Research Methodology and Proposal Writing Workshop

Theme: The new and changing phases of qualitative and quantitative research                           images

Date: 18th – 22nd July, 2016

Venue: University of Energy and Natural Resources, Sunyani, Off Fiapre Road.

Registration deadline: 15th July, 2016

Qualitative and quantitative research methodology keeps evolving. New methods and approaches that yield more insightful findings for science, policy and practice, as well as new software for robust analysis and results presentation/communication are being developed every year. Notwithstanding, academic curriculum for teaching research methods and research proposal writing are not being updated at the same pace to keep up with changing trends. It takes tailored training and workshops to keep students, lecturers and researchers up-to-date with current methods and train them in the practical use or application of such methods and software, thereby building their capacity to contribute to current global intellectual thinking and knowledge development.

Each year’s research methodology and proposal writing training rehearses, in a practical way, fundamental qualitative and quantitative research methods, and moves on to a set of newer approaches and/or software, keeping undergraduate/MSc/MPhil/PhD students, lecturers, researchers and practitioners up-to-date with current trends and software for their work.

This programme is timely because of long vacation and also appropriate for all potential patrons formulating their research plans for the next academic year.

 

Target Participants:

Undergraduate, Postgraduate (MSc/MPhil/Ph.D.) students, researchers, lecturers, and professionals from any qualitative or quantitative background

This year’s maiden training will focus on;

Day Training topics Highlights
1 Research Proposal writing

 

This aspect will deal with the dynamics in finding materials, organizing thoughts and ideas and how to present them coherently when writing research proposals.

·         Problem identification and problem tree.

·         Literature review.*

·         Topic and objectives.

·         Research methods.

·         Resources needed.

·         Work plan.

·         Anticipated problems.

·         Analysis planning.

·         Ethical issues.

·         Practical activities.

 

2 Developing conceptual frameworks, operationalizing and validating them

 

Methods like Structural Equation Modelling (SEM) make it possible to quantitatively develop, validate and restructure abstract conceptual frameworks in both qualitative and quantitative research fields.

 

This aspect will take an introductory approach to developing and validating conceptual frameworks using SEM, as well as how to operationalize conceptual frameworks when developing test instruments/questionnaires.

 

·         Designing critical conceptual frameworks from theory and hypothesis.

·         Identifying and organizing appropriate variables and indicators.

·         Validating and reorganizing your conceptual framework through quantitative means (using SEM).

·         Practical activities.

3 Literature search and review

 

New methods and software are making finding and synthesizing literature more easy and exciting. Systematic search, as a method used in systematic reviews and meta-analysis, is a standard, consistent and replicable approach to finding relevant published and grey literature for any work; reducing the stress and frustration in mining through loads of irrelevant information before finding what’s needed.

 

Software like ATLAS.TI have also provided an exciting environment to organize relevant literature, as well as find, organize and analyze qualitative data from questionnaires and multiple sources (videos, audios, pictures, documents).

 

This aspect will introduce participants to the systematic search approach, and the use of ATLAS.TI (trail version) for triangulated content analysis.

 

 

·         Exposure and access to published and grey literature sources.

·         Systematic search (using codes) to get relevant literature quickly.

·         Collecting, organizing and synthesizing various sources of information (audio, video, pictures, pdfs, memos, etc) using ATLAS.TI software.

·         Practical activities.

4 Developing standard measurement scales

 

Scale development is a common practice in social research. A very popular one is the Social Desirability Scale popularly used to identify and control for respondents with biased responses to survey questions.

 

This aspect will train participants in the skill of forming, testing, and validating measurement scales for constructs they wish to measure in their respondents.

 

·         Item generation.

·         Content adequacy assessment.

·         Designing and administering the questionnaire.

·         Factor analysis.

·         Internal consistency assessment.

·         Construct validity.

·         Replication.

·         Practical activities.

5 Data analysis and presentation

 

New software like R now provides powerful approaches to doing the traditional analysis usually done in Excel or SPSS and gives users more liberty over how they want their graphs, charts and diagrams to look.

 

This aspect will introduce participants to the basics of R programming language, equipping them with skills to produce aesthetically pleasing and interactive graphs and charts.

 

 

·         Shift all your analysis to the open source powerful R software.

·         Improved graphs and charts for data visualization.

·         Interactive graphs and charts.

·         Practical activities.

Fees:

Undergraduates = GHC 200.00

Postgraduates = GHC 300.00

Lecturers, researches, professionals = GHC 400.00

 

(Fees cover lunch, snacks, workshop materials, and certificate, but not accommodation).

 

Accommodation can be arranged personally or upon request to CCCGS. Please indicate during registration.

Registration must be made to the Centre for Climate Change and Gender Studies (CCCGS) no later than the deadline via the applications portal on the CCCGS website. Click Here to register.

 

Fees can be paid via the following:

  • At the University Finance Directorate, Sunyani, off Fiapre
  • Any Fidelity Bank Branch: Account Number: 1050321051110

For specific enquiries, please contact:

Centre for Climate Change and Gender Studies (CCCGS)

University of Energy and Natural Resources

Post Office Box, 214, Sunyani

Mobile: +233(0)265942370; +233(0)242186155

Email: cccgs@uenr.edu.gh

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