If you have been working on the dissertation for awhile, you might have forgotten about the value of your project; or if you’ve just started working on your dissertation, you might be concerned that the project has no value.

In Part 1 of this series, we talked about the importance of writing down the value of your project.

The second step of finding value in your topic or valuing your topic is to look at how your project is going to further the field or your area of expertise. Let’s say for example, the findings of the study that you do will have important policy implications. You’ll want to flush those out a little bit fully, and talk about it in the narrowest way the benefits, and then broaden them out to how it may impact at the highest levels of government or policy making.

It may be that the value of your project is that it answers a question, or it changes a societal view on a topic. It may actually seek to inform or educate people about a topic that they should be concerned about but just don’t know about.

It may have important implications for how a figure is seen in the course of history. It may have important ramifications for how finances and banking or economics is done. As you can see, your topic may have value also, not only to your particular domain of expertise, but also to related fields–or even if the findings were applied in a completely different area.

So the second step is to be thinking about or looking at, and actually writing down, how your topic will be valuable to the field.

Stay tuned for Part 3 in this series.