The book has eight chapters corresponding to the skills that research consumers need to discover evidence that matters. Fink pays special attention to facilitating student learning by providing over a hundred examples, flowcharts, tables, and checklists as well as an extensive glossary. (Students who are interested in any specific topic can further their knowledge by using the related website, which contains links to other sites as well as additional examples and exercises). All the examples are taken from existing research and programs and grounded in the practitioner's reality.
Provides methods for determining the validity of evidence and how to justify an acceptable level of "proof" based on science, experience, and values
Offers practical frameworks to guide the research process and which take the student from needs assessment to program implementation and evaluation through to implementation of results.
Shows how to engage diverse stakeholders (communities, teachers) in the research process
Contains an Instructor's Resources CD with supplemental studies and exercises for students; some of the studies and exercises are linked to studies on the internet so that students are required to practice the tools and concepts presented in the book.