Project Research is a process of gathering information and facts about a certain project for the purpose of initiating, modifying or terminating a particular component (procedure, process, or task) of the project’s work. It’s an analytical mechanism of project decision makers to investigate current issues of the project, foresee future possible problems, and develop plans of corrective or reactive actions.
Project research becomes an integral part of project analysis which is a thorough examination and review of project activities. That’s why, it is a great way to analyze outstanding problems and plan for improvements. Because this process allows defining current and future issues, it can be used as the primary source of information about the issues for further investigation and reporting.
The process can be carried out in three major steps, including:
- Identify the need. First of all, we need to determine reasons to start researching some project issue.
- Select research method. Now we describe how to investigate the issue and what method will be used for this (e.g. observation, field trails, testing).
- Gather data. Finally, we begin using the selected method to collect and gather necessary information.