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    This stage will:

    • Explain the difference between planning and designing research
    • Help you match your research design to the most appropriate research method(s)
    • Allow you to distinguish between the different types of data that your research method(s) will generate

    Research plan and research design may sound like interchangeable concepts, and some people do use both terms interchangeably, but each has a specific meaning in terms of social science research projects.

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  • What Is a Research Plan?
  • What Is Research Design?
  • What Will You Emphasize in Your Research?
  • Which Methods Should I Use?
  • How Can Social Theory Help Me Identify a Research Method?
  • Who Will Benefit From My Research?
  • How Do I Match My Research Method(s) to My Research Question(s)?
  • Why Does It Matter Which Method(s) I Use?
  • What Kind of Data Do I Want to Generate?
  • Should I Use One Method or Multiple Methods?
  • Checklist: Questions to Ask When Deciding On a Method
Next Stage: Planning and Practicalities
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