I am in the middle of finalising my research proposal which will outline the focus and plan for the next 2+ years. In upcoming posts I will share different sections of the proposal. This week I will share a list of questions that I found useful in developing the proposal:
- What is the subject and aim of the research?
- What phenomenon is a concern for the target group? Who is affected?
- What do other researchers say? What evidence is there?
- What does this research aim to do?
- Is it relevant? Is it feasible? Why is this research interesting?
- What are the benefits? What is my contribution?
- What does the literature say about this problem? What are the possible causes?
- What are the variables? What is the population?
- What are the gaps in the literature?
- Why am I doing this research? Or why would someone else want to?
- What am I going to do about this problem? What is unique about my idea?
- What do previous studies say? Where are there disagreements?
- What models are relevant?
- What concepts am I going to explore? What definitions do I accept?
- How do I group possible answers or variables?
OBJECTIVES AND PROBLEMS
- What are the objectives?
- What are the related problems?
- What is the research paradigm?
- Which methods am I going to use and why?
- Are these methods valid and reliable?
- Why do I think this is the best method? What are the weaknesses?
- What is my population and sample?
- How will I define my sample? Why this way?
DATA TECHNIQUES AND INSTRUMENTS
- Where will the data come from?
- How will I collect it? What methods will I use?
- Why these methods? Are they valid and reliable?
- What is the unit of analysis?
- What is the coding process?
- What tools will I use? Why?
- Where are the limitations in the research?
- What are sampling issues? What are methodology issues?
CONTRIBUTIONS AND EXPECTED RESULTS
- What am I going to achieve?
- What will my findings be? What are the possible outcomes?
- Who will this be useful for?