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Define Your Project Goal

A piece of paper with 'My Goals' written on it.

To help you define your project, first write down your overall goal – what you want to achieve. This is usually just a simple statement, such as:

  • Determine the percentage of agencies that have required pediatric equipment
  • Evaluate the new pediatric training program
  • Assess the EMSC needs in my state.

Whatever it is, just make sure it is clearly defined enough that it makes sense. You can also have more than one goal if it seems appropriate.

Define Your Project Objectives

Now make a list of the objectives within your goal – or the detailed individual questions you want to answer to assess your goal. For instance, if your goal is to “assess the EMSC needs in the state,” your objectives might include the following:

  • Determine areas of weakness in the pediatric emergency care system in the state
  • Understand which activities of the EMSC program are considered most valuable
  • Assess ways that the EMSC program could improve its daily operations
  • Etc., etc., etc.

Create Your Project Hypothesis

It is always a good idea to have a hypothesis in mind before beginning any data collection project. Now don’t worry – you don’t need to look up hypothesis in your 10th grade chemistry class. Hypothesis = your expected outcome. All this means is that you should try to predict what your expected outcome will be.

For example, if you are doing an evaluation of a training program, your hypothesis would most likely be that student knowledge will increase following the training program. Pretty simple. You don’t have to worry about this any more now, but this hypothesis statement will play an important role later in your project as you define your methods and statistical tests.

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