Project C: Research
Project C will address
HOW you plan to go about answering your research question (research
methodology). Project C should include an extensive discussion of the research
methodology that you intend to use to study your topic. You will design a study
that would allow you to test your hypothesis. For some projects, a quantitative
design (i.e. survey) is the best choice while for other projects, a qualitative
approach (i.e. interviews) is more appropriate; some projects may incorporate a
mixed methodological approach. In particular, you should describe the sample;
including why you selected this sampling strategy and how you will generate
Project C Instructions
sources of bias in your sample. Describe any problems that you may encounter in
your design or procedures. In this project, you also need to outline the
measures you will include in your research design. How will you measure your
variables? A discussion of validity, reliability, and limitations should be
included. This project will be about five to seven pages and should include:
Who are you studying? (sample)
When are you studying? (time frame)
Where are you studying? (police department, courts, prison,
How will you collect the data? (survey, field research, secondary
What are some limitations/complications? (problems, ethical
Use Times New Roman script with a font size of 12 for the entire
The paper should be double-spaced.
Margins should be at least one inch all around.
The sampling method is described clearly and in detail.
Variables are clearly defined and operationalized. Issues of
validity and reliability are thoroughly discussed.
The data collection methods are described clearly and in detail.
Limitations are discussed in detail.
APA should be used for in-text citations and the reference page.
The research design paper should be well written and error free.
Use spell check and proofread paper for grammatical errors.
The paper should be written in a professional tone. Familiar
language (slang) should be avoided.
Use direct quotations sparingly (paraphrasing is encouraged) and
make sure quotes are properly documented.
Be as concise and clear as possible throughout your paper.
Each sentence should logically flow into the next sentence and
each paragraph should transition smoothly to the next paragraph.
Additional files or information:
Qualitative and Quantitative Methods http://www.jtpcrim.org/January_Articles/Qualitative_Vs_Quantitave_Richard_Tewksbury.pdf
National Archive of Criminal Justice Data http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/NACJD/ucr.html
Criminal Justice Statistics http://www.census.gov/govs/cj/
Data Analysis http://www.drtomoconnor.com/3760/3760lect07.htm
Qualitative Research Methods http://www.drtomoconnor.com/3760/3760lect06.htm
Center for Criminal Justice Research http://www.policyinstitute.iu.edu/criminal/