Activity 2: Developing a research proposal

Based on your own research interests, develop an outline research proposal. This can either reflect research or policy analysis that you are actually intending to do, or it could be used as a hypothetical activity.

Within your research proposal, try to articulate the following:

  1. What is your overarching research question or hypothesis?
  2. What sub-questions might you need to answer in order to answer your overarching question?
  3. Using the STEPS Pathways Methods portal, can you identify an appropriate method or methods that can assist you in constructing your overall methodological approach?
  4. Set out your overarching methodology, including details of the component method/s you have selected and why they are appropriate. Where possible, try to link these back to the sub-questions you articulated in answer to question 2 above.
  5. Finally, discuss the strengths and weaknesses of your methodology and component methods, including attention to their strengths and weaknesses in relation to the following methodological considerations (see the STEPS Methods portal for more detail on these considerations):
    a) Appreciating different pathways;
    b) Analysing wider context in governance, politics and institutions;
    c) Attending to issues of power, uncertainty and plurality.

In the next section, we'll explore how methods were used in a STEPS project on maize innovation in Kenya.

Go to the next section > 6.2 Methods case study: Pathways in and out of Maize

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