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Developing my Research Proposal

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Research Proposal Template

This should be your first step in planning a research project and can take several months to develop. The information in the proposal and the attachments you prepare, will also be needed in your research protocol, your ethics application, your Site Specific Assessment and any grant applications.


Major headings Sub-headings and content
Research Question  
Background (including brief literature review)

You may attach a more thorough literature review

Rationale (relevance to your work; benefits to your clients/team; priority area for Queensland Health)
Research Aims and Objectives Aim (what you hope to achieve)

Objectives (measurable and specific, usually 2-3 objectives)

Methodology - Quantitative Study design (eg quantitative might use cross-sectional or intervention/ control designs)

Study population (eg. adults attending xx clinic who have type 2 diabetes, include any inclusion or exclusion criteria)

Sample selection methods (which participants from the study population will form your sample? Include a power calculation to demonstrate you have the right sample size to show an effect)

Participant recruitment methods (how will you approach, invite and recruit participants? Consider ethical issues here such as voluntary participation, consent. Consider how your research will/could impact on study participants and how you can minimise trauma and/or adverse events)

You may attach invitation letters or emails, advertising flyers, PICF Participant Information and Consent Forms

Data Collection methods (eg medical records audits, standardised tests, surveys)

You may attach copies of tests, surveys, protocols

Methodology - Qualitative Study Design: (eg qualitative research might be use in-depth interviews, focus groups)

Study population (eg. adults attending xx clinic who have type 2 diabetes, include any inclusion or exclusion criteria)

Sample selection methods (which participants from the study population will form your sample? Will it be random or purposive? Will you continue sampling until you reach saturation?)

Participant recruitment methods (how will you approach, invite and recruit participants? Consider ethical issues here such as voluntary participation, consent. Consider how your research will/could impact on study participants and how you can minimise trauma and/or adverse events)

You may attach invitation letters or emails, advertising flyers, PICF Participant Information and Consent Forms

Data Collection methods (eg telephone interviews, focus groups, surveys. Consider how you will record and transcribe your data)

You may attach copies of scripts, surveys, protocols

Feasibility (including budget, track record and access to research expertise)

You may attach a budget, CV for each  researcher

Timeline for the research project (list all the tasks and estimate duration, be generous)

You may attach an excel spreadsheet or Gantt chart

Proposed method/s to disseminate findings (presentations, newsletters, a report, formal publication. Consider who will be interested or will need to know about this, make a short-list of journals you would like to publish in)

 

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Last updated: 15 July 2014