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.

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