Write a 5 pages paper on defining the boundaries of case studies. The research process is implemented effectively. Therefore, what is research planning? A plan can be defined as a course of action that is predetermined (Creswell, 2002). . It has a purpose to evolve a sound, realistic and defensible program of action. Therefore, a research plan intends to give an answer to all the questions that are pertinent when it comes to conducting actual research. The research plan should therefore cover the specific time frame, it should be flexible and always a bottom to top hierarchy levels should be involved in the process of research planning (Creswell, 2002). This paper, therefore, seeks to discuss research planning through identifying Preliminary decisions that need to be made relative to types and source of evidence, Sampling strategies to be used for each type or source of evidence, Strategies for choosing the most appropriate technology tools for data management and analysis, Criteria to be used to make these decisions, and the advantages and disadvantages of each choice. Additionally, it will support the chosen decision-making process with rationale. Finally, the essay will give a short summary conclusion on the findings.
The types and sources of evidence that are to be used in any research would depend on many factors. This may include the purpose of the research, the time that is available for the research study and the accessibility of the resources. For instance, in my case, the research topic is effective violence prevention activities within a community set up. This research topic focuses on some of the violence prevention techniques that can be adopted to ensure violence is reduced at the community level. Therefore when deciding on the best evidence types and sources to use in this study. The following preliminary decisions are instrumental: Messick, (2001) identifies: Definition of the various evidence forms available. identifying the standards of rigor that the best available research evidence may apply. the sources, as well as ways of collecting the evidence that is contextual and experimental too, needs to be taken into consideration.
These decisions will enable one to .evaluate the usability and accessibility of the evidence to be used in the research study. The evidence decision will broadly cut across these three areas: contextual evidence. experimental evidence and best available research evidence.