What is Research?

Research is defined as a qualitative or quantitative process to discover new knowledge through systematic inquiry that involves collection of data; documentation of information; and analysis/interpretation of the data consistent with established research methodologies and processes. This process can take many forms, such as:

  • Investigations aimed at the discovery and interpretations of facts, revision of accepted theories or laws in the light of new facts, or practical application of new or revised theories
  • Synthesis and analysis of existing research in a novel or creative way to generate new principles.
  • A detailed case study of a single subject or group of subjects intended to discover (new) information or reach a (new) understanding.
  • Creation of new knowledge to generate new concepts, methodologies and understanding.