Phase 2: PLANNING THE RESEARCH
Planning the Research focuses on determining whose opinions should be considered in the research. In this phase steps are taken to make sure information that is gathered will be useful and of good quality. There are three main activities:
DETERMINE THE RESEARCH QUESTIONS
Agree on the main questions you want answered by the end of the research project. These questions are not necessarily the same questions you ask of research participants. The main research questions need to be linked to the research purpose statement.
DEVELOP METHODS FOR COLLECTING INFORMATION
Determine how you want to collect information that will answer your main research questions and fulfill your purpose statement. Consider multiple methods (producing both qualitative and quantitative data) from multiple stakeholder perspectives.
DEVELOP AN ANALYSIS PLAN
Determine how you will analyze the information that you gather. Your analysis plan will depend on the data collection methods you have chosen. Decide what type of software or support you will need to help analyze your quantitative and/or qualitative data.