Research in the Social Sciences
Social science projects may involve quantitative, qualitative, or a combined methodology for investigating your research question(s). Regardless of your methodology, you are typically expected to gather, organize, and analyze a fair amount of data before you begin writing.
- Create a Budget
- You may want to write a grant to get funds for your study for things such as transcribing, computer software, and running statistical data.
- Determine possible expenses and calculate costs.
- Submit application for use of human subjects from GREB (General Research Ethics Board).
- Establish an information database or filing system.
- Organize your files, contacts, observations, field notes, and bibliographic information.
- Consult resources from the bibliographic link in this Dissertation Calculator for tips.
- Develop a research checklist or timetable.
- Break your work down by week, hour, and day, including tasks to be accomplished.
- Design a visible calendar or checklist.
- Refer back to stage 7 for tips.
- Proceed with data collection and input.
- Follow your checklist to make sure you cover each step such as running test groups, or doing interviews.
- Input data as you go along and keep up to date on notes.
- Complete your tasks from the timetable.
- Writing and theory-building are part of research in the social sciences, and you need to complete each task systematically.
- Monitor your checklist (literally marking each step accomplished) and assess what additional steps need to be taken or documented.