Choice of research topic and methods

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Area

Area of investigation

Whether or not the area is easy to investigate or not

E.g. Criminals would be difficult to investigate using survey techniques

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Pressure

Pressures to publish books, articles, deadlines

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Interest

Whether or not the research area is of current interest or lucrative for financial backers

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Access

Ease of access to the chosen group

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Existing knowledge

What is already known about the research area

Availability of secondary and primary research

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Use

The usefullness of the research

E.g. to governments, private companies etc

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Success

The desire for researchers to succeed in proving their hypothesis correct

Desire for promotion and career success

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Values

Values of the researcher - importance/interest in the subject

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Ethical

Whether or not the research is ethical

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Skills

Personal skills and characteristics of the researcher

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Time and money

Time and money available to do the research

Large scale, participant observation = costly and time consuming

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Theoretical

Positivist vs interpretivist

E.g. quantiatitive or qualitative

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Funding

Who is paying for the research, e.g. government research requires quantitative data

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