Social Housing Dissertation
13/01/2011 12:16 pm
Location: Edinburgh, UK.
First of all, I'd like to say this is an impressive website and one I wish I discovered a few months ago. I'm currently writing my Literature Review for my Dissertation. Which is Social Housing during the recession.
I'm determined to finish that part by the end of January. I'm just wondering if anyone could give me any advice on questionnaires and who possibly to send them to? I have already reached out to Shelter (England and Scotland) and they are pretty reluctant to help. I understand they are a charity but it's a bit of a blow when a lot of my research is from them.
I hope I'm not breaking any rules but any advice would be greatly received. Somehow, I doubt that many MPs would respond! I'm not too sure on questions yet as most of them need to be do you agree etc or yes/no types.
I'm primarily focusing on Scotland as I study there but the rest of the UK would be great too. If you need any further information please let me know. My head is a bit all over the place at the moment, to say the least!
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04/02/2011 11:55 pm
What a Troll Alert
07/02/2011 8:42 pm
In response to your post on 03/02/2011 7:56 pm I would try and structure the questions in a way where you are able to glean as much information as possible from the respondents on management costs.
So rather than asking directly how they feel management costs can be reduced, maybe you could try asking ‘what are the constituent management costs?’ so you can quantify this data. You can then ask your more qualitative questions during interviews once you have a set of quantifiable data gleaned from questionnaires.
It is important to get as much quantifiable data from questionnaires because it will allow you to look at the data more objectively. Once you begin to see trends emerging in the data, then you can follow up your hunches etc via a set of interviews with select people who can then give you qualitative data to work with which you can then relate back to your quantifiable data through your questionnaires and then triangulate during conclusion.
Again, I would discuss any approach with your tutor first to see if they approve, but from personal experience I would not mix your quantative data with your qualitative data unless you are able to get back to your original sources for further clarification on the qualitative data.
07/02/2011 9:00 pm
In response to your post on 03/02/2011 8:56 pm I would suggest two options to obtain and then utilise this data for your research.
Option 1) Send out an open ended questionnaire and then follow it up with a series of interviews with select respondents (if willing and able!) to then use this data to form a conclusion with.
Option 2) Send out a closed questionnaire but with an option for an open response (eg use of an 'other' check box followed by space for elaboration). You will then have to spend more time researching possible closed options for example - What efficiencies are being considered by the RSL in light of the planned reductions in development grant? You could have respondents ticking more than one box and also giving you information via the 'other' box which you have not factored into your research yet. Closed boxes for this option may include - collapsing group structures, sharing development expertise across subsidiaries or local providers, outsourcing development expertise, looking to attract different models of funding such as PFI or entering into the bonds market for lower payback periods to offset the rising cost of investment and the reduction in grant etc.
Different RSLs will have different options available to them, but you have to ensure your research is able to maintain an air of consistency in terms of extracting and then extrapolating your data so that there is a degree of confidence in the findings.
Again, please seek tutor advice.
Best of luck.