OVERVIEW OF THE TEAM PROJECT PHASES AND PROCEDURES
1. ONCE YOUR TEAM DECIDES ON A TOPIC, PHRASE IT AS A RESEARCH
The research question must
Be open-ended; not a yes/no
Be dependent on primary research for a solution
Specific, narrow, well-defined
Begin with “How can….” Or “What are the ways…” or possibly, “Which”
2. NEXT, CONDUCT THE TARGET AUDIENCE INTERVIEW.
Go local—find out what has already been done to try to address the
problem by interviewing the target audience.
Learn about the situation as it exists at your organization or business.
Get as much background information as you can.
3. THE LIBRARY RESEARCH PHASE OF THE PROJECT.
Go global— find out what other organizations have done to solve the
problem by conducting library (secondary) research:
Identify appropriate sources and annotate them as a research tool for
your team (annotated bibliography)
Search the literature to discover what other organizations have done to
successfully address the problem and what the experts recommend as
strategies for solving the problem
Synthesize what the authors say (literature review)
4. PRIMARY RESEARCH PHASE OF THE PROJECT: COLLECT, TABULATE, AND
Back to local—find out the opinions of those affected by the problem by
conducting a survey (primary research)
Decide which ideas/solutions presented in the literature apply to the
local situation your team is investigating.
Test ideas from the literature by getting opinions of those involved with
Decide the best way to gather those opinions – usually a survey.
You’ll create a questionnaire, conduct the survey, and tabulate the
You’ll interpret the results and draw conclusions.
You’ll create a visual based on key findings from the survey.
5. FINISHING THE PROJECT
The team will put it all together—analyze findings from both the library
research and the survey, draw conclusions, and make recommendations
on the best solutions to the problem (recommendation report)
A brief PowerPoint presentation. The PowerPoint condenses the entire
project into a 10-minute presentation to the class.
A Team Project Portfolio, which includes a table of contents, the team
proposal, a transmittal memo to the target audience, a recommendation
report*, one other document from the work done on the project, and a
print-out of the PowerPoint slides. Previous drafts and assessments are
* The recommendation report includes a brief introduction and explanation of
the methods used to gather information; a literature review; an analysis of the
primary research data; a visual; conclusions; and recommendations.