Managing Social Research: A Practical Guide by Roger Tarling

By Roger Tarling

An crucial software for these making plans to adopt social learn, this unprecedented booklet tackles a number of the particular matters and concerns that arise.В В A good based textual content, it bargains a finished creation to a number of very important components in venture administration, together with:

  • commissioning learn
  • preparing a young or furnish software
  • risk and stakeholder research
  • managing the sector paintings and information research
  • financial management
  • ethics, confidentiality and copyright.

This booklet offers a special resource of steerage for a person trying to fee, deal with or perform social study. it is going to in particular profit researchers operating in quite a few assorted contexts, together with these in academia, significant or neighborhood executive, 'quangos', public our bodies or inner most consulting businesses.

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Most large funders of research will specify a threshold of around £10,000 and projects falling below this limit can be let without the need for Commissioning research 27 competition. Even larger contracts can be let by them as ‘single tenders’ (without competition) although a strong case has to be made to justify this course of action. Some form of competition is the preferred method for many funders. Moreover, for public bodies commissioning large-scale projects, competition is often required under EU procurement rules (details of which are given later in this chapter).

This led the Social Research Association to set up a subcommittee to develop good practice guidance. Their report Commissioning Social Research: a good practice guide (SRA, 2002) contains much useful information. The SRA Guide makes the point that research is not a commodity it is a service and should not be subjected to the same procurement rules as if purchasing a commodity. That is true, but if the argument is extended to plead a special case for research it cuts little ice with procurement specialists who point out that it is common and accepted practice to run competitions for the delivery of complex services.

Risks The major risks are: • Are there too many aims and objectives for the project/can expectations be met? Stakeholder and risk analysis 23 • A large number of stakeholders—will they all commit? • Are the project evaluation outputs clear/can a successful outcome be identified? • Can the impact of the project be isolated from other extraneous events? • Is the data available and of a suitable quality? • Are there confidentiality and data protection issues arising from transferring data between agencies?

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