Rigorous research is crucial to effective work with young people and increasingly youth practitioners need to be able to develop, review and evidence their work using a variety of research and assessment tools. This text equips students and practitioners with a thorough understanding of research design, practice and dissemination, as well as approaches to evidence-based practice.

A clear practice framework informs the book, outlining the significance of research to youth work, especially in relation to designing and developing services for young people. Research and Research Methods for Youth Practitioners:

  • Analyses the research/practitioner role
  • Explores the ethical context of research in youth work
  • Offers a thorough analysis of key methodological questions in research in practice
  • Provides a guide to data collection and analysis
  • Presents five principal research strategies for youth work: ethnographic work and visual methods; interviewing and evaluation; surveys and evaluation; the use of secondary data and documentary analysis; and researching virtual and online settings
  • Discusses the implications of research for work with young people as well as its dissemination.

Written by experienced researchers and practitioner-researchers, each chapter in this accessible textbook includes an overview, a critical discussion of the pros and cons of the particular method or approach, a case study, a practice-based task, a summary and suggestions for further reading. This textbook is invaluable for student and practising youth workers. It is also a useful reference for other practitioners working with young people.

chapter |4 pages


BySimon Bradford, Fin Cullen

chapter |20 pages

Working as a practitioner-researcher

ByFin Cullen, Simon Bradford, Laura Green

chapter |18 pages

Getting started

Developing and designing research for practice
ByStan Tucker

chapter |23 pages

Research ethics

Participation, social difference and informed consent
ByChrissie Rogers, Geeta Ludhra

chapter |24 pages

Doing ethnography and using visual methods

ByAlexandra Allan

chapter |23 pages

Asking questions

Interviews and evaluations
ByClare Choak

chapter |27 pages

Using quantitative methods

Designing surveys and evaluations
ByMarilyn Clark, Albert Bell

chapter |22 pages

Documentary research and secondary data

ByJohn Barker, Pam Alldred

chapter |22 pages

Presenting research to different audiences

ByJudith Bessant, Rys Farthing

chapter |17 pages

Research and work with young people

Politics, participation and policy
ByFin Cullen, Simon Bradford