SHORT TRAINING COURSE ON
RESEARCH METHODS FOR POLICY RESEARCH, ADMINISTRATIVE RESEARCH AND TRAINING ORIENTED RESEARCH
Knowing how to conduct research is an important skill needed by all administrators and policy makers. Research involves collecting, processing and analyzing and interpreting data and communicating the results of the analysis in a report that describes what has been discovered or found. Government organization employers have long identified these skills as the most important characteristics of successful leaders and managers. Employees who are able to gather relevant information, analyze and interpret data and communicate their findings effectively to others are valuable assets in all organizations. This short term training course would cover research methods in policy research, administrative research and training oriented research. Research design, data collection, analysis, validity, and report writing will all be covered.
The objective of the training course is to equip participants with the theoretical understandings and practical skills required to carry out independent research using a variety of methodological approaches and research techniques.
The program offers multidisciplinary training in social science research methods with substantive focus on their application in various fields. The purpose of the course is to acquaint participants with principles of research methods and the use of computer in all stages of research. The program develops the skills needed for data collection and analysis with an emphasis on orienting research towards producing policy guidelines. Participants are also required to apply the tools and concepts they learn in their special field of interest. The participants of the training course would
1. Be familiar with the range of methods used by researchers in policy, administration and training,
2. Understand the theoretical and methodological underpinnings of these methods,
3. Be able to make an informed choice about which methods are appropriate for answering particular questions,
4. Be competent to design and carry out research using a range of different methods of data collection and analysis,
5. Be able to frame research in relation to the theoretical and conceptual issues which arise in the subject areas in which they are working.
Project Writing Session
The Project Writing session is designed to guide the participants through the process of writing a report: including writing a research proposal, choosing appropriate research methods, and formulating a clear research design. Participants will present their dissertation proposals in the workshop where they will receive feedback from the module convener and their colleagues.
The training programs aims at those who
· Want research to deal with their own particular problems,
· Are not usually trained as social science researchers, and are likely to be unfamiliar with the content, methods or jargon of social research.
The expected participants would be Senior and Middle level officers engaged in policy research and faculty at ATIs.
By the end of the training course, participants will be able to:
· Search out and use research findings relevant to their own professional development,
· Define research and the aims of research,
· Have an idea of the concepts underpinning approaches to research,
· Be able to understand and critically evaluate the research literature within their chosen research area,
· Develop existing skills in summarizing and critiquing research literature,
· Apply the findings of relevant educational research to their own professional contexts,
· Formulate research objectives and questions,
· Use quantitative, qualitative or mixed-method approaches to research,
· Outline the strengths and limitations of various approaches to educational research and circumstances in which they may appropriately be used,
· Develop effective and efficient self-directed study skills.
· Working towards a plan to develop, implement, manage and evaluate a research project,
· Engage with a range of data collection methods,
· Demonstrate skills in the analysis of quantitative and qualitative data,
· Demonstrate awareness of ethical considerations in research,
· Critically appraise a range of methodologies used in research in social research,
· To communicate their work succinctly both orally and in written form taking account of academic conventions in the presentation of research.
The training would be a balanced combination of various methods e.g.
Ø Case studies
Ø Group work
Ø Field visit
Duration: 2 weeks
Dates: 19th November to 30th November, 2012
Venue: Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi
Last Date for Receipt of nominations: 20th October, 2012.
Tentative session plan
A tentative session plan is given in the Table 1.
For any clarification, please contact on the following phone Nos. and email.
Dr. Roma Mitra Debnath
011-23356528 (Tel. Fax)
Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA) is located on Mahatma Gandhi Road (Ring Road), opposite Indraprastha Indoor Stadium, about 2 km short of Rajghat. The Institute is connected by a number of bus routes, but for a stranger the most convenient is to take a pre-paid taxi service from airport or railway stations. The distances are:
|1.||IGI Airport (Domestic Terminal)||23 Km|
|2.||IGI Airport (International Terminal)||28 Km|
|3.||Delhi Metro : lndraprastha Station||1.5 Km|
|4.||Old Delhi Railway Station||10 Km|
|5.||New Delhi Railway Station||06 Km|
|6.||Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station||10 Km|