Common problems with applications
The following common problems/pitfalls with research proposals should be avoided:
- Lack of new or original ideas.
- Absence of an acceptable scientific/public health rationale.
- Lack of experience in the essential methodology. Lack of sufficient detail on the methodology.
- Lack of relevance to policies, programmes and projects.
- Diffuse, superficial or unfocused research plan.
- Lack of knowledge of relevant published work.
- Unrealistic amount of work required.
- Uncertainty concerning future directions.
- It is helpful to ask the question "So what?" - What difference will the results from the research make to the health system and population if applied?