CIRCA:Research Methods


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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.


Starting Projects

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.

Wrapping Projects Up


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 digitize materials and gather data?

How to figure out the needs of stakeholders?

How to develop an interface for a web site?

How to get programming done right?

How to assess a project?

How to analyze a mess of unstructured data?

How to analyze structured data?

When do you need ethics clearance and how to get it?

How to survive as new research assistant?

How to get your thesis done along with everything else?

How to formulate interesting questions, challenges and objectives?

See CIRCA: Question Formation

How to do a literature review?

See CIRCA: Literature Review

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