variables into Measures
Construct Your Research Questionnaire
Plan How to Administer Your Questionnaire
Pilot Your Research Instrument and Plan for Data Collection
Write the METHODS Section
Data Collection
Qualitative Research
Develop the Interview Agenda (Your Research Instrument)
Plan How to Conduct Interviews
Pilot Your Interview Agenda and Plan for Data Collection
Write the METHODS Section
Data Collection
Single-Subject Design Research
Translate Concepts into Variables
Translate Variables into Measures
Identify the Specific Single-Subject Design
Write the METHODS Section
Data Collection
Outcomes Evaluation
Developing the Rationale for the Intervention: A Logic Model
Developing Program Outcomes and their Measures
Choosing a Design
Threats to Internal Validity
Selecting a Sample and Assigning Groups
Writing the Methods Section
Data Collection
Example of a Logic Model
Sample Design
For Probability Samples
For Nonprobability Samples
Write the SAMPLE Section
Protection of Research Participants
Construct a Consent Form
Outline Procedures for Obtaining Informed Consent
Confidentiality Safeguards
Request Agency Approval
Request IRB Approval
Sample Consent Forms
Data Analysis for Surveys and Outcomes Evaluation
Presentation of Descriptive Information
Statistical Tests for Descriptive Data
Presentation of Group Comparis
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