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Designing and Managing Your Research Project

Designing and Managing Your Research Project
Core Skills for Social and Health Research

Other Titles in:
Research Design

September 2010 | 264 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Emerging researchers need a range of specific skills to plan and successfully complete their research projects. While there are multiple books available on methods, there is much less information on the key skills needed to complete a project.

Designing and Managing Your Research Project provides information about the key areas needed for a successful project. It includes software skills, developing research objectives, writing proposals, literature reviews, getting ethics approval, seeking funding, managing a project, communicating research findings, and writing reports. There is also a chapter on working as an independent researcher.

Designing and Managing Your Research Project includes numerous examples, checklists, and practical exercises designed to assist the learning of research skills and the completion of crucial project tasks. It covers procedures needed for conducting projects electronically and accessing information from the Internet.

This book is designed to complement texts covering quantitative and qualitative research methods in health and social sciences. It will be particularly useful to advanced undergraduate and graduate students planning theses and dissertations and other researchers in the early stages of their career.

Designing and Managing Research Projects: An Overview
Designing a New Research Project: Issues to Think about
Developing Research Aims and Objectives
Preparing and Writing a Research Proposal
Getting Funding for Research
Research Ethics and Ethics Reviews
Doing a Literature Review
Managing a Research Project
Software for Research
Working with Colleagues and Supervisors
Communicating Research Findings
Writing for Research: Some Guiding Principles
Writing a Research Report: Organization and Presentation
Careers in Research

Designing and Managing Your Research Project is rich in content, full of practical information with a simple, easy-to-follow layout [...]the book will be ideal for academic and non-academic researchers, teachers and consultants, among others. The authors’ consultative-coaching-advisory and empathy-towards-researchers approaches in discussing the core knowledge in research project management are indeed commendable. Most researchers whilst reflecting on the content will find the book rigorous, relevant, simple and practical
Ronald R. Kumar
The Qualitative Report

David Thomas and Ian Hodges have created a practical straightforward introductory text explaining the knowledge and skills essential for completing a research project...This book will be useful for the more experienced researcher, as well as the novice
Graham Sloan
Nursing Standard

Would like an updated edition due to digital innovations for analysis

Mrs Sarah Johnson
School of Health, University of Central Lancashire
July 22, 2022

A really good book for all undertaking a research project.

Mr Richard Tomkins
Public Services , Filton College
June 4, 2015

Use with undergraduate students (3rd and 4th year) in their preparation and execution of their research projects. The find the 'project approach' helpful and refreshing.

Dr Beverly Pasian
Faculty of Economics and Management, Hogeschool Utrecht
December 28, 2014

This is an excellent resource for PhD students undertaking research in education and social sciences. I am recommending to students as it offers sound advice and support regarding all stages of the research project.

Dr David Preece
School of Education, Northampton University
September 27, 2014

I have listed this as essential reading for the dissertation students

Mrs Denise Gibson
Higher Education, Easton and Otley College
July 4, 2014

This is a very helpful book for anyone embarking on their research career. It is well written and draws on a lot of examples, making the research process not so daunting.

Dr Bridget Ng'andu
Social Work, Ruskin College Oxford
February 11, 2013

Text adopted for all departmental capstone courses offered twice a year.
Excellent overall outline for research proposals

Dr John Moritsugu
Psychology Dept, Pacific Lutheran University
September 12, 2012

Needed for design Very good

Mr Philip Ashwell
expert centre, university of portsmouth
February 22, 2012

A great source to support students through every stage of the research process

Ms Lesley Andrews
Health , Universit of Stiling
December 8, 2011

David R Thomas

Ian D Hodges

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SAGE Research Methods is a research methods tool created to help researchers, faculty and students with their research projects. SAGE Research Methods links over 175,000 pages of SAGE’s renowned book, journal and reference content with truly advanced search and discovery tools. Researchers can explore methods concepts to help them design research projects, understand particular methods or identify a new method, conduct their research, and write up their findings. Since SAGE Research Methods focuses on methodology rather than disciplines, it can be used across the social sciences, health sciences, and more.