Research Methods Support for CCRP Projects
The Collaborative Crop Research Program (CCRP) of the McKnight Foundation seeks to increase food security in developing countries. The program supports agricultural research aimed at improving food production and the nutritional content of crops important to the developing world. Visit the website of the CCRP project for more information.
The SSC provides CCRP projects with help and advice on research methods including:
- Study design
- Data management
- Statistical analysis
- Presentation of results
- Project archiving
What do we mean by 'Research Methods'?
We use the term 'Research Methods' rather than 'Statistics' to highlight that there are many areas other than statistical analysis and study design - such as the preparation of clearly documented protocols, data management, and data archiving - which, if well handled, contribute to improved research quality. These areas either have particular statistical aspects that need addressing, or would benefit from some statistical inputs. Paying close attention to them improves the statistical quality of the research and the quality of the research data, which in turn improves the overall quality of research projects.
As part of our work with the Mcknight Foundation, the idea of "Data Flow" was developed to provide a structure to our support and inputs. The idea is to imagine data "flowing" through a project from inception of the project ideas through to dissemination of the results.
The following document describes these ideas. Our Resources page is being developed with "Data Flow" in mind.
Last updated: 1 May, 2012