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 at an introductory level, aimed at
participants from all sectors, those new to project management in
research and evaluation, and those who may have a little experience and are
looking to widen their knowledge of structured approaches. The course is not suitable for people with extensive project management experience.
- 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
- Using the project cycle approach to plan organisation, team roles
and responsibilities, oversight and controls for delivery of research or
- Managing to meet research and user needs through task management,
responding to issues and snags, and identifying and avoiding risks and
- 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 have a little experience and wish to extend their knowledge of systematic
approaches to managing research projects and programmes. The course is at an introductory level.
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
Refund Policy: Only if cancelled 21 days or more from the course date.