When conducting a research project, there are many things that have to be considered. From ethics, to interview construction, to background research – there’s always something to be doing. One main thing I’ve learnt from this is that time management is key.
In order to make sure everything gets completed on time, I’ve created a timeline that allows me to check when everything needs to be done by.
Another thing that is crucial for any research project is risk planning. My risk matrix lets me assess the risks I think are the biggest problem, which helps me to create a plan of action for if any of these occur. This allows me to minimise harm to my project and protect my work if anything is to happen.
Currently in week 8 of the plan, my survey is up and running, and my interview questions have been drafted and finalised. If anyone is willing to participate in an interview or focus group, my contact details are at the end of this post!
Looking at the current results of my survey, it’s interesting to see that the responses haven’t taken the direction I thought that they would. My thoughts were that people would find living away from home the better living option, but so far the majority of respondents believe that living with parents or family is actually the best option. During my interviews it will be interesting to see what the reasoning behind this train of thought is.