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Assessment

Assessment

  • Introduction: Start your proposal by presenting “the problem being investigated, the importance of the study, and an overview of your research strategy. Use the literature to support your statement of the problem.”
  • Background of the Problem
    • What do we know so far about the area of the literature that you reviewed?
    • What do you think we need to know to advance the knowledge base?
    • How will this new knowledge serve the stakeholders (scientists, care providers, families, patients, institutions) that may in turn be served by implementation of new developments?
  • Statement of the Problem
    • Identify the gap in research or the need for additional research in your area.
  • Purpose of the Study
    • Why does the problem deserve new research?
    • Are you resolving inconsistency in previous research? Extending the reach of a theory? Solving a social problem?
  • Significance of the Study
    • Describe the significance of the proposed investigation by explaining how the results promise to advance the scientific knowledge base. In three sentences or fewer, explain how this inquiry is original.
  • Research Question(s)
    • Articulate whether the research question is a qualitative or a quantitative question and provide a rationale. For quantitative research questions, include your hypothesis or hypotheses.
  • Definition of Terms
    • For a qualitative study, the definition of terms should relate to how the participants should interpret the definitions.
    • For a quantitative study, the definition of terms should relate to how the variables will be quantified.
  • Research Design
    • Discuss the method and how the question will be answered. Be sure to make mention of the relevant APA Code of Ethics, but not how you intend to address them. How you will address the codes and ensure they are adhered to will be covered in Chapter 3.