The Purpose of research
Understanding/explaining the social world
Systematic research is different to opinion or journalism
Social science as a social process in order to plan research budgets, policy
priorities and personal priorities
Who do research?
o Government researchers, statistical agencies
o Private sector consultancies
o Think tanks
o Research institutes
Who funds and commissions?
o Government department
o Government research councils
o Commercial sector
Ethical decisions and value judgments
Ethical procedures in research
What is social research?
o Those that seek to create generalizations about the social universe
through numerical abstraction
o Seek for extensive generalization
o Depth is frequently a key obstacle
o A set of datagathering techniques, means of analysis, and modes of
thinking that shun the observer and observed, and overzealous