What is explanatory research? research methodology

What is explanatory research?

Explanatory research is an attempt to connect different ideas and to understand the different reasons, causes and their effects. Mostly the research is start from exploratory research, then descriptive research and then explanatory research.

Explanatory research is the attempt to find the question of why? 

What are the examples of explanatory research?

  1. Descriptive research can tell that 20% of the students are failed in exam. Explanatory research can tell that what is the reason behind this failure.
  2. Descriptive research answers that a computer system with more RAM have more speed. Explanatory research answers the question that why a computer system with more RAM have more speed as compared to computer system with less RAM.