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This practical, down-to-earth guide is for researchers, students, community groups, charities or employees – in fact anyone who needs to put together research projects quickly and effectively. It contains everything from developing your idea into a proposal, through to analysing data and reporting results. Whether you have to undertake a project as part of your coursework, or as part of your employment, or simply because you are fascinated by something you have observed and want to find out more, this book offers you advice on how to turn your ideas into a workable project. Specifically it will show you how to: – choose your research methods – choose your participants – prepare a research proposal – construct questionnaires – conduct interviews and focus groups – analyse your data – report your findings – be an ethical researcher