Gruener, Gregory Sampson

Managing Applied Social Research: Tools, Strategies, and Insights

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Essential management guidance for real-world applied research projects

Managing Applied Social Research equips you with the skills, strategies, and knowledge you need to effectively manage research projects. Written by a team of nationally-known researchers, this book covers the systematic management of applied social research studies from 'soup to nuts,' providing researchers with an easy-to-follow process and the tools and templates for improving the quality, ethical conduct, and usefulness of the final products. The authors merge expertise adapted from the field of project management with their decades of experience in using established research methodologies and practices to offer readers; practical examples and insights gleaned from major research houses such as Rand, Urban Institute, Mathematica, American Institutes for Research, and others. Key concepts and methodologies are systematically unpacked, with detailed discussion of both theoretical bases and practical applications in the field. Written in plain English, the case studies and vignettes illustrate typical approaches to different scenarios, and the checklists, templates, and other tools provide guides for action.

Starting from basic social research strategies, you'll build an understanding of applied research issues and how projects are best managed in a messy, imperfect world. From conceptualization and proposal through implementation, analysis, and reporting, this book helps you lead your projects to success.

  • Learn the skills and concepts necessary to effectively manage applied research projects for the social science disciplines
  • Anticipate and prepare for common challenges and obstacles
  • Understand the various roles and their requisite tasks and responsibilities
  • Learn strategies for making effective decisions about a study's scope, work, schedule, people, budget, and risks during each phase of the research study

Social science research is an essential well of information upon which society is run. Proper management is the key to any research project's success, and success becomes more critical in the field given the potential ramifications in terms of policy and its effects on real, everyday people. Managing Applied Social Research provides sound guidance and expert insight with an essential real-world focus.

Keywords: applied research management; social science research; applied research; social science management; managing research projects; research management techniques; applied research methodologies; applied sociology management; applied research case studies; applied research skills; applied research text; graduate-level applied research; running a research project; applied research leadership; applied research management tools; applied research management resources; Managing Applied Social Research: Tools; Strategies; and Insights; Darlene F. Russ-Eft; Laura C. Leviton; Greg Sampson Gruener; Catherine M. Sleezer, Evaluation & Research Methods, Public Health Services & Policy, Public Health Nursing & Health Visiting, Evaluation & Research Methods, Public Health Services & Policy, Public Health Nursing & Health Visiting

John Wiley and Sons, Inc.
Publication year
Research Methods for the Social Sciences
Page amount
256 pages
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