Building an IR team

Setting priorities, defining problems and research questions

By now, the research team should be able to develop a 'Statement of the problem' and – through a systematic analysis of existing resources and literature – provide a rationale for why conducting the proposed research would provide answers, solutions or alternative strategies to the problem identified.

In developing the 'Statement of the problem' that the IR project addresses, the team should reach a shared understanding of the purpose of the study and the research question(s) it will focus on.

Once again, reaching this point should not be rushed and should take into account the varying positions and capacities of different team members and broader stakeholders. Building team ownership at an early phase of the project will yield invaluable engagement in subsequent stages of the study.

TDR Implementation research toolkit(Second edition)

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