Here is where you get into the details of your plan and the steps to achieve it.
As your “plan of attack,” your proposed methodology shows the funding agency that you have a logical and well-thought-out plan to carry out reasonable project activities that will lead to the desired outcome.
Check this with your supervisor before you start writing, to avoid unnecessary editing!
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To achieve the objectives for our Senior Latino Community Outreach Pilot Project, Some City Senior Center will employ the methods outlined below.
We have confidence in these methods, as they have been tested and proven successful by two of our fellow nonprofit organizations whose client populations are Latino: Health Access Latinos in Some City and the XYZ Community Clinic in Valley Vista.Other scientists are not going to take your word for it; they need to be able to evaluate firsthand whether your methodology is sound.In addition, it is useful for the reader to understand how you obtained your data, because it allows them to evaluate the quality of the results.The major point is not to stray off into giving background info, interpretation, or irrelevant detail. You won’t need to explain things they already know, but you will need to paint a precise picture of your methods.For example, in a psychology paper, there is no need to describe a Skinner box, as it’s design is well known to psychologists.The only real difficulty with the methods section is finding the balance between keeping the section short, whilst including all the relevant information.The other problem is finding the correct style of writing: APA guidelines suggest that you should use 'I' and 'We', but most supervisors still prefer an impersonal passive tense.In science, you are (hopefully) never presenting a personal opinion or arguing for preconceived biases.The value of your work rests squarely on how well it conforms to the principles of the scientific method.This is the very basic structure behind your methodology, and lays out the most important aspects of how you actually carried out your research.The writing for the method should be clear and concise.