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Preface Prologue Doing Research on Conflict Part Introduction Why Do Research? Research Foundations: Debating Points Research Motivations, Assumptions, Questions Some Contributions from Research on Conflict Discussion Questions Getting Started to Do Research Where Ideas Come From Choosing a Research Topic Alternative Methodological Approaches Choosing an Approach Discussion Questions Performing Experiments Part Introduction Designing Experiments and Conducting Simulations The Experimental Method: An Overview Internal and External Validity Experimental Designs: Examples from CA&R Summary Discussion Questions Evaluating Data from Experiments: Methods of Analysis Essential Ideas of Statistical Analysis Measurement and Statistical Power: Two-Group Designs Measurement and Power: Three-Group Designs Factorial Designs Repeated Measures and Other ANOVA Designs Summary Discussion Questions Designing and Conducting Surveys Part Introduction Survey Research Overview Survey Research Design Measurement Sampling Data Collection Ethics Conclusions Discussion Questions Doing Case-Based Research The Case-Study Method: An Overview Enhanced-Case and Time Series Analyses Theory and the Case Study Time-Series Designs and Analyses Systematic Expert Judgment Qualitative Time-Series Analysis Summary Comparative Case Study Approaches Focussed Case Comparisons Aggregate Case Comparisons Discussion Questions Writing Ethnographies Part Introduction Ethnographic Methods What is Ethnography? Why do Ethnography? The Logic of Ethnography Making Sense of Other Worlds Taking Notes The Ethnographer's Tool Kit Discussion Questions Analyzing Documents: Texts and Process Analysis Part Introduction Content Analysis Overview of the Approach Technical Issues for the Content Analyst Content Analysis Applications Discussion Questions Narrative Analysis Overview of the Approach Narrative Theory Analysis of Narratives Discussion Questions Evaluating Interventions and Applying Research Part Introduction Evaluation Research Challenges of Evaluation Tasks in an Evaluation Project Evaluation Issues Evaluating Interventions: An Example of a Framework Discussion Questions Research for Action and Consulting Basic and Applied Research Action Research Research Consulting Discussion Questions Concluding Part Introduction From Philosophies to Research Methods: The Value of Doing Research in Conflict Analysis and Resolution Doing Research: Philosophies and Methodologies Research Issues Summary of Methods Covered Comparing the Methodologies: Experiments, Surveys, and Case Studies Types of Data Wrapping Up Epilogue References

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Daniel Druckman is a 2004-2005 visiting Professor at the University of Queensland's Australian Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies in Brisbane, Australia. He is the Vernon M. and Minnie I. Lynch Professor of Conflict Resolution at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, where he has coordinated the doctoral program at the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (ICAR). He is also a member of the faculty at Sabanci University in Istanbul, Turkey and has held senior positions at several consulting firms, as well as at the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. He received a Ph.D. from Northwestern University and was awarded a best-in-field prize from the American Institutes for Research for his doctoral dissertation. He has published widely (approximately 150 publications, including 12 authored or edited books) on such topics as negotiating behavior, nationalism and group identity, human performance, peacekeeping, political stability, nonverbal communication, and methodology (including simulation). He serves as a board member or associate editor for eight Journals. He received the 1995 Otto Klineberg award for Intercultural and International Relations from the Society for the Psychological Analysis of Social Issues for his work on nationalism, a Teaching Excellence award in 1998 from George Mason University, and an award for the outstanding article published in 2001 from the International Association for Conflict Management. He is the recipient of the 2003 Lifetime Achievement award from the International Association for Conflict Management.


Doing Research is a gem. It provides multiple research methods and models focusing on conflict analysis and resolution that can be used by any student in a variety of social science disciplines or fields of study. I wish this book had been written 20 years ago. -- Brian Polkinghorn
Doing Research is the most widely acclaimed book on research methods for conflict resolution students to appear in recent years. The book makes a unique contribution to the conflict resolution field by providing a comprehensive overview of the cutting edge methodological approaches in the field. The book provides a wonderfully rich array of ideas about ways to do research for both the scholar and practitioner--pracademic--enriching the analysis and practice in the conflict resolution field. The author of a diverse intellectual background and experiences bases his contribution to the course on conflict analysis and resolution theory, and empirical evidence experience. He makes a highly valuable contribution to applying multi-methods to concrete examples from the conflict resolution field. -- Sean Byrne
"Provides a valuable tool to those dealing with conflict analysis in a variety of disciplines and professions. The first of its kind, this book is expecially suited to conflict studies because Druckman demonstrates the value of multi-methods approches as a research program in a context 'moving vertically form small to large studies and moving horizontally from simulations to case studes'...Doing Research highlights just such complementarity and provides a 'foundation for the way methodologies can be used for social science research'." -- Social Justice: Anthropology, Peace and Human Rights

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