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.

Phase 2 in Ann Viv Ansanm

RESEARCHERS said that the skills they learned through the training in the planning stage were very helpful. The training in data collection and analysis showed them concrete ways they could carry out the research. The researchers felt that these skills would help them beyond this project as they now understand the processes involved in finding out information that can help target projects to actual needs and feelings.

Phase 2 Sample Resources