Decide on what characteristics your participants should have and how to recruit them.
Decide what data you will collect and how you are going to analyse it.
Decide how you will communicate about your research and define what you need to do to make that happen
Decide on a location that fits your purpose.
Decide on what equipment you will need to run the study and define what you must do to get any equipment you don’t already have.
Write a script for your research session(e.g. introduction, tasks, questions, things you will demonstrate etc.)
Decide how you will handle consent and, if relevant, NDAs. Prepare any written material you need.
Define an overall time plan that includes all steps in your research and when you can deliver results.
Define a time plan for your research sessions(once you start recruiting participants).
Run a pilot study(you don’t really have to write about this in your research plan, but we have included it here because it is part of your planning and the results of the pilot study can impact your research plan in different ways).