This is your step-by-step guide on how to write successful research proposals in the health sciences, whether it is for a thesis or dissertation review committee, an ethical review committee or a grant funding committee. Using quantitative, qualitative, and mixed research approaches, follow the journey of Liang and Natasha, two fictional researchers who will help you complete your proposal alongside reading the chapters. This practical guide includes top tips from the authors, read-reflect-respond activities and examples of project plans to equip you with all the tools you need to succeed with your research proposal.

Research Approach and Design

Research Approach and Design

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Key terms/concepts

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  • Researchable question
  • Rich data
  • Thick description
  • Three qualitative designs (phenomenology, ethnography and grounded theory)
  • Two main quantitative designs – experimental and observational designs
  • Causal association
  • The ‘so what?’ question
  • Operationalization ...
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