Definitions: Systematic Investigation

Systematic Investigation: To be considered a "systematic investigation," the concept of a research study must:

  • Attempt to answer research questions (in some research, this would be a hypothesis)
  • Is methodologically driven, i.e., it collects data or information in an organized and consistent way
  • Data or information is analyzed in some way, be it quantitative or qualitative data analysis
  • Conclusions are drawn from the results

MSU HRPP Manual Section 4-3, Determination of Human Subject Research