Anyone asked to conduct a research or evaluation project or study - small or large - faces the challenge of how best to manage this. University and professional training in research (and evaluation) principles and methods have long neglected this vital aspect of successfully delivering projects. More recently, shrinking budgets and timetables (but not expectations) have added to the challenges for those leading research projects and intensified the need for more structured approaches to project management.
This practical course provides an intensive introduction to how to rise to these challenges using tried and tested methods. It is aimed at participants from all sectors, those new to project management in research and evaluation, and those who may have some experience but are looking to widen their knowledge of structured approaches.
● To introduce the role of effective project management in the project cycle
● To be aware of what underpins effective research project management
● To consider what makes an effective project framework plan, and how it is used to meet realistic research and evaluation needs
● To review the use of resources, roles and systems in effective management of research and evaluation studies
● To identify research and evaluation project management pitfalls and how to avoid them.
● Why is effective research and evaluation management important; how is it different from planning and design?
● Setting a fit for purpose management framework and project plan which meets realistic expectations for research or evaluation deliverables
● Using the project cycle approach to plan organisation, team roles and responsibilities, oversight and controls for delivery of research or evaluation projects
● Managing to meet research and user needs through task management, responding to issues and snags, and identifying and avoiding risks and pitfalls
● Using appropriate information and communications technology - options for research management templates and managing communications
● Closure, post-research project review and continuous improvement
Who will benefit?
Social researchers across sectors who are new to research project management or who wish to extend their knowledge of systematic approaches to managing research projects and programmes.
By the end of the course participants will:
● Have a broad understanding of the contribution of project management in meeting client and funders expectations of research
● Have a practical awareness of the success factors (and constraints) that contribute to effective research project management
● Have an awareness of how to manage research resources, roles, responsibilities and systems to support effective and on-time delivery
● Have an understanding of how to apply this awareness responsively to effective research project planning, problem solving and delivery.
Professor David Parsons is a highly experienced policy researcher and evaluator of public programmes in the UK and Europe. He has held faculty posts at three UK universities, is a past advisor to the National Economic Development Office, European Commission, ESRC and UKCES, and former director of a successful policy research company. David has directed and co-directed numerous research and evaluation studies for government, non-departmental public bodies and others in the UK, and for international bodies. He brings to this course very wide practical experience of project planning, task and team management, and of how to manage projects responsively to meet project (and client) expectations on time and to specification.
This course contributes 6 hours to the MRS CPD programme
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 2017 at 12 noon.