12-Steps to a Research Design

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: Determine the key research questions or hypotheses. What do you need to know? What relationships are you interested in investigating?

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12-Steps to a Research DesignIdentify the resources available for the Study: time, money, expertise.We have $______ for this study. We have ____ staff days. We have ____ partner days. We have _____ participants daysKey DecisionCASE EXAMPLE1STEP ONE: Determine the key research questions or hypotheses. What do you need to know? What relationships are you interested in investigating? Womens participation in village savings and loans will have a positive impact on womens empowermentSTEP TWO: Determine very clearly what your dependent (the effect or impact you are interested in) and independent (the proposed cause of the effect) variables (are). It always easier and less costly to investigate a one-to-one relationship. However, it is often the case that we want to know either how multiple causes lead to a single effect, or to multiple effects. In this study, for example, we are looking at two dependent variables and one independent variable: HISSA/MJT groups economic securityHISSA/MJT groups womens empowermentIf you wish to investigate additional causal relationships, be forewarned that each additional independent or dependent va

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