In this course the participants will become acquainted with research methodologies such as experimental, survey and field research, questionnaire design, content analysis, analysis of existing data, focus group, individual and group observation (including participatory observation) etc.
The course will also introduce participants to the safeguards against errors in both data collection and data analysis and reporting. In addition, the course will draw the attention of participants to an important but often neglected aspect of scientific research, i.e. ethical issues in research, covering such topics as voluntary participation, anonymity and confidentiality and the need to adhere to professional code of ethics. How each method is, or may be, related to contemporary policy issues will be an integral part of the course. The participant will also be introduced to the basics of analyzing research data.