Designing and managing complex research projects is a challenging task for even the most experienced researcher. As part of our on-going exploration into “soft skills” that deliver big impact for researchers and scientists we’ve discovered some interesting and highly relevant research for anyone involved in a large, complex research project.
The research was assembled by Beverly Pasian in “Designs, Methods and Practices for Research of Project” and outlines 9 key factors to consider when designing and managing a complex research project. We’ve taken a few excerpts from her work:
1. Designing Research around People: Serious time and effort needs to be devoted to consciously creating the project team; establishing sponsor relationships and developing appropriate collaborative leadership.
2. Designing Research Process: The goal is to create a transparent process to coordinate activity between key factors that facilitated clear communication, reduce misunderstanding, knowledge transfer, good governance and efficient administration.
3. Use Workshops to Complete Work & Build Relationships: Strategic decision making in workshops is critical. Sharing ideas, defining research, understanding project language and goals and building optimism can be accomplished in face to face workshops.
4. Enhance Commitment through a Proposal Process: Formalised “competition” for funding and leadership ensures data is coming from a range of sources and gives individual researchers the opportunity to shape the vision and build project ownership.
To learn about the rest of the key criteria, follow this link to download the complete list of 9 Key Success Criteria for Designing & Managing Complex Research Projects