Aug 7th 2017

Public Relations Research (Coursera)

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Perhaps you are familiar with research. You might have learned about research or maybe you conduct research in your life. How is that different from research in Public Relations practice? In this course, you will learn the foundations of research in PR. PR research is applied research.

Practical application of research allows you to improve the organization’s performance. Research can be used in many ways in Public Relations practice. For example, you can use research to analyze and assess a need for the organization, ensure your objectives are realistic and connected to your outcome, identify and describe the relevant publics, brainstorm and test messages and channels, monitor the progress of your PR efforts, show impact and effectiveness of your program. This course will provide you the basic knowledge to plan, design, and conduct research to solve a PR problem.

This course is designed for students wanting to pursue careers in public relations as well as a refresher for entry level PR practitioners wanting to brush up on their knowledge of the field. Come join me in this tour of research in PR where you will learn to use research as the backbone of your strategic decisions based on evidence.


Week 1: Introduction to Public Relations Research

Week 2: Formative Research

Week 3: Research Tools

Week 4: Evaluation Research

Public Relations Research is course 2 of 5 in the Public Relations For Digital Media Specialization..

This Specialization provides an overview of the public relations field, emphasizing the strategic role of PR management in achieving long-term business goals. You’ll study the case examples and theoretical concepts that inform PR best practices, and you’ll gain practical experience conducting qualitative and quantitative research, planning campaigns, and optimizing social media content. In the final Capstone Project, you’ll create a strategic communication plan in response to a real-world PR problem.

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