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Resources for Conducting Research



  • This web page is being maintained by the POD Research Sub-Committee that is working on providing a directory/list of resources for POD members who are beginning to do research.

  • SUB-COMMITTEE COORDINATOR:  Donna Ziegenfuss, 
    • Linda Cirocco

Getting Started on Research: Some "How To" Resources

    General Research Links & Information

  • Evaluating Research Journals for Quality: Tools and Tips

    Action Research Links & Information

    Book Resources
  • Greenwood, D.J., & Levin, M., (2007). Introduction to action research. Sage Publications.
  • Reason, P. & Bradbury, H., (Eds.)  (2007)  Handbook of action research: participative inquiry and practice 2nd edition, Sage Publications, LTD: London.
  • Zuber-Skerritt, O., (Ed).  (1996) New directions in action research.  London: Falmer.
  • Action Research Website Book Bibliography

    Qualitative Research Links & Information

    Qualitative Journals


  • Creswell, J. (1998). Qualitative inquiry and research design: Choosing among five traditions. Thousand Oaks, California: Sage Publications.
  • Creswell, J. (2003). Research Design: Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Methods Approaches. Thousand Oaks, California: Sage Publications.
  • Denzin N. K. & Lincoln Y. S (Eds.). (2000) Handbook of qualitative research. London: Sage Publications.
  • Maxwell, J. A. 2004. Qualitative research design: An interactive approach (2nd
    Ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
  • Merriam, S., (2009). Qualitative research: A guide to design and implementation. Wiley, John & Sons.
  • Patton, M.Q. (2002). Qualitative research & evaluation methods (3rd edition). Thousand Oaks, California: Sage Publications.
  • Shank, G., (2005). (2nd ed.) Qualitative research: A personal skills approach.  Prentice Hall.
  • Silverman, D., (2004). Qualitative research: Theory, method and practice. (2nd edition). Sage Publications.
  • Stake, R., (2010). Qualitative research: Studying how things work. Gulford Publications.
  • Strauss, A., & Corbin, J. (1990). Basics of qualitative research: Grounded theory procedures and techniques. Newbury Park, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.

    Quantitative Research Links & Information

    Other Resources

    Mixed Methodologies

  • Glossary of mixed methods terms
  • Creswell, John W. & Plano-Clark, Vicki L. (2006). Designing and Conducting Mixed Methods of Research. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.
    Scholarship of Teaching & Learning Links and Resources
    Presenting Your Research

Database Resources

  • Searchable Database of Resources on Measuring Quality   A web resource center on measuring quality in higher education from the Association for Institutional Research (AIR), in partnership with the American Council on Education (ACE) Center for Policy Analysis and the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA), is now available. The website provides information on assessment instruments and other resources in a format that allows keyword and topical searches. This new tool is an update and expansion of the ACE/AIR monograph, Measuring Quality: Surveys and Other Assessments of College Quality (Borden & Owens, 2001).
  • The largest single database on teaching learning development units,  with a primarily north American focus. It does include a number of non-North American countries but the lists aren’t as complete as the North American sample. Visit for a description of the data and contact Sally Kuhlenschmidt to request a subset for your research. Please specify defining characteristics such as enrollment size, Carnegie focus, etc.
Eligibility: POD members may request access to data from the 2010 POD Membership Survey according to the following process and criteria. Eligible applicants requesting access to the POD Membership data:
·       Must be a POD Member
  • ·       Must articulate how the proposed research will benefit the POD Network

    ·       Must be explicit in the data needed (and should limit their request to the smallest portion of the dataset directly relevant to their research interests).

    Request Process:  Individuals/Teams interested in using the survey data in their research will be required to submit a brief request proposal to the Survey Subcommittee of the Research Committee. Proposals should indicate the following:

    1.     Primary Request Contact: (name, institution, contact information)

    2.     Additional Research Team Members: (names, institutions)

    3.     Title of Research Project

    4.     Brief Description of Research

    a.     Focus

    b.     Potential interest/relevance/usefulness to POD Network

    5.     Intended audience and proposed public venues

    6.     Individual/Team’s Institution-based IRB Approval documentation

    7.     Statement of agreement to secure the dataset and ensure confidentiality and anonymity of data

    Proposals may be submitted at any time and should be addressed to the Current Chair of the Survey Subcommittee and copied to the Chair of the Research Committee.

    Review Process & Criteria

    Proposals received will be managed by the chair of the Survey Subcommittee, with the Research Committee Chair copied on key communications. The Survey Committee will vet proposals and requests as follows: 

    ·       Review proposal requests to ensure that it meets the following criteria:

    o   All components of the proposal properly addressed

    o   Focus and questions posed well matched to survey data (can be answered through Membership survey analysis)

    o   Contributes to POD’s work and mission

    o   Will be shared with appropriate audiences and at appropriate venues

    o   Has appropriate IRB documentation

    o   Includes a plan to keep the dataset secure

    ·       Identify/assign a lead liaison to the requesting individual/team to answer questions, track progress, maintain clear communications, and follow-up on behalf of the Survey Subcommittee/ Research Committee.

    ·       Recommend level of approval

    o   Acceptance, rejection, resubmission

    o   POD-sponsored status if appropriate

    o   Degree of data access

    §  Indirect – Survey Committee to send report, as no in-depth or cross-correlational analysis required and report is easily run or already exists

    §  Direct (full, partial, or sanitized - minimum required by proposal)

    o   Support for Research effort and data analysis

    §  Recommended level of support - Use of Survey Research funds for analysis (if/where available and at what level)

    §  No support  provided - Research analysis must be conducted independently

    §  No support needed – Simple Report provided

    o   Report back requirements

    §  Review before release required

    §  Courtesy Report submission required or requested

    §  No report required (submission to Core and/or use for Committee work)

    •          Requests to conduct POD-sponsored surveys
Requests for POD sponsorship of and publicizing of a variety of surveys to the POD Membership occasionally come to the POD Executive Director and/or Executive Committee.  These surveys come both from POD Committees and from POD members involved in individual or team research outside of POD. The Survey Subcommittee of the Research Committee will vet these to minimize survey overload for the POD membership (limiting to one POD-sponsored survey per quarter as per current GM guidelines ), minimize repetition and ensure the potential for data integration/comparison across survey data. 

The Survey subcommittee will vet such requests, ensuring that each request received is: 

·       Assigned a liaison to the requesting survey team (one of the reviewers) to request additional information (where basic information in standard request format above is missing) answer questions, track, maintain clear communications & follow-up on behalf of the Survey Subcommittee/Research Committee and research team.

·       Assigned to and reviewed (using above Review Process and Criteria) by at least 2 members of the Research Committee to ensure that the proposed survey:

o   Does not unnecessarily duplicate information available in the membership survey;

o   Where appropriate (i.e. directly related to POD's mission and work), uses similar demographic items/categories so that the potential for cross-survey comparison exists (if/where appropriate)

·       When internal to POD (e.g. carried out by a POD Committee), recommend use of POD Network utilized Survey Tool (Zoomerang) to ensure POD-based access to the data over time. Such recommendations may be waived where IRB approval resides in an institution that has conflicting requirements.