How to write a good dissertation: the results

(Part IV)

In this section we will look at the arrangement of the Results Chapter of your dissertation. It is an important stage in the preparation of theses and dissertations, because this is your opportunity to present the results from your primary research, and to show whether the research project has achieved its aims and purposes.

The most important thing about the Results Chapter is the arrangement of the actual results. Even if your results are outstanding and you made some interesting findings throughout the research, they are not going to look significant unless you present them in a clear and consistent manner. The results chapters can be arranged differently, depending on your research design, and the specifics of the project.

Most dissertation writing service experts agree that the best way to approach the arrangement of the results is to follow your research design. For example, if you used questionnaires, divide the results by themes. Choose several themes, which ideally should be linked to your research aims, and use them to create the different sections of the Results chapter. For each theme, present the results. Remember, this is not an analysis chapter and here you are not supposed to analyse the validity or the achievements of your research. Here the main goal is to show what you have discovered. For each theme, make sure you include brief paragraph explaining the results – it is natural that you will not be able to fit everything in a paragraph and this is not the idea of the Results Chapter. Concentrate rather on the interesting or revealing parts of the research, and mostly those, which are directly related to your research aims. For example, if you have found particularly high or low response from a specific segment of the participants on a particular issue, make sure you mention this. It is recommended that you use tables, diagrams, and charts for the results section. After each theme, provide a breakdown of the results, with the exact numbers that you have received. This will make it easier for your tutor to follow, and is a neat and organised way for presentation of data.

If your questionnaire is short, and consists only of several questions, there is no need to group the findings by themes. In this case it would be much easier to provide an explanatory section for each and every question. Give the question, and explain the results observed. Provide the relevant tables and charts below your explanation.

The same applies for interviews. Interviews are normally short, and consist of several open-ended questions. Give the results for each and every question in a separate section. For interviews there is no way to provide tables or charts because the data is not numeric. You can however, cluster your results around some similarities in the responses of the different participants. This will also help you detect trends in the results obtained.

It is important that you clearly separate the results obtained through different tools, if you are using more than one tool. Make sure you have separate sections for the results from the interviews, and the questionnaires, or the case studies – depending on what you have chosen as your research tool/s.

At the end of the chapter, wrap it all up concentrating on the pivotal findings of the research and make the connection with the next chapter – the data analysis.

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