This handbook, attempts on the one hand to explain and demystify the world of research methods, whilst on the other it seeks to provide a starting point for their use. In this, we are not suggesting that using research methods is easy, but merely that it can be appreciated and undertaken by practitioners and non-research experts. We hope you enjoy this handbook which is linked to our annual training programme. This handbook, reflects our wider charitable aim to develop and improve the performance of the regeneration and local economic development sector. In this, we hope this handbook goes some way in helping to address some of the persistent issues faced by local places and communities and contributes to ensuring positive local change.
MacDonald, S. and Headlam, N. (2015). Research Methods Handbook - Introductory guide to research methods for social research. Centre for Local Economiy Strategies. Manchester, UK.