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A practical introduction to the main social research techniques used to gather evidence about the health needs of local communities. Judy Payne guides the reader through the process of producing evidence about health needs, from the initial planning stages of research to writing up, getting the message across, and trying to influence policy and practice. Key features of the book include: coverage of both social survey methods and qualitative approaches; review of methods for investigating health status and community profiling, along with longitudinal and evaluative studies; a section on using the Internet to access information, with details of relevant international and UK websites; inclusion of visual techniques for collecting data, along with guidelines for incorporating these into mixed methods studies. There are case studies, and practical exercises at the end of each methods chapter.
Mrs. Judy Payne is Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher Educator in the department of Adolescent, Career, and Special Education. She is also the Career and Technical Education program coordinator. Mrs. Payne earned her B.S. in Home Economics Education (1962) and M.S. in Home Economics Education (1967) from Southern Illinois University - Carbondale. She has taken additional graduate courses at Southern Illinois University - Carbondale and through Oregon State University. Before coming to the College of Education (2000), Mrs. Payne was a faculty member in the department of Home Economics, later renamed the department of Family & Consumer Studies. Her other teaching experiences include 3 years of middle school in Maryland, 2 years of secondary school in Illinois, and 3 years of middle/secondary school teaching in Oregon.