Research Protocols & Proposals

Research Protocols & Proposals 

The ISCP International Centre for Coaching Psychology Research will be developing, and sharing research protocols.

In their guide, How do I write a research proposal/protocol? the North Bristol NHS Trust succinctly describe research proposals and protocols:

A research proposal is an initial set of ideas for a research study which are supported by a literature review and/or pilot study. A proposal should be concise and must address the question of what you plan to achieve, why you want to and how you are going to do it. In preparing a research proposal, the first thing that you have to do is to decide what it really is that you want to know more about. The questions that you want to research have to be viable as a research project and lead to the creation of new knowledge and understanding. As a general guide research proposals are concise, usually no more than 1500 words in length.

A research protocol is a detailed set of activities for the project you propose and these activities are supported by evidence from other research and from your preliminary investigations. It is a valuable practical timetable and guide to your activities and shows some foresight into what you are trying to achieve. It shows above all, evidence of planning, including anticipation of potential problems and how you intend to deal with them.

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