research methods

Report of a study which aimed to achieve a better understanding of young people not in education, employment or training at 16 and 17 through establishing a more detailed breakdown of the 'types' of young people in this category, the structural and personal issues they face and the probable routes into participation in learning for each of them.

Report presenting the findings of a study which explored young people's experiences of physical, emotional and sexual forms of violence in their partner relationships, including their coping mechanisms and opinions on intervention. For the purposes of the study 'partner' was defined as any young person with whom they had been intimate.

This review intends to understand how to strengthen support to local partners in using local information and research in decision-making. The investigation has probed the following questions: what are the sources of demand for local information and research?; how is research carried out locally?; how is local information and analysis currently supported by national, regional and sub-regional organisations? This report includes recommendations for national, regional, and local organisations for strengthening support for local partners.

Report presenting and discussing the findings of a study which made use of a variety of approaches and sources to construct as detailed a picture as possible of how and why poverty varies across ethnic groups. In particular, it focuses on the extent to which it is possible to explain the poverty of ethnic minority children in terms of known risk factors such as lone parent families.

Report of a study which aimed to understand the motivations and barriers for parents getting involved in helping to raise school standards and increase the supply of good school places.

This report provides a summary of the ‘Review of Developments in Inclusive Schooling’, commissioned by the Scottish Executive Education Department. The aims of the review are to: report research on significant developments related to inclusive schools or inclusive schooling; summarize emerging issues and trends; and identify areas which could benefit from further research.

Report presenting the findings of a survey which explored how much young people enjoy writing, what type of writing they engage in, how good they think they are at writing and what they think about writing.

Report presenting the findings of a review carried out to discover how models of service user involvement in health research could be applied to research on mental health care in prisons. It concluded there are examples of service user engagement in prisoner councils and in prison health service development which could be further developed.

Paper addressing issues such as how science and technology can work for the poorest members of societies, the role technologies might play in the futures of people in developing countries and how poor people can become involved in mapping out their own technological futures.