This chapter is for those who have little to no preliminary knowledge of their chosen issue. Before any active research, we must arrive at a strong research question. Here we provide a strategy for formulating a question that is solid enough to sustain your subsequent research.
Understanding the types of documents for the purpose of policy research. Primary documents.
This chapter provides guidance on how to prepare and perform a literature review on your chosen research topic. This includes learning about scholarly networks and sub-networks, as well as recognizing some of the common pitfalls that happen when you start gathering academic secondary source materials to scan and subsequently read.
This chapter is designed to help you understand what tertiary materials are including scientific publications, field diaries from participant observation, as well as tables and stats that can be obtained when looking at sources like census data. You will learn how to locate, find and credibly read tertiary documents while acknowledging that there are limits […]
This chapter provides you with all the necessary information you require to conduct a “good” research interview. This includes steps on how to determine who to interview, ethics questions, how to prepare for interviews and the common problems that happen during any interview process. You will also be given guidance on how to take notes during an interview and how to credibly and ethically use this information in your research project.
This chapter presents some background to government decision-making and identifies hurdles to researchers in the area, provides definitions of relevant concepts, and offers a guide to conducting research into government decision-making.
This chapter examines the role of corporations in deliberations and decision-making about public issues.