As a project manager, a new year can mean the continuation of an existing project, the development of plans for new initiatives or an assessment of how to scale existing ventures. Some project components include research focuses. Research focuses are usually based on the goals and objectives of the organization, the type of stakeholders and interests involved, the resources available or which can be allocated to the research projects, and the capital infrastructure of the institution. Using a research consultant has benefits to research-based projects.
The researcher can dissect complex concepts and issues into easily understandable narratives. This helps the reader to understand the topic and usually works to encourage dialogue and action in the field.
A complete understanding of an issue usually requires reading and analyzing lengthy documents, compiling data, designing data sets and determining which information is most appropriate to include, especially when there are restrictions on words or page limits. A seasoned researcher will have experience in navigating through voluminous materials and how best to interpret and apply research skills to the most complex task.
Thinking outside the box can be a helpful way to tackle research projects. A well-rounded researcher will have the knowledge and expertise to complete the task. The researcher strategically, places herself in a position where she has a 360 degree perspective on what matters most to accomplish the task well, without being boggled down with every other aspect of the job. This is helpful to the project manager, who may have been able to do the research but can allocate the saved time to another aspect of the project.