Create an analytic framework

At this point in the process, you’ve thought deeply about your topic, quickly scanned the existing literature and built your team. Now you’re going to use all of this prep work to build what’s called an analytic framework.

At first glance, an analytic framework might look a little intimidating. But basically, it’s just a drawing of the decisions you’ve made about the direction of your research, how your research elements relate to each other, and what questions are most important to you.

We’ll walk you through the basics on the next few pages.