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October 9, 2020

Improve study designs for maximum research success

Deakin covers a wide range of research areas – from health to educational practice, environmental anthropology to online consumer behaviour. Whether it’s observational or experimental research, the approaches to designing a study are diverse.

Getting your head around different research approaches is one thing – remembering all the permutations of quantitative and qualitative study designs is a harder task.

All of this can be confusing when you are evaluating research articles for literature reviews or practice reports. Analysing scholarship means understanding which study designs match to what type of research questions and knowing that not all study design types provide the same quality of evidence.

Fortunately, we have a guide to help.

The Study Designs in Health Research guide unpacks core concepts, definitions and purposes that underpin study designs. While it’s been created by Health Liaison Librarians for that discipline, the methodologies and methods covered are relevant across many subject areas.

Maybe you are interested in exploring phenomenology or narrative inquiry approaches in the context of migrant experiences research, or you’re looking to understand the impact of COVID-19 on the workforce.

Perhaps you want to better understand the difference between case control and case studies by exploring a few examples. 

Case control study infographic: exposed versus unexposed

Or maybe you just need to refresh your understanding of evaluating study designs or review ways to conduct qualitative research methods.

Three ways to evaluate study designs: internal validity or trustworthiness, impact, external validity or application

The Study Designs in Health Research guide can assist with all of these queries and more.

A better understanding of how research is done means improved results in your work at uni and decision-making in your professional life. Doesn’t that sound useful?

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