This book is a practical beginner's guide to both conducting and using research within the context of social work practice. A clear and accessible introduction to applied research methods for social work students and practitioners, this text covers the key themes, debates and approaches, including:

  • The ethics of social work research
  • Conducting interviews and questionnaires
  • Focus groups
  • Observation and narrative
  • The involvement of service users
  • Analyzing data

With practical exercises and reflective questions, this is an essential text for undergraduate and graduate qualifying social work students.

Developing a Research Proposal and Writing a Research Report

Developing a research proposal and writing a research report


This chapter will explore the process of both planning a research project and writing a research report. These initial and final stages of the research process are then brought together to demonstrate the correlation between these two activities. Planning a research project is broken down into eight stages that can lead to a robust and systematic research proposal. Figure 9.1 takes us through the different stages of a research process. Consideration of these stages will show how it is possible to advance from an initial research idea through to gaining a greater understanding of the topic in the context of relevant literature, research and policy, and the assessment ...

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