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A Latin American company has National and International projects. National ones have high productivity (in terms of hours spent and hours billed to the customer), but the profit is low (compared to the International projects) because the incomes and the costs of the projects are in Pesos (a weak currency). On the other hand, the International projects have a productivity of around 60%, but since the incomes are in Dollars and the costs are in Pesos, they are highly profitable, even though they are not productive.
This has bias the perception and had led the company to believe that the 60% of productivity is fine because the profit is enough. On the other hand, is very difficult to compare one type of project with the other.
How would you recommend to assess the cost-benefit analysis in an agnostic point of view, that make both types of projects comparable?
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Balanced score card model can be a way out. There are 4 dimensions: financial, customer, inernal process, learning and growth. Weightage can vary according to your priority. Hope that it helps.
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I am working on a project ''Evaluate the impact of environmental pollutants on mammalian cancer cells'', the cell line is U2OS, I have faced many problems like how to dissolve BPA without causing an effect on the cells, so I need help solving the problem, and if anyone has a good protocol that would be fine.
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without allowing our study be reduced to just rubber stamping of other people's findings. How do we ensure critical rather a mere descriptive discourse ?
What are the tips to highlight the originality of the research project?
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I totally agree with Dr. M. D.H. Prodhan and Dr. Abdelhameed Ibrahim. Really they hit the target.
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My project's survey includes 21 linker scale questions where; 1 = Not at all; 2 = Slightly; 3 = Moderately; 4 = Very; 5 = Extremely. I have gathered around 70 responses for each question and i would like to do a few correlations between questions to see if there is any relationship between them. The title of the research project is ’'Evaluation of Pharmaceutical laboratory ethics in Cyprus’’ and one of the hypothesis i would like to test is whether there is a relationship between the degree of work pressure and the degree of ethical issue in the laboratory departments of pharmaceutical companies.
How do i go about it ? Do i use parametric or non parametric tests?
What test/tests are ideal to compare the relationship of the two?
p.s Even though i know that one variable (degree of ethical issue) is dependent on the other (degree of work pressure), do i take it into consideration when i chose the test or i should I just assume that they are both independent?
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If I read your question right, you have a set of data and you are trying to find, whether the work ethics somehow depends on the work pressure. Thus, you are trying to prove these two are correlated, not dependent.
You may wish to use multiple regression and non-parametric tests, simply because the distribution of your variables is not known a-priori.
I strongly suggest you consult a good measurement textbook, such as Douglas W. Hubbard's "How to measure anything".
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National science funding agencies often seeking experts for reviewing national research proposals, to assist in the evaluationand project monitoring both as remote reviewers and as members of the expert panel. In Lithuania you can register to the RCL Experts Database here https://ekspertai.lmt.lt/naujas_eksp.php?Kalba=EN
Would you share similar links for other European countries?
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As shown by our experience in evaluating small projects (up to 1-2 million) - the implementer (both the CSO and the International Organizations) have neither the resources nor the capacity to make a high quality project evaluation. The result is a game of imitation evaluation:
The customer puts in ToR 20-30 evaluation questions (which he found in online) with no budget, with limit of 15-20 working day (including field mission), ask detailed methodology without access to project documentation etc.
The evaluator taking his standard offer, change keywords and use other tips to imitate tailor-made methodology. Later, as such calls usually for individuals, the evaluator is limit his/her work by interview and desk review without in-depth stakeholders analysis, triangulation etc.
Usually such project has no clear logical model, no any M&E system. So actually there is no any chance to talk seriously about efficiency and effectiveness at all.
But 80% of calls for proposals in developing countries are such.
Anyone familiar with any mechanism for organizing a high-quality evaluation of a small-scale project without profaning the process itself? Are there any publication or tools/standardized methodology solving such case? If not - Is there a demand for such a tool / methodology? Do you know professors who may be interested in such research and development?
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Haji Saediman thank you very much for your opinion!
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I would love to know if anyone has done a literature review or thesis related please assist with a link as I need materials for research and information gathering.
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Interesting ...
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Good project management is science or art?
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Both, it is science and art, sure of that.
Best,
Litart
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I have written two objectives, I really need your suggestions regarding these objectives, that whether they are looking specific and measurable or not.
1: to find out student teacher relationship while teaching speaking skills in large classes.
2: to investigate the attitudes of students towards leaning speaking skills in large classes.
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NO. They both need to be more of a specification and go into the variables involved.
1: still needs you to specify the types of relationship that you feel do exist, and how you are going to identify and measure the existence and levels of these relationships.
2: What attitudes do you think exist? How are you going to identify that these attitudes exist? How will you measure the intensity of these attitudes? What factors will be important?
For clarity, are you thinking that 1 and 2 are connected? Do you feel that the student to teacher relationship is a function of the students' attitudes to learning?
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There are many different projects and activities that aim to reconnect people to 'nature' in one way or another (e.g. forest schools, family bushcraft days, ecotherapy sessions, residential camps for teenagers, arts-based forest projects, etc). I'm interested in how these programs are currently evaluated and what criteria are used to determine whether or not they are 'effective'. I would be grateful for any references, websites, or personal experiences if you are willing to share them.
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Hi Gemma,
I love the questions you have posed on ResearchGate.  My colleagues and I have recently published on the evaluation of a wilderness camp program for recent high school graduates in the US.  We thought a lot about how to measure their nature knowledge and connection as well as the health benefits of the experience.  You might find our schema and findings useful. 
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A Project flows through multiple phases
how do we measure how Successful a Project was or is?
Can there be a framework or guideline defined?
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This is a really difficult question on how to measure the performance --> success of a project in general. On this topic there there are hudreds of project metrics.
