Both primary and secondary empirical studies should really be carefully planned, and the plan documented as a research protocol. Undertaking the creation of a protocol before starting the study is good practice, as is having one or more people review the protocol to help identify potential problems or any gaps.
We ourselves have found it useful to develop protocols, and in doing so, to employ a template to act as an aid-memoire, reminding of the issues that the protocol will need to address for a particular form of study. This page provides links to the templates - if you use them and have any feedback, good or bad, we would appreciate receiving this please.
We also provide a set of guidelines to support evidence-based studies.
Template for a Controlled Experiment - Updated 3 April 2009
Template for a Case Study - Updated 3 April 2009
Template for a Survey - Updated 14 December 2012
Page last updated on 28 April 2009.