Confusing of Research Methodologies? Here is The Simplest Compass!

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Suppose you are about to design research; you may think of using familiar methods such as the following:

E-questionnaire, Survey, In-depth interviews, Focus Groups, Face-to-face questionnaire, Telephone call, interview, Sample interviews, Observational Study, Field observation, Remote interviews, Statistical survey, Field visits to project points, end-line survey, etc.

The common problem is that researchers confusing different concepts. For example, the questionnaire is a data collection tool, we may apply it face-to-face or electronically, that what we call the communication method. Thus, we mix among the data collection tools, communication methods, sample type, and timing.

So, let me reorganize all of this stuff in a simple and reliable table:

For example, you may choose the questionnaire (the data collection method), through phone calls (the communication method), targeting 50 respondents (the sample), and so on.

Thus, for each data collection tool, you need to fill a row in the table:

 

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