Make the methodology fit the research question.

It might sound beyond obvious, but you need to make certain that your methodology "fits" your research question. By "fits", I mean you need to make sure that your methodology will answer your research question. This came up today because I spoke with a dissertator who had just finished up her full proposal- but then found out that her methodology wouldn’t actually answer her research question. A good mechanism for checking this is to work backwards. Start with what you …