An impact analysis is the analysis and description of changes to or in an object (target object) due to another object (factor).
In an analysis in a research project or scientific work, a certain object is defined, actually or mentally disassembled and its components (elements) and characteristics (attributes) are described precisely and in detail. The impact analysis compares the condition before with the condition after. An example topic helps to understand the abstract: Effects of chocolate consumption on students’ motivation to learn – a systematic analysis.
How do I proceed with an impact analysis?
The impact analysis procedure is as follows:
- Define all terms first. These are all important elements of the object or system.
- Describe the known features with the help of reference books and studies.
- Design an overview of all relevant features. This is ultimately a model of the one object (learning motivation of students).
- Then do the same for the second object, the factor (chocolate consumption).
- Define the necessary data to describe the changes = effects (weight, happiness level etc.).
- Identify the possible data sources (literature or empirical sources).
- Evaluate the data sources and select the best ones.
- Design a procedure for obtaining the data.
- Collect the data, from literature or empirically.
- Analyze the data and draw conclusions.
- Describe the observed changes.
- References to the still unknown changes.
Why do I need to know how an impact analysis works? How does this help me?
It helps you with your thesis and in your life! You can use it:
- find an easy to work on topic instead of trying out many, losing time and patience and spoiling your start…
to formulate the research question and the goal cleanly instead of just approximately.
- build the model for the research instead of simply listing a lot of content from many sources in the text, without red thread.
- Define your research design with data, data sources, methods, etc. instead of starting first and then muddling through.
- Structure your entire research process along the impact analysis process instead of stumbling along.
- Quickly identify the sources for data collection instead of trying out many.
- Perform your analysis along the analysis model.
- Write your text smoothly, along intelligent questions instead of puzzling and hoping that it will somehow go through.
And in life? Every painful change in your life requires an analysis. So that it doesn’t become painful again.
What are the research question and goal of impact analyses?
The research question of impact analysis is generally:
What changes does object Alfa show AFTER the action of object Beta?
Example: What are the characteristics of student chocolate consumers? What are the characteristics of student chocolate consumers in terms of learning motivation?
The aim is to gain insight into the changes in object Alfa due to beta.
Is such an impact analysis a literature work or an empirical work?
This type of analysis is suitable for both. You can collect scattered knowledge in literature sources. Then it becomes a literature work or theoretical work.
But you can also collect and evaluate data yourself and close the gap. Then it is an empirical work. Of course, empirical work is more valuable. It doesn’t have to be more difficult than a literature work, by the way. Because collecting the data can be very time-consuming.
What tools and materials do I need for an impact analysis?
That depends on the nature of your work, whether it should be theory or empiric work.
In literature work you need a very good method to find the right sources and thus contents and arguments and to evaluate the sources. The Literature Review method is best suited for this purpose.
You look for scientific studies according to a proven scheme. These studies are your material, the previous knowledge as input for your text.
For the collection of data sources you need a tool for source evaluation. With our catalogue of questions you can reliably evaluate data and data sources to what extent they help you write your paper. The evaluation works like a sieve. In the end, the appropriate sources remain.
In the empirical work you need the mentioned methods of literature work and a few more methods and instruments.
You need data sources and tools to collect data such as questionnaires, survey forms or interview guidelines. There are standards for the content, structure, type of data documentation, etc.
But the most important thing when working scientifically is questions! In all possible variants. There is one big research question. Then there are detailed questions which break down the big research question. If you do interviews, there are interview questions. In the questionnaire there are questions with given answers. As a crowning finale, there are also micro questions for the chapters. You can use it to write 5 pages of text per day… Click here for more information.
What are the biggest challenges in an impact analysis in the Bachelor’s or Master’s thesis?
You must first find the gap, the unknown or little known changes. Remember the chocolate studios. You could also examine teachers or schoolchildren.
You need to find out what we know and what we don’t know, but WANT to know. Then you have to see if we CAN know that, if we can get the information at all.
You have to define the object of the investigation cleanly and define it with it. There are, for example, not THE students, but there are those who study sport or business administration, etc..
You don’t build a model every day either.
And then there is the seemingly awesome task of finding the data, evaluating it and drawing clever conclusions. In the beginning this looks worse than it is. But with a big excavator you can remove a big heap of earth in one day! It’s the same with the right methods of analysis.
What’s the best way to start?
Start with clean definitions of your terms and use only scientific sources, so no online sources, no lexicons. Example: Sustainable tourism should be defined with a reference book on the subject and not with an online source. You will find much more on the subject in the textbook.
You should also find descriptions and representations of the objects. With chocolate you would find a description of the characteristics and the ingredients and product variants such as chocolates etc..
Then come formulation of research gap and research question, goal of the work, the selection of the methods, the source evaluation, the acquisition and analysis of data and then writing the text. This is all fun when you see the end clearly in front of you. The end, by the way, is clear from the beginning with the aim of the work, namely a precise description of the characteristics you are looking for. That sounds feasible, doesn’t it?
How does the Aristolo Thesis Guide help with an impact analysis in the Bachelor or Master Thesis?
In the Aristolo Thesis Guide you will find detailed instructions for an impact analysis, with all steps and instructions, checklists, tools and examples. This will save you a lot of time, your results will be much better, your insights will be real and you will get a very good grade!
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