From understanding the concepts of research and gathering data, to writing it all up and sharing knowledge, this book will guide your students to become researchers by giving them:  • a confident start with clarity on core concepts and getting it right ethically  • step-by-step guidance at each point in the research process, showing them diversity in approaches, the impact of context and how to overcome problems  • case studies of how real researchers embrace the challenges, surprises and successes of research  • an emphasis on the person in context, so their research is reflective of the realities of social work and social care practice  • a guide to writing it up and achieving impact and positive change with research.

Research Design : Shaping Your Study

Research Design: Shaping Your Study

In this chapter you will learn

  • How to design a research project
  • The key features of the main research designs: exploratory, descriptive and explanatory
  • The differences between research designs
  • How research design shapes the next steps in your research.


In this chapter, research design is presented as the structure that will help you to build your study, so you can respond effectively to the problem with which you are confronted. As we talked about in Chapter 1, research in social work and social care covers a wide spectrum, including: assessing needs/need for services; obtaining feedback from service users; using research to develop and evaluate programmes/services; engaging practitioners in reflection in and on practice and making practice change; as well ...

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