research process

Familiarise yourself with the CIPFA Research process

In this section of the site we aim to give you information about the research process at CIPFA, and provide supportive information to highlight the benefits of research. As well as to provide advice on how best to get started, and what outputs you will receive.

The research process outlined below is indicative of the CIPFA research process. To learn more about what is involved in each phase or to see examples please click on the links below.

1. Agree purpose and objectives

2. Select appropriate design

3. Select appropriate methodology 

4. Select appropriate method

5. Decide on / develop data collection tools

6. Sampling

7. Testing / piloting and amendments

8. Fieldwork

9. Data processing 

10. Analysis and reporting