Designing the research

choose a research topic | decide on a research question and define key terms | design a robust research project | choose which research method(s) to use

How to design a robust research project

All researchers should aim to make their projects as robust and reliable as possible within the time and resources that they have available. Talk to the young researchers about what types of information they find reliable and unreliable and why. It might be helpful to talk to the group about whether they would:

This can be a good starting point for helping the group to understand what makes research robust and to appreciate what the people they want to influence with their research will want to know. You can then discuss how the group will design their own research project to be robust. Here are some ways to achieve this:

You will probably want to return to this topic throughout the different stages of the research journey, to check that you are carrying out the research in a robust manner.