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Research notes template

Document your research findings and transform them into actionable insights

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Use this template to record qualitative research, synthesize your notes, and turn them into actionable insights.

Easily communicate and align on research outcomes by collecting feedback and observations in a shared, centralized location.

Research notes template benefits

  • Capture all your ideas and notes in a single, shared place
  • Add images, links, or other media to your mural to make your notes richer
  • Easily share your notes with team members and other stakeholders
  • Update your notes from anywhere using the Mural apps for iOS and Android, so everything stays current in real time

How to use the research notes template

To get the most out of the Mural research notes template, created by LUMA Institute, follow the steps outlined below.

1. Identify the research topic you want to analyze

The first step is to gather any research notes you have into the Mural template; then, transfer your content onto sticky notes, making sure to limit each sticky note to one idea.

2. Color code your sticky notes by theme

Once you’ve gathered the materials and organized the content into sticky notes, have your team come together and analyze the content, color coding each sticky note according to the key (or a modified version of the key that you define).

3. Cluster notes together by theme and discuss

Now that you’ve color coded your sticky notes, move them over to the discussion area and cluster them into groups according to overarching themes that you observe in the information.

4. Use your discoveries to drive next steps

Don’t lose the momentum! Take advantage of the progress you’ve made in translating your research notes into groups and themes, and press on to create action items and next steps with your team using another template from the LUMA System™, like the untangle a complex problem template — also free to use and edit.

Tips for running using the research notes template

To get the most out of the Mural research notes template, you should:

  • Make sure that your notes are pasted into the mural and curated appropriately, so that no more than one idea appears on each sticky note — this will make your analysis clearer and more impactful
  • Use Mural’s private mode to avoid groupthink when color-coding ideas with your team
  • Use tags for sticky notes and comments to help refine your groups and add any relevant context that may be of use

How to create a Research notes template

Mural makes it easy to quickly collect, analyze, and organize your research

With Mural, it’s easy to collaboratively curate and organize your research, get everyone’s input, and define concrete next steps.
Sticky notes & text

Sticky notes & text

Add ideas, action items, and more as a sticky note or text box — then change the colors and cluster to identify patterns and new solutions.

Asynchronous collaboration

Asynchronous collaboration

Innovate and collaborate effectively together without booking time on calendars.

Tags on sticky notes

Tags on sticky notes

Customizable labels make it easy to find, organize, and categorize your work in a mural.



Add comments and tag collaborators for smooth asynchronous communication.

Icons, GIFs, & images

Icons, GIFs, & images

Express complex ideas visually or lead an engaging team-building activity with Noun Project, GIPHY, and Unsplash integrations.

Infinite & resizable canvas options

Infinite & resizable canvas options

Choose the right canvas for your collaboration goals — flexibility without limits.

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Template by LUMA Institute


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