Research Tools

New initiatives and best practices for writing proposals and surveys.

See also: Research Methods bibliography 

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Good Practice Guides - Statistical Services Centre
A series of guides on good statistical practice, intended primarily to give help to research and support staff, as developed by the University of Reading (UK). Includes resources for statistical analysis and training and for surveys. 


Public Knowledge Project
This federally funded research initiative, located at the University of British Columbia, seeks to improve the scholarly and public quality of academic research through innovative online environments. 


Elements of a Successful Proposal
From McMaster University - Research Office of Administration, Development and Support.

Faculty & Research: Writing a Grant Proposal: Writing Tips and Application Forms
From Columbia University Medical Center, a selection of links related to proposal/grant writing.

Guidelines for Preparing Research Proposals  
By the Atlantic Health Promotion Research Centre and the Maritime Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, this guide provides tips and pointer in preparing research proposals.

Non-profit Guides
Free Web-based grant-writing tools for non-profit organizations, charitable, educational, public organizations, and other community-minded groups.

Proposal Resources: Research Development and Grant Writing News
Developed by the University of Massachusetts Amherst, this site provides links to development tools such ashow to write proposals and how to get funded.

Proposal Writing Resources
Resources compiled by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Proposal Writing Tips  
From Office of Research Services, Simon Fraser University. 


American Statistical Association - Survey Research Methods Section
The mission of the Section on Survey Research Methods is to promote the improvement of survey practice and the understanding of survey methods by encouraging both theoretical and applied research on survey-related topics and by disseminating information on survey methods. Check out "What is a Survey".

Best Practices for Survey and Public Opinion Research
From the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR), an association of about 1,600 individuals who share an interest in public opinion and survey research. Also visit their open access e-journal Survey Practice.

Online Survey Design Guide
From the University of Maryland. This site provides design guidelines and principles for Web-based survey instruments based on a Human-Computer Interaction approach. It is hoped to give the Web survey practitioners, especially the beginners, practical design guidelines and an opportunity to view Web surveys as a multidisciplinary field. 

Last updated February 20, 2018