Over the past 5 years I’ve trained several hundred journalists, researchers, policy analysts and other professional during scheduled open or in-house courses. Here’s a quick Q&A about the new site.

Q: I’ve been on one of your courses – how can I use researchskills?
A: You can access updated course material and other information from the ‘course material’ page. If you don’t have a password – just drop me an email (with the date and venue of the course you attended). Some of the blog posts are referenced in the course material.

Q: I haven’t been on a researchskills course – can I access any of the course hand-outs or presentations?
A: If you ask nicely. I spend a lot of time making sure my courses are up-to-date and relevant and my courses aren’t free. But sometimes I do update the blog to cover new developments or tactics in online research. The blog material is free but intermittent.

Q: Can you tell me more about your courses?
A: If you can’t find what you want to know on this site then just drop me an email or use the contact page.

Q: What’s with the boulder design on your website?
A: That’s a picture of a large boulder on a small hill at Carnmore, in the middle of the Fisherfield Wilderness in the North West Highlands of Scotland near where I live. The hill where the boulder sits is one of only a few places, in an area hundreds of square kilometres wide, where you can find mobile reception.

Q: Can you do courses at short notice?
A: Unlikely. I enjoy working as a research consultant and journalist on complex issues. Day in, day out, I use the research techniques that I cover in my courses. The courses have to fit in around the research work and consultancy that I’m contracted to do. But please drop me a line or give me a call to discuss.

 

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