Research QuestionA good research question:

  • guides the research process
  • constructs a concise and logical argument
  • devises search strategies
  • clearly defines the research for proposal reviewers

Your research question is an extremely important part of each research proposal. We recommend the following resource for helping guide the process of developing a sound and concise research question:


This guide suggest a well defined research questions has six proporties:

  1. identifies the theoretical construct you want to learn more about
  2. assists you to code literature according to a logical structure
  3. transcends the data used to conduct the research
  4. draws attention to the significance of the research
  5. has the capacity to surprise the researcher as they research
  6. encourages a complex answer (i.e. not a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ response).