1st Edition

Research and Evaluation in Community, Health and Social Care Settings Experiences from Practice

Edited By Suzanne Guerin, Nóirín Hayes, Sinéad McNally Copyright 2018
    202 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    202 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    How can we develop a comprehensive understanding of the research process in community, health and social care settings?

    Covering all stages of the research process, from funding to dissemination, this book considers the views of funders, researchers, communities and policy makers. Drawing on practical examples and relevant international literature, it sheds light on issues that can arise in the process and presents solutions and strategies to deal with a range of challenges.

    Organised around a series of themes that capture the essential elements of the research process including covering framing research in theory, commissioning and designing research, utilisation of findings and knowledge transfer, this book provides practical guidance for those involved in child welfare and education, nursing and clinical practices, community studies and the social sciences. It will be a key resource for all those who are interested in developing their understanding of the research and evaluation process in these areas.


    Chapter 1. Introduction

    (Patrick Dolan, Suzanne Guerin and Claire Hickey)

    Part I: Getting Started

    Chapter 2. Framing Research in Community Settings

    (Elizabeth Nixon & Eylin Palamaro-Munsell)

    Chapter 3. Commissioning, Procuring and Contracting Evaluations and Research

    (Marian Quinn, Catherine Comiskey & Gail Birkbeck)

    Chapter 4. The Governance and Ethics in Community Research and Evaluation

    (Mark Morgan and Siobhan Keegan)

    Chapter 5. The Role of the Stakeholder in Applied Research: Managing Expectations and Relationships

    (Nóirín Hayes, Siobhán Keegan, Grainne Hickey & Gráinne Smith)

    Part II: Carrying out Research and Evaluation

    Chapter 6. Developing a Detailed Design for Research with Communities

    (Suzanne Guerin & Catherine Comiskey)

    Chapter 7. What Lies Beneath? Preparing for and Conducting Effective Fieldwork in Community Settings

    (Tara Murphy, Jennie Milnes & Siobhan Keegan)

    Chapter 8. Evaluation of Complex Community Change Initiatives: Credible Evidence is What Counts

    (Morgan O’Brien & Sinéad McGilloway)

    Part III: Dealing with the Data

    Chapter 9. Community-Based Dissemination of Research Findings

    (Marian Quinn & Gemma Kiernan)

    Chapter 10. Knowledge Exchange: Informing Policy and Influencing Change

    (Nóirín Hayes & Maresa Duignan)

    Chapter 11. Overcoming the Ethnical and Practical Challenges Associated with Archiving Qualitative and Quantitative Data

    (Tara Murphy, Aileen O’Carroll, Suzanne Guerin & Jane Gray)

    Chapter 12. Conclusion

    (Nóirín Hayes & Catherine Comiskey)



    Suzanne Guerin is associate professor in research design and analysis with the UCD School of Psychology at University College Dublin. Her research interests include applied health and wellbeing, and applied research and evaluation. Suzanne has developed significant expertise in these areas and as a result is involved in a number of projects nationally and internationally. She is Deputy Director of the UCD Centre for Disability Studies and a member of the All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care (AIIHPC) Palliative Care Research Network.

    Nóirín Hayes is a developmental psychologist with particular interest is early child development and learning, curriculum and pedagogy and children's rights. She is the author of a number of books, reports and research articles on early childhood education, practice and policy including Early Years Practice: Getting it Right from the Start (2013, Gill and Macmillan) and co-author of Introducing Bronfenbrenner (2017, Routledge). She has served on a number of government advisory and working groups and commissions, and is a founder member of the Children’s Rights Alliance and an honorary member of OMEP international.

    Sinéad McNally is an assistant professor in psychology at the Institute of Education at Dublin City University. She holds a BA in French and psychology (Trinity College Dublin) and a PhD in psychology (Trinity College Dublin). She is experienced in conducting and managing research in the academic and voluntary sectors in Ireland, and specialises in children’s earliest experiences and the factors that impact on children’s early health, language, and social-emotional development.