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.

Selecting and Accessing Data : Ensuring Rigour

Selecting and Accessing Data: Ensuring Rigour

In this chapter you will learn

  • Strategies for selecting and accessing data for your study: probability and non-probability sampling strategies
  • How to develop a study which is methodologically rigorous
  • A reflective exercise for reviewing progress on your study.


This chapter builds closely on the previous one, which addresses research design – the practical framework for your study. We now give you some more specific information about accessing data and making sure your study is rigorous, before moving on to how to gather your data in the next three chapters. Again, our focus is a practical one.

We describe the basic division in sampling types: between probability and non-probability strategies, showing how and when each approach may be ...

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