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problem_statement - Why a proposal? Background research...

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Why a proposal? Background research needed to precisely define the objectives of your work Present a clear, documented justification for a) objective and b) approach to meeting it Detailed work plan for the project Elicit feedback from client and advisors early in the project Head start on your report Training
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Parts of a research proposal Problem Statement • Precise description of the problem Literature Review Necessary background to understand the problem, including what is already known • Why is this a “doable” problem Why is it a problem – Why do we think we can help to solve it Why this approach(es) to solving the problem Methods • Data (sources, collection approach) • Step by step description of how you will answer the question or meet objective Presentation of alternative solutions and criteria and approach used to evaluate them
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Beginning Problem Formulation Define the “Need” - some situation that is not as it could be Client Need -Societal Need - note that client may not have articulated this; or even realize; think about what the barriers are to fulfilling “a stated desire” - Constraints Things that must be considered in getting a need met - “costs”, “uncertainty (climate change?)”, “time frame” Iteratively process to refine what the “need” actually is
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