Completing Your Implications


When you reach the discussion chapter stage of your dissertation, most colleges require a section on the implications of your findings. While this may seem fairly simple, many templates only have vague information that can unnecessarily complicate the completion of this section. No need to worry, though, as this section will be a breeze to complete… as long as you understand the results of your study.

The reason for this caveat is: if you do not understand what you have found, then you may not understand the ramifications of said findings. As such, it is best to consult with your methodologist as to what your results actually mean. Once you are comfortable enough with the explanation of the results, you can begin your implications.

Implications are just a way of explaining why your findings are important to the field of study. Many students will want to provide lengthy narratives as to what the findings mean, and while this is not wrong, it barely scratches the surface of the importance of said findings. Essentially, you want to put a real-world spin on how your results have a practical effect. You want to accomplish this by not only talking about how your findings were either significant or not significant, but also by comparing and contrasting with studies in the existing body of knowledge. This is where you can return to your literature review, as most schools do not want you to include new information as your proposal has been approved. By drawing comparisons between your findings and the findings of previous researchers, you are effectively making an argument as to whether your research is aligned with the current academic thought regarding your topic, or whether your research has deviated from established thought and has allowed for new venues of exploration. If you belong to the latter, this is a good way to establish your recommendations for future practice and future research.

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