Christine Urquhart

Making research and evaluation more useful and more interesting for information services and their users: A guide for students and practitioners

  • Health Information Management
  • Library and Information Sciences
  • Health Informatics

AbstractReflections on the recent increase in the number of cross‐sectional surveys received by the editorial team of the journal indicated that potential contributors might consider other research techniques, in addition to, or instead of a survey. In this article, Christine Urquhart discusses some different research designs, and different research methods that may help students and practitioners find useful answers to questions about professional practice beyond the standard survey. Researchers could consider research designs such as quasi‐experimental techniques, controlled before‐after studies, and interrupted time series. The basic principles of such methods are outlined and some examples cited. Other research techniques outlined include those that research subjects might find more interesting to do, such as conjoint analysis and vignettes.

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