1. Is the activity a systematic investigation designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge?
A systematic investigation involves a plan to study a specific topic, answer a specific question, test a specific hypothesis, or develop a theory. It incorporates the collection of quantitative or qualitative data, or specimens, and analysis.
Generalizable knowledge is knowledge gained from a study that may be applied to populations beyond the specific study population, used to inform policy, and/or may be disseminated through presentations and/or publications.