The preparation of a research proposal is often a necessary step in the research process. Research proposals are used to secure permission to undertake a study, to ensure protection of subjects, to secure needed resources, and to achieve a refined perspective of the proposed study. This third article of a series of six on the research process describes the steps involved in preparing a research proposal, demonstrating a parallel to the research planning process.
Conducting the research study should be a methodical process in which the details of the planning process are executed. This fourth article in a series of six on the research process presents guidelines with supporting recommendations to increase the likelihood that the study indeed will be conducted as planned. The guidelines emphasize the importance of 1) record-keeping systems, 2) detailed work schedules, 3) communications, and 4) monitoring progress.
The preparation of a manuscript to report a research project is the final stage of the research process. Recommendations are made in this article related to preparing to write, getting started, guarding against problems and frustrations by making early decisions, and developing each component of the manuscript. This article is the last in a series of six on the research process, in which the collective purpose has been to offer guidance regarding the spectrum of skills required to produce quality research reports.
This second article in a series of six on the research process provides a guide to planning a research project from start to finish. By description and illustration, 13 steps are outlined. Although the guide is comprehensive, advice is offered at strategic points regarding the value of consulting with a research specialist or a colleague experienced in research to gain assistance or insight into the planning process. Additionally, an admonition underlies the whole process: keep it simple and succinct.
It has been suggested that podiatric education, training, and practice too often are not well understood outside of the profession. If this is the case, a potential remedy is for more podiatric health professionals to publish work that has significance. Beginning with this article and continuing through a total of six articles, the research process is used as a paradigm for enhancing podiatric literature in the future.
This fifth article in a series of six on the research process provides guidelines for concluding a research project. Attention is directed toward a need for the researcher to be sensitive to the persons who supported the project. The other significant aspect of concluding a research project involves activities associated with analyzing the data, preparing the results, and finalizing the findings.