PANL 5006 F - Research Methods

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Understanding of qualitative and quantitative methods with application to philanthropy and nonprofit research. Topics may include research design, techniques for collecting and managing evidence, an introduction to qualitative and statistical analysis and communication of results. Precludes additional credit for PADM 5113 or 5114.

This course aims to expose students to a range of qualitative and quantitative methodological approaches applicable to those studying/working in the philanthropic and nonprofit sector. By the end of the course, you will have practical knowledge of how reliable research is conducted and understand how research methodology is a crucial part of the work you do as leaders in philanthropic and nonprofit organizations. It is crucial that one understands what research is to properly evaluate your organization, analyze data, assess the impact of your activities on your beneficiaries, report effectively to your donors, respond to your critics, and utilize academic research to further your goals.

This course uses an incremental learning approach - smaller but continuous assignments foster a strong integration of the material. It also allows the professor to monitor where learning challenges are located. This course will offer you the opportunity to try diverse methodological approaches applicable to the philanthropic and nonprofit sector. You will be guided through every step and learn incrementally.

CRN for section F: 34407

Instructor: Paloma Raggo

About the instructor: Dr. Paloma Raggo is an assistant professor at the School of Public Policy and Administration and teaches in the Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership (MPNL) program.

Paloma has a PhD in political science with a dual specialty in public policy/administration and international relations from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. Her research interests include international nonprofit/INGO leadership, organizational accountability, global philanthropy, online teaching, and mixed methodologies.

From 2011 to 2013, she served as the associate director of the Institute for Qualitative and Multi-Method Research (IQMR) of the Consortium for Qualitative Research Methods held at Syracuse University. She has received research related awards from the Canadian Association of Nonprofit Research and Social Economy Research (ANSER-ARES) (Best Thesis 2015), the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) (Emergent Scholar Award 2014), the Society for Political Methodology and the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) (John Garcia Award 2011).

At Carleton University, Paloma has taught courses on the Globalization of Philanthropy, Philanthropy and Nonprofit Research Methods, Qualitative Research Methods, and the capstone community-partner seminar. She received an Excellence in Teaching with Technology Award from Carleton University in 2014. She currently serves on the board of directors of the ANSER-ARES, co-founded the Global Issues and Transnational Actors (GITA) interest group of ARNOVA, and is now part of Carleton University’s Strategic Working Group on Online and Blended Learning.

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