Introduction to research project management


One day, Foundation level. London.  Price for SRA members: £195

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Social research projects, however large or small, have the potential to unravel in the absence of effective project management. The ‘art’ of project management may require skills of specification, communication, negotiation, time and resource management, and damage limitation - in addition to social research design and methods. The purpose of this course is to equip researchers with the basic knowledge and understanding to help them to effectively manage a research project.


The objectives of the course are:

  • ●To identify what makes for effective project management
  • ●To introduce participants to the need for effective planning
  • ●To consider the elements necessary for an effective project plan
  • ●To identify potential project management pitfalls and suggest ways to overcome them.


The course will cover:

  • ●The factors that contribute to good research project planning
  • ●The elements in an effective project plan
  • ●Resource (time, people, money) management
  • ●The contribution of effective communication, monitoring and review to project management
  • ●The management of expectations and dealing with responses to research project outputs
  • ●Anticipating and responding to issues and problems

Who will benefit?

Social researchers across sector who are new to research project management.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course participants will:

  • ●Have an appreciation of the factors that contribute to effective project management
  • ●Have a good understanding of the elements that contribute to a research project plan
  • ●Have acquired basic skills in relation to project management
  • ●Have had the opportunity to engage in a range of practical exercises to develop and test out their understanding.

Course tutor

The workshop will be facilitated by SRA member and social research firm director Dr Simon Haslam. Simon has twenty years consulting experience with clients spanning the public, private and voluntary sectors. This experience covers single-person consulting assignments and assignments involving consulting teams, including strategy consulting work with a recent Queen’s Award winning organisation). He is a Fellow of the Institute of Business Consulting, a Chartered Management Consultant and his PhD explored practices of management consultants.

Simon regularly delivers workshops on this and related subjects for a range of bodies including the Institute of Directors, the Law Society, IDM Group, and Durham Business School – where he is a Visiting Fellow. He is part of a 2008 UK National Training Award winning team.

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Price for SRA members: £195.  Use the discount code emailed to you.

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Cancellation policy: Full refund if cancelled 21 days or more from the course date.  No refund if cancelled 20 days or fewer from the course date.

Registrations for this course will not be accepted after 30 November 2014 at 6.00pm

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