A Guide for Novice Researchers : Design and Development Research Methods What Design and Development Research Is –
Understanding the type of research methods that may best fit a given research agenda can be daunting task for novice researchers. In many instances, the problem can seem to be overwhelm- ing in that the novice does not possess the basic familiarity with the fundamental terms and con- cepts of some of the more commonly used approaches to make an informed decision. This paper provides the novice researcher with a basic set of concepts and terms associated with conducting design and development studies, one of the foundational research approaches in the informing sciences. A six phase design and development framework adopted from prior system develop- ment methodology literature is presented. Additionally, examples to help the novice researcher better grasp the proposed framework are discussed.