Ensure your data meets the highest standards.
Some tips include:
📊 Defining methods of data collection in a Data Protocol Document 📊 Conducting data collection training with your research staff 📊 Establishing data monitoring protocols to check for missing data and outliers
The design phase of a study is pivotal to the future success and impact of your research.
Take the time at the start to select validated and reliable measures, establish databases that will promote accurate data entry, set up data collection processes that minimise missing data and develop a publication timeline and goal.
Ensure your research has the scientific rigour to support new ideas or approaches that make a difference 💡
Before you start reading a scientific paper, take a moment to think about what you need to get out of the article. 🌏 Are you interested in the author’s theoretical perspectives? Check the introduction and discussion. ✏️ Are you interested in writing a critique/review? Read the methods, results and discussion. 📄Are you seeking an overview of current research? Read the introduction and follow up any relevant references in the reference list. 📏 Are you looking for methods and measure ideas? Check out the methods and discussion section. 💡Do you need research to support your ideas? See the abstract and results.
When developing your research design, take the time to justify each aspect of your study. Often researchers will include a justification for the study based on a literature review. Make sure you can also defend the measures selected, data collection processes, and statistical analyses conducted.