Welsh Government

An introduction to research methods

Facilitator: Aled Jones, Cardiff University

Course Outline:

A basic understanding of research methods in health and social care is essential to aid practitioners in getting actively involved in research. This course is aimed at new research staff and non-clinical staff, clinical staff and service users considering expanding their research role.

This full day course includes the purpose and stages of the research process, developing a research question, an overview of research methodologies and data generation.

The format of the day will include presentations, group work and discussion.

Please note a certificate of attendance will only be issued if delegates complete all elements of the training. Times will be confirmed on receipt of the registration form.


Following the training, participants will be able to: 

  • identify the purpose of research;
  • describe the components of a good research question;
  • explore differing methods of addressing research questions;
  • describe qualitative and quantitative research and associated methods;
  • have a raised awareness of how information is translated into data and results.

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