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== Starting Projects ==
== Starting Projects ==
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=== How to get support for a project, including how to get grants? ===
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* How to get support for a project, including how to get grants?
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=== How to work out realistic objectives for a project after it has been approved? ===
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* How to work out realistic objectives for a project after it has been approved?
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=== How to figure out the needs of stakeholders? ===
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* How to figure out the needs of stakeholders?
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=== How to do a literature review? ===
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* How to do a literature review?
* See [[CIRCA: Literature Review | Reviewing the literature.]]
* See [[CIRCA: Literature Review | Reviewing the literature.]]
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=== How to do an environmental scan? ===
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* How to do an environmental scan?  
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=== When do you need ethics clearance and how to get it? ===
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* When do you need ethics clearance and how to get it?  
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=== How to formulate interesting questions, challenges and objectives? ===
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* How to formulate interesting questions, challenges and objectives?  
* See [[CIRCA: Question Formation | How to form a question.]]
* See [[CIRCA: Question Formation | How to form a question.]]
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== Running Projects ==
== Running Projects ==
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== Wrapping Projects Up ==
== Wrapping Projects Up ==
* A big part of wrapping a project up is presenting it back stakeholders. Here is some advice on [[CIRCA: Presenting to Stakeholders | Presenting to Stakeholders]] and more generally [[CIRCA: Presenting Information | Presenting Information]].
* A big part of wrapping a project up is presenting it back stakeholders. Here is some advice on [[CIRCA: Presenting to Stakeholders | Presenting to Stakeholders]] and more generally [[CIRCA: Presenting Information | Presenting Information]].
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=== How to assess a project? ===
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* How to assess a project?
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* [[CIRCA:Academic_Presentations | Academic Presentations]] are a way of reporting research results and project lessons.
== Research Methods ==
== Research Methods ==

Revision as of 11:16, 30 May 2012

This is an overview of some of the research methods, tactics, and practices that you may need to complete projects. They are organized around the types of things that need to get done in typical projects. For some of things you need to get done there are formal methods, for some there are tactics or practices that you should check out. An entire book could be written about the subject, this is just a way in.

Contents

Starting Projects

  • How to get support for a project, including how to get grants?
  • How to work out realistic objectives for a project after it has been approved?
  • How to figure out the needs of stakeholders?
  • How to do a literature review?
  • See Reviewing the literature.
  • How to do an environmental scan?
  • When do you need ethics clearance and how to get it?
  • How to formulate interesting questions, challenges and objectives?
  • See How to form a question.

Running Projects

  • Scrums are an agile process for getting things done. See the [Scrum Alliance] for more.
  • Agile Management methods are a class of techniques for getting things done quickly without too much planning. Scrums would be one example.
  • User Testing methods are important to developing web sites and other applications meant to be used widely.
  • Blogging practices can help running a project and can be a project themselves.

How to digitize materials and gather data?

How to develop an interface for a web site?

How to get programming done right?

Wrapping Projects Up

Research Methods

Usability Methods

How to analyze a mess of unstructured data?

How to analyze structured data?

Other

How to get your thesis done along with everything else?

How to survive as new research assistant?


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