The Field Research Survival Guide

The Field Research Survival Guide

By (author) 

Free delivery worldwide

Available. Dispatched from the UK in 3 business days
When will my order arrive?

Description

This collection of field research narratives from veteran social and behavioral science researchers acknowledges the unpredictability of managing a project and candidly illustrates real-world problems and solutions. Unlike standard research methods texts, each chapter in this book has practical import for the researcher, ties together extant literature, and illustrates the issues with concrete examples from the authors' own experience. Chapters cover scenarios such as creating an interdisciplinary research team, hiring and training research staff and interviewers, developing the instrument, preparing data for analysis, navigating the IRB and ethical dilemmas, maintaining cultural sensitivity, evaluating the intervention, and disseminating results. Doctoral students, junior faculty, and research assistants will appreciate this insider's look at the reality of conducting a research project. Designed to supplement traditional textbooks on research methods, The Field Research Survival Guide will be an ideal addition to doctoral courses in departments of social work, psychology, psychiatry, and public health, and an indispensible field guide for those managing a research project. - An insider's guide to managing the reality of conducting a research project - Filled with straightforward advice from seasoned researchers - Chapter outlines summarize and map each scenario for quick reference - Addresses real-world research dilemmas candidly and knowledgeablyshow more

Product details

  • Paperback | 280 pages
  • 154.94 x 233.68 x 22.86mm | 340.19g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 12 black and white line illustrations
  • 0195325524
  • 9780195325522

Review quote

An excellent methodological compass for researchers. This book includes all the offerings in field research methods, from soup to nuts. Dr. Stiffman and her collaborators provide a very valuable and enjoyable insider's perspective into the intricacies and joys of conducting field research. * Flavio F. Marsiglia, Ph.D., Distinguished Foundation Professor of Cultural Diversity & Health, Director of the Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center, School of Social Work, Arizona State University * This much-needed volume provides the oil for the machinery of field research, filling in the gaps of knowledge where research procedures have become second nature and difficult to explain even for a good mentor, so beginners remain in the dark. I will not only recommend it for my students, but will also refer to it myself as a good reminder for important basic concepts and strategies in the messy world of field research. * Lisa Dixon, MD, Professor of Psychiatry, University of Maryland School of Medicine * This much-needed volume provides the oil for the machinery of field research, filling in the gaps of knowledge where research procedures have become second nature and difficult to explain even for a good mentor, so beginners remain in the dark. I will not only recommend it for my students, but will also refer to it myself as a good reminder for important basic concepts and strategies in the messy world of field research. * Lisa Dixon, MD, Professor of Psychiatry, University of Maryland School of Medicine * Totally unique and collegial in style; reading it makes even a veteran researcher reflect upon and acknowledge anew the myriad demands of field research. And for young social scientists, the chapters' thoughtful advice comes across just as would that of a sage mentor. * Felton Earls, M.D., Professor of Human Behavior and Development, Harvard School of Public Health, and Professor of Child Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School *show more

About Arlene Rubin Stiffman

Arlene Rubin Stiffman, PhD, is a Senior Scholar and the Barbara A. Bailey Professor of Social Work, Emeritus, at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis.show more

Table of contents

1. Balancing Science and Services: The Challenges and Rewards of Field Research, Kimberly Eaton Hoagwood and Sarah McCue Horwitz ; 2. Developing Questions when the Perfect Instrument is Not Available, Sarah McCue Horwitz and Kimberly Eaton Hoagwood ; 3. Hiring, Training, and Retaining Research Staff and Interviewers, Elizabeth Mayfield Arnold and Mary Jane Rotheram-Borus ; 4. Managing the Data from Survey Development through Archiving, Peter Dore and Arlene Rubin Stiffman ; 5. Data Preparation and Data Standards: The Devil is in the Details, Catherine M. Smith, Carolyn Breda, Tonya Simmons, Ana Regina Vides de Andrade, and Leonard Bickman ; 6. Cultural Sensitivity and Cultural Disparaties: Ethical Dilemmas, Legal Issues, and IRB Requirements, Arlene Rubin Stiffman ; 7. Creating Interdisciplinary Research Teams and Using Consultants, John Landsverk ; 8. "Indigenizing" Collaborative Research Efforts with Native American Communities, Karina L. Walters, Antony Stately, Tessa Evans-Campbell, Jane M. Simoni, Bonnie Guillory Duran, Katie Schultz, Erin Stanley, Chris Charles, and Deborah Guerrero ; 9. The World of all Possible Program Evaluation Outcomes, Leonard Bickman and Michele Athay ; 10. The Influence of Research on Policy and Practice: Lessons from Studies of Asset Building and Low-Income Families, Michael Sherraden and Trina Williams Shanks ; 11. Disseminating Results and Sharing Data and Publications, Matthew O. Howard and Michael G. Vaughnshow more