What Makes a Good Research Question?
A good research question is:
- Interesting - Is the question of interest to you and/or the community?
- Answerable - Is this something that you can come to some relatively definitive conclusion on?
- Repeatable - Can this study be repeated in the future (either by you or, even better, by someone else)?
- Measureable - Are there metrics that you can gather or specific questions you can ask to lead you to a conclusion?
- Appropriately Scoped - Can you answer the question within a reasonable time frame with acceptable resources?
Let’s look at each one of these individually.