`It has much to offer people writing proposals for any purpose. The book's great asset is an open mind on many of the hobby horses ridden so vehemently by unidimensional researchers. Rather than becoming embroiled in, for example the quantitative versus qualitative debate, it sensibly argues for research questions themselves to govern the choice of method. A proposal may, perfectly legitimately, mix methods from both paradigms... It is an invaluable companion manual for supervisors, research students, and even professionals who write proposals for money. A small amount spent on it will enhance the chance of greater returns in the future' - British Journal of Healthcare Computing and Information Management
Successful research requires effective and thorough preparation. In this expanded and updated Second Edition
of Developing Effective Research Proposals
, author Keith F. Punch offers an indispensable guide to the issues involved in proposal development and in presenting a well-considered plan for the execution of research. Dealing with both qualitative and quantitative approaches to empirical research across the social sciences, the Second Edition
comprehensively covers the topics and concerns relevant to the subject and is organized around three central themes: What is a research proposal, who reads proposals and why; How can we go about developing a proposal?; and What might a finished proposal look like?