Saturday, March 3, 2012


When to Use What Research Design has just been published by Guilford Press.  As we wrote the book, my colleagues and I tried to answer one central question:  How can researchers make effective choices among numerous methods as they move from research questions to designs?  The book contains practical guidelines that start with research problems and lead to increasingly more detailed decisions as the investigator moves through stages of the research design: data collection, finding and sampling participants, research ethics, and initial data coding.  A companion volume, called Selecting the Right Analysis for Your Data, is well under way.  We plan to publish in 2013. 

When to Use What Research Design
W. Paul Vogt, Dianne C. Gardner, and Lynne M. Haeffele
New York:  Guilford Press, 2012.
Systematic, practical, and accessible, this is the first book to focus on finding the most defensible design for a particular research question. Thoughtful guidelines are provided for weighing the advantages and disadvantages of various methods, including qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods designs. The book can be read sequentially or readers can dip into chapters on specific stages of research (basic design choices, selecting and sampling participants, addressing ethical issues) or data collection methods (surveys, interviews, experiments, observations, archival studies, and combined methods). Many chapter headings and subheadings are written as questions, helping readers quickly find the answers they need to make informed choices that will affect the later analysis and interpretation of their data.

Useful features include:
  • Easy-to-navigate part and chapter structure.
  • Engaging research examples from a variety of fields.
  • End-of-chapter tables that summarize the main points covered.
  • Detailed suggestions for further reading at the end of each chapter.
  • Integration of data collection, sampling, and research ethics in one volume.
  • Comprehensive glossary.
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