The Framework for Your Research: Research Design

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This refers to the conceptual structure within which research is to be conducted. The purpose of the research design is to facilitate the gathering of important and relevant data in a manner involving minimum energy, time and money.

Your research design must consider the following factors. Firstly, the objectives of the research study need to be clearly articulated. Second, you must decide the method of data collection you will use for your research. Thirdly, identify the sources of information required for your research. Also construct a sample design. Select the tools you require for data collection. Finally, choose your method of data analysis- it can be quantitative or qualitative, or even both.