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A checklist of competencies for “accidental” research managers (16 Mar 18)

Nine subjects every manager involved in research should be familiar with

It’s tough at the moment in the public sector. Staff are being asked to do all sorts of things in addition to their normal duties.

Research and consultation is no exception so I thought I would reproduce some competencies that Kathleen Greaves and I developed for what used to be the Housing Corporation.

These are aimed principally at non-experts, although some staff with research training may also find it useful.

Options for carrying out research

The use of external contractors or experts, front line or operational staff, residents, volunteers, and students, and exploring the strengths and weaknesses of the different approaches and how problems may be minimised.

Awareness of the role and limitations of research

What research can and cannot deliver

Basic knowledge about the types of research and their uses

Designing research projects, including desk research, analysis of records, self completion, telephone and face-to-face surveys, depth interviews and focus groups

Timescales and costs of different research approaches

How to decide whether to carry out research internally or to contract it out

Familiarity with ethical standards for research

Objectivity, confidentiality, obtaining informed consent, avoidance of intrusiveness and inconvenience and duty of feedback. Ethical issues of using staff and residents.

Familiarity with procedures for management of internal research projects

Procedures for co-ordination, dissemination, implementation and evaluation of research

Familiarity with research terms

Best wishes


PS Why not attend our one day workshop Data Analysis for Accidental Researchers? Or if there are a number of you interested why not run a course in house? Email me at rod@rodlaird.co.uk


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