Ursula Hurley, Director of the Doctoral School, University of Salford, United Kingdom
Thank you for the recent webinar, which was well attended and has received excellent feedback. We see the Idea Puzzle software as a great support for PhD candidates during this period of enforced online learning and as such we would like to formalise it as part of our training offer for the coming academic year.
Josep Ribalta Vives, Director of the Doctoral School, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Spain
In times of a hurry to publish that may threaten the necessary reflection of a research project, a tool like the Idea Puzzle software, that brings order to research ideas, appears very appropriate.
Patrícia Rosado Pinto, Director of the Doctoral School, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, Portugal
The support that PhD candidates and supervisors can find in a tool such as the Idea Puzzle software lead NOVA Doctoral School to offer this resource that, in our opinion, has a solid theoretical framework and an undeniable usefulness, not only for the research design, but also as a roadmap for the thesis supervision and as a guide for the preparation of its defense.
José Santos, Vice-Rector, Universidade da Maia, Portugal
The Idea Puzzle software is a must-have tool because it poses 21 pertinent questions that PhD candidates must answer at the beginning of their doctoral journey. It helps them structure their project and think about important details early on.
E. Alana James, Book author and founder of Doctoral Net, United States of America and Ireland
The Idea Puzzle software is a series of questions that, when taken iteratively, cement your ideas for your proposal. You will come to fully understand the philosophy behind the research you are designing.
Cristina Parente & Lígia Ferro, Supervisors and Research Methods Teachers, Sociology, Universidade do Porto, Portugal
Our students repeatedly commented that using the Idea Puzzle software contributed significantly to their understanding of the meaning of the multiple and interrelated dimensions of the research project process. In addition, they applauded the functionality of having an automatic evaluation of their input into each section/piece of the triangle - allowing them to control the development of the project design, as well as to decide which points they should invest more time into to build the final “puzzle” (i.e., visual representation) of their research project.
Helena Moreira, Supervisor of the Idea Puzzle Prize Winner 2015, Psychology, Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal
With this project, Maria João Gouveia obtained a PhD Scholarship in the 2014 individual PhD grants contest of the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology, having been ranked 1st place on the national list of Psychology. Her project obtained the classification of 4,975 values in 5. I also followed Maria João Gouveia during the process of using the Idea Puzzle software and could witness its relevance for the clarification of several issues related with the project's research design.
Riina Kerner, Idea Puzzle Prize Winner 2021, Management, Estonian Business School, Estonia
The Idea Puzzle software is an excellent tool that assisted me in considering all my ideas under the philosophy of science umbrella. It also helped me advance to the next steps of my Ph.D. studies. After winning the Idea Puzzle Prize, I was nominated for the best PhD candidate at my university.
Pablo Delgado, Idea Puzzle Prize Winner 2020, Engineering, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain
The Idea Puzzle software is a powerful tool that helps you clarify your research ideas. It was very useful to organise the whole research design of my doctoral thesis and find its weakest and strongest points.
Gabriela Rangel Rodríguez, Idea Puzzle Prize Winner 2019, Psychology, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain
The Idea Puzzle software facilitates a rigorous and harmonious process of research design and decision-making.
Jaume Gardela, Idea Puzzle Prize Co-Winner 2018, Veterinary, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain
The Idea Puzzle software gave me the opportunity to focus my research design and to make it more logical and coherent through the 21 questions.
Rui Alvites, Idea Puzzle Prize Co-Winner 2018, Veterinary, Universidade do Porto, Portugal
The Idea Puzzle software helped me visualise the various components and phases of my research project in a different and more philosophical way.
Leonardo La Rosa, Idea Puzzle Prize Co-Winner 2017, Communication, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain
The Idea Puzzle software helped me shorten the parts of my research project which were overdeveloped (such as the literature review) and focus my efforts on those which were underdeveloped (such as the methodology and sample). After winning the Idea Puzzle Prize, I won the Outstanding Thesis Award at my university.
Sara Soares, Idea Puzzle Prize Co-Winner 2017, Medicine, Universidade do Porto, Portugal
The Idea Puzzle software provided me with a holistic visualisation of my research project, namely in terms of strengths and weaknesses.
Maria Cabral, Idea Puzzle Prize Winner 2016, Medicine, Universidade do Porto & Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, Portugal
The Idea Puzzle software allowed me to reflect and clarify ideas about my research design which may reveal crucial in its future implementation.
Maria Gouveia, Idea Puzzle Prize Winner 2015, Psychology, Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal
With Idea Puzzle software it was possible to learn, clarify, and relate several questions about my research project in a very concrete and operational way.
Cláudia Melo, Idea Puzzle Prize Winner 2014, Psychology, Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal
The Idea Puzzle software allowed me to reflect about several philosophical and conceptual questions that I had not thought through.
Ana Cardoso, Idea Puzzle Prize Winner 2013, Information Systems, Universidade do Minho, Portugal
Halfway through my PhD, I changed my initial decisions and used the Idea Puzzle software to validate them in an articulated way.
Catarina Lélis, Idea Puzzle Prize Winner 2012, Design, Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal
The Idea Puzzle software allowed me to consolidate the various aspects of my research project and to understand the relationships between them, namely in terms of methodology.
Jonathan Darsey, PhD Candidate, International Affairs, Georgia Institute of Technology, United States of America
You are providing a very valuable service helping PhD candidates learn the art and science of good academic research, and for that I am very grateful. I am particularly grateful because the Idea Puzzle software has helped illuminate areas where I need to build my skills / knowledge vs. areas where I have transferrable experience from my previous experience as a strategy consultant for global businesses.
Luis Mateus, PhD Candidate, Architecture Drawing, Geometry and Computation, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal
With the 21 questions of the Idea Puzzle software I could understand what was missing and redesign the process, including steps that I was not even considering. The improvement in terms of quality was enormous. After that, I felt confident that my thesis was robust and logically consistent. The grade I received from the jury was the best possible: very good with honours. One the compliments of the jury was precisely that my thesis was consistent and robust.
Narcis Gardella, PhD Candidate, Geography, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Spain
I have used the Idea Puzzle software upon finishing my dissertation, so for me it has been more of an evaluative tool rather than a prospective tool. Nonetheless, I found the Idea Puzzle software very useful as a checklist once having completed my research work and as a preparation for my viva. On the other hand, the Idea Puzzle software has had me summing up 80.000 words into 21 bullet points! It was a bit of an effort, but well worth it: I am finally able to tell anyone in three minutes what my dissertation is about and what are its most important points and contributions.