Checklist for ‘Good’ Questions
Is the question right for me?
☑ Will the question hold my interest?
☑ Can I manage my personal subjectivities?
Is the question right for the field?
☑ Will the findings be considered significant?
☑ Will it make a contribution to knowledge?
☑ Does it have the ability to affect change?
Is the question well articulated?
☑ Are the terms well-defined?
☑ Are there any unchecked assumptions?
Is the question doable?
☑ Can information be collected in an attempt to answer the question?
☑ Do I have the skills and expertise necessary to access this information? If not, can the skills be developed?
☑ Will I be able to get it all done within the time constraints?
☑ Are costs likely to exceed my budget?
☑ Are there any potential ethics problems?
Does the question get the tick of approval from those in the know?
☑ Does my academic supervisor think I am on the right track?
☑ Do experts think my question is relevant/doable?