How To Conduct Empirical Research For Your Dissertation: A Quick Guide


  1. Make the problem statement, then the purposes, and lastly any benefits-broken now this means, you are deciding what you want to discover, what type of research is accessible, how long will it take, and do the possible benefits outweigh the costs of the solutions?
  2. The next step will involve your theories, background materials, and assumptions people may have-so, has other literature on the topic been published, will it support you, can you use it, or will it negate your research?
  3. My hypotheses and the environmental variables- what environment will I use, what hypotheses will I address, and what are the outside variables of impact?
  4. Definitions and measurements used-what is the level or degree or error in any findings that is defined as acceptable or unacceptable, will there be any issues with the measurement operations I use (from the experts in the field)?
  5. My methodology and my research design-what is my over-arching design for the research process? Will it be effective, what problems might I have?
  6. Mention of samplings-how do I pick my event, idea, or people samples, what representatives am I interested in, am I confident they will all be effective?
  7. My Instrumentation and discussion- how will I then obtain the necessary data which will then test my hypothesis, what tools are out there for me to use, do I need to invent any of the instruments that I will possibly need, how do I do this?
  8. Collection of Data and any possible ethics’ concerns-how do I gather, do my helpers (interviewers and surveyors) need to be trained and where do I get them? What rights of my participants do I need to be concerned about during the gathering?
  9. Analyzing the data-what statistical and analytical steps and processes will be applied to my collected data? Then what possible numerical differences may be found and at what point to they become important to the process?
  10. The final interpretations, suggestions, and concluding statements- was my hypotheses correct, what suggestions or recommendation can I make? What are the possible implications of my findings and my suggestions?

Empirical research is when a person gathers knowledge by observing, directly and indirectly, people and situations. It relies upon research that is analyzed qualitatively and then quantitatively. Use our ten steps as you work on your empirical research for your dissertation.

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