INTERPRETING CHINA Module
Research Proposal Evaluation Guide
Component General Guide Approximate
Title Â· Does the research question convey the key words associated
with the proposed research?
Â· Is there consistency between the research question and the
content of the proposed research project?
Research question Â· Is it clear?
Â· Are key terms defined?
Â· Is it focused?
Â· Is it feasible?
Literature Review Â· Is the wider literature used to define key concepts, and justify
the use of preferred definitions over others?
Â· Does the author indicate adequate depth and breadth of
Â· Does the author use the literature to show why their research
question/hypothesis is worthwhile?
Â· Does the author engage critically and thoughtfully with the
literature to argue a case? (rather than just summarise?)
Â· Is the literature review accurately referenced?
Methods Â· Does the author identify possible sources of data that could be
used to answer the research question?
Â· Does the author explain how s/he will collect this data?
Â· Does the author understand the strengths and weaknesses of
his/her proposed way of collecting the data?
Â· Does the author explain possible approaches to analyzing the
Â· Is the author aware of strengths and weaknesses of his/her
approach to data analysis?
Â· Does the author indicate awareness of relevant literature on the
methods of data collection and analysis proposed?
Â· If relevant, does the author indicate awareness of issues of
reliability, validity and ethics?
Â· Are the proposed methods of data collection and analysis suited
to answering the research question/testing the hypothesis?
Â· Are the proposed methods of data collection and analysis
feasible given time and resource constraints?
Conclusion Â· Is the significance of the author s proposed contribution clear?
Â· Is the originality of the author s proposed contribution clear?
only to written work)
Â· Is the writing clear and concise?
Â· Is the piece well-structured?
Â· Has the piece been well edited for spelling and grammar?
Â· Is the piece correctly and consistently referenced throughout?
Â· Does the piece conform to the prescribed word limit?