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a strategy that directs a researcher in planning and implementing a study in a way that is most likely to achieve the intended goal.
case study design an investigation strategy involving extensive exploration of a single unit of study, which may be a person, family, group, community, or institution, or a very small number of subjects who are examined intensively. The number of variables is usually very large.
cohort design longitudinal design.
cross-sectional design a research strategy in which one or more group(s) of subjects are studied at one given point in time.
experimental design a research design that eliminates all factors that influence outcome except for the cause being studied (independent variable). All other factors are controlled by randomization, investigator-controlled manipulation of the independent variable, and control of the study situation by the investigator, including the use of control groups.
longitudinal design a research strategy in which one or more group(s) of subjects in various stages of development are examined simultaneously with the intent of inferring trends over time. The assumption is that the phenomenon under study progresses with time. Called also cohort design.
methodological design a process used to develop the validity and reliability of instruments to measure constructs used as variables in research.
nonequivalent control group design a study design in which the control group is not selected by random means.
partial correlation design a design developed to eliminate the influence of a third variable on a relational pattern by holding it constant mathematically, so that the magnitude of the relationship between the two remaining variables can be determined.
path analysis design a design to determine the accuracy of a theoretical model: a hypothesized causal model is developed from the theoretical model and the major variables within it are measured and relationships among them determined; regression analysis is used to determine whether the data are consistent with the model.
survey design a design in which data are collected with questionnaires or through personal interviews with members of an identified population.
time dimensional design an investigation strategy for the examination of sequence and patterns of change, growth, or trends across time; see also prospective study and retrospective study.
trend design a research strategy to examine changes in the general population in relation to a particular phenomenon by means of data collected at predetermined intervals of time from different samples selected from the general population.


(1) See Design configuration (clinical trials).
(2) A design for an application to support an action on electronic records (eClinical trials).


See Double-masked design, Enrichment design, Experimental design, Masked study design, Open design, Rational molecular design, Single-masked design, Structure-based design, Universal design, Zelen design.


1. To devise, plan, or contrive.
2. the act or result of designing.
[L. designo, to appoint, designate]


v 1. to plan or delineate by drawing the outline of a proposed prosthesis.
n 2. the graphical and artistic representation of a plan.

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As a consulting company, eProcess has allowed us to reduce the time and cost of Process design projects for our clients.
It is now possible to economically convert discarded wood into a clean burning, sustainable alternate motor fuel," said Randy Kramer, president of KL Process Design Group, a design firm that has been working in corn ethanol.
With thousands of customers involved in analog and mixed signal design world-wide and many of them involved in high voltage applications, the release of this process design kit offers easy and reliable access to this advanced high voltage process" comments Paul Double, Managing Director of Tanner EDA's European distributor EDA Solutions.
When combined, these methodologies enable greater concurrency between product and process design, shorter design-to-product cycles, increased productivity and greater innovation.
InConcert's Process Design by Discovery not only works behind the scenes to capture processes as they occur, but provides tools for analyzing and improving processes once they are fully understood.
He has more than 50 published papers and conference presentations to his name and his research interests are in the fields of nonlinear dynamics and integration between process design and process control.
We proved to the jury that there were a number of design defects in the system, designed and engineered by Process Design Associates, Inc.
We are pleased with the result of this collaboration between TSMC and Mentor Graphics in the development and validation of the Mentor process design kit," said Ed Wan, Senior Director of Product Marketing and Design Services at TSMC.
Parsons nuclear waste process design and system fabrication specialists in Aiken, South Carolina, and Pasco, Washington, along with our team partner, Battelle's PNWD, are eager to begin design development and testing to optimize the CSL and NTCR technologies," said Gug Sresty, Senior Vice President responsible for Parsons' DOE-related services.
L-Sim in Java will add the analytical rigor to process design tools prior to process deployment, to ensure optimum flow rules, resource allocation and prioritization of work.
Pepperweed consultants are nationally recognized for their ability to provide optimal, hands-on IT process design and implementation," Reinsel said.
AUSTIN, Texas -- TeamWorks Recognized as Comprehensive BPMS for Rapid, Iterative Process Design

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