From the 2020/2021 edition, a new course further enriches the didactical offer of the master in Human Development and Food Security. ‘Research Methods’ (RM) runs transversally to the remaining five courses and aims to provide learners with the necessary tools to undertake scientific research, from setting up and carrying out a field survey to presenting results and implications to different audiences.
The course relies only partially on lessons carried out in previous editions while introducing several new classes. It focuses on both technical knowledge (creation of the sample frame, choice of the most efficient sampling techniques, non-probabilistic sampling, creation, and implementation of a questionnaire) and ‘soft skills’ (interdisciplinary teamwork, research team management, focus groups management, participatory methods and convergence of opinions).
In addition, the module teaches students how to systematize, write and communicate research results and implications addressing different contexts and audiences ( e.g. to select relevant scientific journals, draft a thesis (dissertation?) or a research paper addressed to the Academic Community, draft a policy paper, select appropriate research communication techniques and tools, public speaking, interdisciplinary skills).
Matteo Mazziotta (Senior Researcher at ISTAT and major coordinator for the QT course) and Federico Roscioli ( Master’s alumnus and Independent Researcher in evaluation methods) are the module coordinators and they seek to stimulate “scientific dynamism” and strong communication skills among the students.