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?

TDR Implementation research toolkit(Second edition)

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