Methods for social researchers in developing countries

Methods for social researchers in developing countries

A guide to social research for researchers in developing countries

Research is a demanding process, one that requires knowledge, skill, and careful decision-making. This guide is an interactive PDF version of a website of the “Methods For Social Researchers In Developing Countries” website. It provides social researcher working in developing countries with guidance and tools on planning, conducting and reporting their research.

Topics covered include:

  • Thinking Like a Researcher
                    Understanding Scientific Inquiry
                    The Sudan Fertility Survey: An Introduction to Research
                     Learning the Language of Research
  • Planning Research
                    Selecting a Question to Investigate
                    Creating a Research Design
                    Developing Measures
                    Constructing Composite Measures: Scales and Indexes
                    Selecting a Sample
  • Creating Data
                   Designing Experiments
                   Surveys and Questionnaire Construction
                   Interviewing
                   Using Available Data
                   Observing Behaviour
                   Performing Evaluation Research
                   Using a Multi-Method Design and Conducting Rapid Rural
                   Appraisals
  • Analysing Data
                   Preparing Data for Analysis
                   Conducting Univariate Analyses
                   Tabular Bivariate and Multivariate Analyses
                   Performing Inferential Statistical Analyses
  • Telling What You Did
                    Reporting Your Research