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Design Decisions in Research

4. The Design and Planning Phase

When designing a study, many methodological decisions need to be made that influence the overall quality of the study and the ability to generalize results to other populations.  In this section, the following topics will be presented:

  • Validity
  • Research Design
  • Study Population
  • Sampling Plan
  • Data Collection Methods
  • Finalizing the Research Plan
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