From all the metrics, closer to customer perspective are those related to project success such as
Benefits achieved
Value achieved
Goals/milestones achieved
Stakeholder satisfaction
User satisfaction
There is a very good book dedicated on this topic
Project Management Metrics, KPIs and Dashboards by H. Kerzner, John Willey and sons. It worths taking a look.
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it has been evidenced that projects fail due to many factors, however poor risk management is the major cause. why?
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Planning is central to the success of a project. It is important to define what constitutes project success or failure at the earliest stage of the process. It is also essential to drill down the big picture to smaller tasks. So if risk management is poor, then definitely project failure may occur. 
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Several papers have been published related to culture or subculture. However how can the culture or subculture of a project team be characterised? Looking forward for any oppinion and/or publication in this topic.
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You might find this recent Springer publication of interest (although it looks at the specifis of managing diversity in the area of ICT projects): http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-81-322-2151-7_2 
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A lot of project managers still use Critical Path Method to schedule project while ignoring the fact that resource availability is constrained. This definitely will lead to unreliable schedule. Do you agree and examples
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CPM has two types of calculation. Forward path, backward path, then slack and then critical path. Most of the time while in paper solving, it is consider that nodes with 0 slack will be the critical path but in real scenario, it is totally different. There are no finite number of resources that include cost and time too. The project cannot be for unlimited time period. Along with the in real life schedules, we consider that nodes with minimum slack as 0 nodes are only possible in perfect schedules. 
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I am trying to find any literature that measured performance after a task in terms of percent correct. Specifically, I want to measure any decrement in performance from baseline and how long it takes to return to baseline, we expect recovery will be less than 10 mins. I feel that percent correct is the quickest and most accurate way to measure this, but would like to see what the literature says about number of trials to average over etc. Does anyone know of some research that has looked at this?
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Thank you all, this is very useful!
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I am working on a project to evaluate system quality (Usability, Maintainability, Reliability, ...) of aLearning Management System. I need to get a data-set for  a Learning Management System. Can any one help me?
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I have indulged in system quality/ LMS, but could you kindly clarify what do you really mean & envisage doing about data set towards LMS?  
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Devolution results in several changes in any given institution or country. What influence does this have on the project performance? Can any researcher with the publications in this area assist me?
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Devolution has generally positive impacts, but their nature strongly depends on the institutional setting and who is beneficiary of the devolution process. You can find some data on this publication on modes of governance in Europe: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/273413125_Policy_Delivery_Systems_and_their_relations_with_types_of_governance_models._A_research_report?ev=prf_pub
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Risk management influences project performance.How is risk management defined in relation to performance?
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I would start with defining what you mean by successful "project performance" then assess the risks in relation to that.  Experientially, successful project performance usually relates to on-time SCHEDULE achievement, within BUDGET and matched to QUALITY requirements (eg materials, workmanship).  Then assess the risks to each of those. 
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Other than the conventional BCR,NPV,IRR and Economic Surplus methods, what are other kinds/methods that one could use in assessing the benefits of a scheme/programme?
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None of the earlier answers stress this, but the key issue in assessing the impact of a project is to answer the question "compared to what?"  If the project is undertaken you want to compare the outcome to what would have happened if the project was not undertaken.  That, in turn requires that you formulate a "counterfactual' comparison, that describes the world in the absence of the project.  If, for example, you are considering a government infrastructure project the counterfactual must answer the question what would happen to government expenses and revenues in its absence: would the funds be spent by the government on another project? would taxes be lower, so that the money would be spent by private citizens?  Once you answer these questions you need to develop an appropriate economic model of the quantities you believe the project will affect and compare the actual outcomes to those predicted by the counterfactual.  
The specific model you use would depend on the circumstances, but could be an input output model, a Computational General Equilibrium model, or a partial equilibrium model.  There is no general right answer.  But there is a large literature on impact assessment for state and local governments in the US.
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I need some research articles on the above topic
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Dear Esther,
In addition to the response by Alfa, you might also wish to consider Emerald and Elsevier Publisher as they also list a number of Journals specific to ‘Project Management’ such as the ‘International Journal of Project Management’ published by Elsevier; the ‘Built Environment and Project Assets Management’; ‘Engineering Construction and Architectural Management’ also published by Emerald.
Most of the Universities have access to those publishers by paying some kind of fee which would enable Academic Staff free access. However, I’m aware that not all Universities subscribe to that which would pose as problematic when you want to research those areas. Notwithstanding, there are some journals that you could also get through ‘Open Access’. While you have not specified the context of your research, some journals are focused on ‘developing countries’ such as the ‘International Journal of Construction in Developing Countries (JCDC)’ which you could try. I’m attaching one of my articles as previously published under the same journal (JCDC). It’s in the area of ‘risk management’. I’m also attaching another on ‘barriers to risk management’ as published in the ‘International Journal of Construction Management’. While both articles are in the area of ‘risk management’, some studies have demonstrated linkages between ‘RM’ and ‘project performance'. Finally, the 'Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM)' maintains a data of past conference papers, and using the search engine with the appropriate keywords associated with your research area, you will be able to access and download quite a number of good articles. They also list some Journals of which you could at least read the abstracts just to get a feel of the current research.
Another option would be to search through ‘ResearchGate’ as some Authors (including myself) tend to upload their articles which you could easily download.
All the best with your research,
Nicholas
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My current research is to study success factors in IT projects, and root causes for IT projects failure as well.
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I think you need to classify the IT projects by their attributes such as country/region, industry, team size, project duration, budget, etc. Different project profiles may have different CSFs. Besides, there is an enormous body of literature on CSFs. The #1 CSF is always "management support".