Tuesday, 26 March 2013
I just got a new cookbook that I’m really excited about, and as I was browsing through it I realized that our research proposals are not that different from a recipe. For those of you who like to cook, you know that when you are experimenting with a new dish, you will probably get it wrong the first time, or even the first couple of times. Our research proposals are the same; we keep tweaking and revising our original idea until we (hopefully) have an outline for a study that can be done consistently, and hopefully achieve the desired results. However, like a recipe, there is always a chance that our research design does not go as planned. For example, you could realize halfway through that the questions you sent out in your questionnaires are all wrong. Hopefully, we can create a proposal that is like a good recipe, and produces good results!