This course is designed to enhance students’ capacity to develop and write research proposals/reports. This Chapter presents the format that an investigator may follow when writing the final draft of his/her health research proposal. By examining the applications, strengths and major criticisms of methodologies drawn from both the qualitative and quantitative traditions, this course permits an understanding of the various decisions and steps involved in crafting and executing a research methodology, as well as a critically informed assessment of published health research.This part will also include a number of exercises for the students so that they can examine themselves whether they have understood the topic under consideration.
Topics to be covered include:
Critical appraisal of research articles; Identifying the potential limitations of a study; Development of a work plan; Budgets and budget justification; Planning for data entry and management; Ethical considerations in health and population research; References/bibliography of the research proposal and Key personnel listing of a study.
i. Robert Case Study Research (International Student Edition): Design and Methods,. SAGE Publications, 2013.
ii. Kumar: Research Methodology: A Step-by-Step Guide for Beginners. SAGE Publications, 2005.