The Research Canvas ebook is about the “art” and “science” of research design. It is a “how-to” guide for getting the “DNA” of your research study designed and aligned prior to writing more detailed descriptions of the methodology. The book emerged from my experience over the past several years doing my own research and helping other researchers learn the “craft” of research. The content is organized around a nine-cell framework that I have found useful for helping researchers (including myself), design an aligned and coherent research study. Many of these tools and techniques have appeared in other media including presentations, this website and blog articles, and my one-v-one research coaching. They are now organized and refined to create a single volume of the most useful tools and techniques that you will need to create your own research design canvas. This is not a research methods textbook but rather a textbook supplement. You will need to refer to your research methods texts and peer-reviewed papers on research methods to complete the details of your design. The research “journey” can be frustrating and challenging under the best of circumstances. My hope is that this book will help anyone who is interested get the “DNA” of their study right early in the process, and hopefully, avoid some of the frustration associated with all research projects. For an introduction to the Canvas, see my article titled “Design Research Like Leonard da Vinci”
Enjoy the journey!
Latham, J. R. (2016). Research design canvas: A framework for designing and aligning the “DNA” of your research study (Version 2.0 ed.). Colorado Springs, Colorado: Organization Design Studio™ Ltd.