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					              Basic questions – Problem
      Definition/Research Aims and Objectives
         What is the purpose of the study?
         How much is already known?
         Is additional background information necessary?
         What is to be measured? How?
         Can the data be made available?
         Should research be conducted?
         Can a hypothesis be formulated?


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          Basic questions – Basic Research
                       Design
         What types of questions need to be answered?
         Are descriptive or causal findings required?
         What is the source of the data?
         Can objective answers be obtained by asking people?
         How quickly is the information needed?
         How should survey questions be worded?
         How should experimental manipulations be made?


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               Basic questions – Selection of
                         Sample
         Who or what is the source of the data?
         Can the target population be identified?
         Is a sample necessary?
         How accurate must the sample be?
         Is a probability sample necessary?
         Is a national sample necessary?
         How large a sample is necessary?
         How will the sample be selected?
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          Basic questions – Data Gathering
         Who will gather the data?
         How long will data gathering take?
         How much supervision is needed?
         What operational procedures need to be followed?




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            Basic questions – Data Analysis
       Will standardised editing and coding procedures be
        used?
       How will the data be categorised?
       What statistical software will be used?
       What is the nature of the data?
       What questions need to be answered?
       How many variables are to be investigated
        simultaneously?
       Performance criteria for evaluation?
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           Basic questions – Type of Report
         Who will read the report?
         Are managerial recommendations requested?
         How many presentations are required?
         What will be the format of the written report?




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      Basic Questions – Overall Evaluation
       How much will the study cost?
       Is the time frame acceptable?
       Is outside help needed?
       Will this research design attain the stated research
        objectives?
       When should the research be scheduled to begin?




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                    Research Timeline
       Work program: This section contains also a
        diagrammatic work plan, called a Gantt
        chart. The Gantt chart or diagrammatic work
        plan should also be accompanied by a written
        description.




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                                             Example of Gantt Chart
                                              (Research Timeline)
                                                                           Year 1                                                                  Year 2                                                                  Year 3

                             Months




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        Activities

        Literature review & identifying
        research gaps

        Develop research
        questions/objectives

        Prepare & present 1st year report

        Complete initial literature search

        Finalise conceptualisation

        2nd year report and Transfer panel

        Pilot Study & refinement

        Revise research methods in light
        of pilot

        Carry out research

        Analyse findings

        Write-up and conclusions

        Conference / publication

        Prepare thesis & submission




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          Quick TIPS for writing a good proposal

       Allow plenty of time;
       Start by writing a summary of your proposed project;
       Demonstrate an up-to-date knowledge of your field;
       Present your proposal in terms of the aims and
        objectives of the funder;
       Avoid jargon – say what you mean in clear, simple
        language;
       Don’t be afraid to state the obvious;

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         Quick TIPS for writing a good proposal

       Anticipate questions that may arise, before they arise;
       Ask a colleague to review your proposal; and
       Be enthusiastic about your idea – if you don’t sound
        interested, why should anyone else be?




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