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Chapter 3 ~ verschuren2010designing ~ Research Framework

Citation Piet Verschuren, Hans Doorewaard (2010). Designing a Research Project (Second). The Hague, Netherlands. Eleven International Publishing. Book

We have now reached the stage in which we are aware of the extent of the project context we will be working in and what our contribution will be towards this context. The next question is how to ensure that the research objective will be achieved. For this we must formulate a set of research questions in which all useful and necessary information can be identified.

3.1 Introduction

A useful step in between formulating the research objective and the set of research questions is to draw up a research framework.

Step-by-step approach for constructing the research framework:
  1. Characterise briefly the objective of the research project.
  2. Determine the object or objects of the research project, in other words determine which part of reality that you are going to study.
  3. Establish the nature of the research perspective (see pages 74-78).
  4. Determine the sources of the research perspective (see page 79).
    • Choose the relevant literature by making a first selection of scientific articles and reports, and/or outline the preliminary research, noting which experts will be consulted.
    • Base these choices on the key concepts extracted from the research objective.
  5. Make a schematic presentation of the research framework by using the principle of confrontation.

3.2 Constructing a Research Framework

During the first step in constructing a research framework we capture the research objective in a brief definition. Depending on the type of research, this may involve establishing hypotheses or a theory, testing an existing theory, making a diagnosis, evaluating an intervention, or formulating recommendations for improvements, and so on.

Tables and figures

  • Figure 3.1 Research objective
  • Figure 3.2 Research perspective and research object
  • Figure 3.3 Research framework 'Farming policy'
  • Figure 3.4 Diagnostic gap analysis
  • Figure 3.5 Schematic presentation of a confrontation of two issues A and B, from which a conclusion C is drawn
  • Figure 3.6 Research framework 'Catastrophe insurance'
  • Figure 3.7 Conceptual model project management systems
  • Figure 3.8 Research framework 'Project management systems'
  • Figure 3.9 Research framework AGB/JOVA

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