Content Analysis of Data Sets 9d1
explored using surveys as a data source. For this discussion, review the survey data sets available through the ICPSR, using either its published directory or its Internet site (linked in the Resources). Then respond to the following in your main post:
- Identify two data sets that might be used to study a research question in which you are interested.
- State your selected research question.
- Use the information in the ICPSR reports about them to determine whether the data set contains the relevant variables you will need to answer your research question.
- Enter key words for your research question into the Find & Analyze Data search field on the ICPSR landing page. A list of studies displays in the search return.
- You can filter your results using the filters listed on the left side of the page.
- You can navigate to the main Find & Analyze Data page from the ICPSR site's drop-down menu located in the upper right corner of the main page.
- Explore the issues of confidentiality and anonymity in terms of whether they are appropriately addressed.
- Examine whether the information provided was enough to ensure that all ethical guidelines were followed.
Content Analysis Strategy 9d2
select a current criminal justice or crime-related topic in your professional area of interest that has been the focus of news articles. Then respond to the following in your main post:
- Propose a content analysis strategy for this topic using newspaper articles or editorials as your units of analysis.
- Draft a problem statement for your selected topic.
- Identify your key independent and dependent variables.
- Define the population selection of the units of analysis, a sampling plan, and coding procedures for your key variables. You may use an article on this topic as the basis for developing your coding procedures test.
Reporting Research Results 10d1
use the Internet to locate two different examples of criminological research projects that have been completed. Then respond to the following in your main post:
- Describe how each study differs in its approach to reporting the research results.
- Explain to whom you believe the author (or authors) of each study chosen is reporting (that is, who is the audience?).
- Explore whether the predicted audience helped to shape the author's approach to reporting the results.
- Analyze from a rating standpoint the overall quality of the research conducted and the effectiveness of the writing and data collected.
- Outline the improvements you would you make, if any, to the studies you selected.