Questions for Keeping the Bigger Picture in Focus
Questions related to your own expectations
☑ What do I expect to find, i.e. will my hypothesis bear out?
☑ What don’t I expect to find, and how can I look for it?
☑ Can my findings be interpreted in alternative ways? What are the implications?
Questions related to research question, aims and objectives
☑ How should I treat my data in order to best address my research questions?
☑ How do my findings relate to my research questions, aims, and objectives?
Questions related to theory
☑ Are my findings confirming my theories? How? Why? Why not?
☑ Does my theory inform/help to explain my findings? In what ways?
☑ Can my unexpected findings link with alternative theories?
Questions related to methods
☑ Have my methods of data collection and/or analysis coloured my results? If so, in what ways?
☑ How might my methodological shortcomings be affecting my findings?