This paper forms part of the wider ongoing discussion on the issues and possible mitigating techniques present in empirical design research today. There are many methods which aim to develop rigour, validity and replicability. This paper brings these discussions together, drawing out a number of fundamental similarities in addressing the key barriers to success. These fall into an overarching theoretical framework from which common factors and issues can be identified. Finally an strategy is proposed for improving the standardisation and appropriateness of empirical information capture.