Let’s think about the birthday party example. What sort of research do you need to do to plan the best ever party?

You will need information around how the party will proceed. This might include things like finding a venue, booking a restaurant or identifying a nearby place to visit. These are important details.

But remember: there are a lot of aspects to the question. To properly conduct research, you need the original problem. Refer to it now. Notice that the above questions – those focusing on details – only answer the How part of the problem. Other aspects, such as the Who part, aren’t addressed by this.

What other information would you need to research to understand all parts of the problem? Where would you go for this information? Write your thoughts below and read other responses.

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Module 1: Introduction
Module 2: Defining the problem
Module 3: Researching the data
Module 4: Imagining possibilities
Module 5: Designing the solution
Module 6: Experimenting
Module 7: Case study: This Course
Module 8: Where to from here?

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