A pilot study is a small study conducted in advance of a planned project, specifically to
test aspects of the research design and to allow necessary adjustment before final
commitment to the research design. A study should not be simply labelled a 'pilot study'
by researchers hoping to justify a small sample size. Regardless of the research design,
quantitative or qualitative, the pilot study is an important part of the research design
process which should inform researchers about the best way to conduct the future, full
Join Jenny and Nikki from the #Otalk team in next week’s chat if you have experience of
using pilot studies, in the process of designing a pilot study or would like to learn more to
help you evaluate studies. We will be discussing;
1. What the term ‘pilot study’ means to you and what you think are the main reasons to
conduct a pilot study.
2. Your experiences of conducting, observing or taking part in a pilot study
3. Benefits observed from pilot studies
4. Challenges in relation to pilot studies
5. When you know if you have done enough piloting to execute a larger scale study