Introduction to Research Methods and Frameworks
Learn about the philosophy of various quantitative methods in this free online course on development research.Publisher: NPTEL
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This free online course - ‘An Overview of Research Methods and Frameworks’ - is connected to the growing and important field of development research. You will see that any research methodology is a step-by-step approach to conducting developmental research. Research methodology itself is a complete framework of components that consists of firstly identifying a problem, then evaluating data and lastly finalizing theory. In this course, you will firstly look at the philosophy of quantitative research methods with a particular focus on survey research options.
Next, you will learn about one of the research tools used in designing, monitoring and evaluating development projects: the SWOT analysis (or identifying strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats). Analyze the importance of official statistics and the value of the census and other secondary data as well as the significance of fundamental principles of official statistics. This course will teach you how to effectively communicate research results in different ways.
Finally, you will discover that this proactive approach to the challenges of today and the future is more important than ever. Radical changes are happening in the lives of citizens now and within the next few decades. These issues will be compounded by increasing population growth. Development studies will become one of the most influential academic disciplines as more innovative ways to tackle poverty, disease, prejudice, and discrimination are sought. Being grounded in foundational research methods and frameworks will help you pursue a career in this challenging and fulfilling field.Start Course Now
Mixed Methods Research
An Overview of Research Methods and Framework - Learning Outcomes
Introducing Quantitative Research Methods
An Overview of Mixed Methods Research
Field Surveys and Inventories
Mixed Methods Research - Lesson Summary
Research Transmission - Learning Outcomes
Logical Framework and SWOT Analysis
The Importance of Census and other Secondary Data in Development Studies.
Research Transmission - Lesson Summary
On successful completion of this course you will be able to:
- Define 'survey research'
- State what survey design and sampling are
- Discuss the role of quantitative data plays in substantiating ideas
- Explain the relationship between ideas and evidence
- Discuss the use of field surveys and inventories in development research
- List the various types of mixed methods strategies and visual models
- Define the term 'mixed methods research'
- Outline the logical framework approach (LFA)
- Discuss the two main stages of using the LFA for project design
- State what a 'SWOT analysis' is
- Explain conventional approaches to conducting a SWOT analysis
- State what 'official statistics' is
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