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The justification of a project is an argumentative exercise where the reasons for an investigation or a project are exposed, in it, the person responsible for the project establishes reasonable judgments about the meaning, nature and interest pursued by said work in the face to certain academic or social commitments.
These reasons should highlight the importance and relevance of the work. Relevance is related to how timely research is in the context in which it arises.
How to justify a project?
You should reach a maximum of one written page and answer the following questions:
- What is going to be done?
- Why is it going to be done?
- What is it going to do for?
- how’s gonna get done?
Since in this part of the research work, the reason for the study or the reason for its performance is expressed. It is necessary to have certain elements of importance to identify in it, such as: who benefits the project once completed, how it would benefit and at what time these benefits will become tangent.
It also highlights three key aspects in the development of the project:
- The Theoretical Aspect: it focuses on presenting the theoretical reasons that justify such research, that is, it should indicate the knowledge that the work will provide about the object that was investigated.
- The Practical Aspect: shows the applicability of research, as projected in society and identifies that person, organization or group of people will benefit from it.
- The Methodological aspect: indicates what type of contribution this research gives to other research done previously.
In summary, when raising the rationale for a research project, it should be made clear on what its importance is based, what benefits it generates and what its contributions are. In order to further observe and analyze if the research meets these criteria.
If it is concluded that the solutions obtained solve the problem, the investigation has practical utility and is therefore justified.
If the results generate new knowledge, then it has methodological utility.
According to some authors, the justification of the study should not be done with all these criteria, it is enough that it meets only one. However, there are mostly those who believe that the better and more abundant the justification, the better evaluated the research project will be.
Importance of the justification of a project
In this sense, it should be taken into account that the justification is the sale of the project and the capacity of the researcher, it offers the opportunity to generate benefits from the results of said project, if the justification is sufficiently convincing, the project can get help and sources of financing to not only stay in something embodied in paper, because it is an academic requirement or a latent idea.
To conclude and accommodate the attempt to put it into practice, it is a good idea to raise the benefits based on compliance deadlines, highlight short-term benefits, medium-term benefits and finally long-term benefits.