The preliminary project is a project proposal where the fundamental lines that are intended to be developed later in the project are drawn or sketched.
Its purpose is to organize ideas and begin to define the objectives. In this sense, because it is a previous version, not definitive, it is flexible and can be modified if necessary, without this entailing a great waste of time.
Preliminary projects are used in different areas where it is necessary to present a first brief and simple version of what is intended to be done, investigated or approved.
Thus, for example, the preliminary project may refer to the set of previous works for the realization of an architectural or engineering work.
Similarly, in the field of law, a preliminary draft may also be the first succinct and provisional drafting of a law or program. In this sense, the preliminary draft is the initial proposal that will be subsequently revised, debated and modified to become a project.
Likewise, the preliminary project is also the previous step in the drafting of a research project, where the main problems, topics and objectives of a work to be developed are outlined.
In a research process, the preliminary project is the previous step, the preliminary version, the outline, for the development of the research project. In the preliminary draft, the most basic lines or topics that are intended to be developed in the project are drawn and schematized.
The preliminary draft is a text that allows the researcher to start organizing his ideas, clarifying doubts and defining goals, as well as developing a work program. A fundamental characteristic of the preliminary draft is its flexibility, since, as it is not a definitive document, it allows the possibility of reorienting or modifying it if necessary.
In the preliminary draft the problem around which the research will be posed, as well as its objectives and theoretical foundations, is already established. If possible, the hypothesis, background and bibliographic references will be included in it. It is usually a brief and succinct brief to be discussed and modified. Once this stage is over and the rigorous adjustments have been made, the researcher can move on to the next stage: the elaboration of the final project.