Operationalising research questions

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Clean Up Operation – 365/015 by Tim Kirman Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License

When you plan research you need to work out how you will actually find out things. And to do this you need to first understand exactly what it is you are looking for. So if you want to find out if a drug helps arthritis in dogs, you need to work out what you will mean by “help” and how you will measure that. You will also need to work out how you will define “arthritis”. This is the process of operationalising. During this process you may find that your research question is not answerable and needs refining. In this post Martyn Shuttleworth provides some good examples of the process of operationalisation.
https://explorable.com/operationalization

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