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Running head: DESCRIPTIVE RESEARCH1Name:Institution:Course:Date:2Descriptive ResearchDescriptive research is used to explain features of a phenomenon or population understudy. It addresses the question what. For instance, a possible research question can be, whatare the features of a phenomenon or population under study?. It is pertinent to note, however,that descriptive research is not useful on the basis of causal variable relationships, in instanceswhere one of the variables under study impacts significantly on the other variable under the samestudy (Knupfer, 2012).Descriptive research is a crucial tool of examining variables in public administration.First, it can be used in the field of public health to determine various causes and explanations fora higher incidence of certain illness in one community or location over another. In such cases,information is obtained from the primary source without altering the environment under study(Kothari, 2013).Secondly, descriptive research can be used to describe situations through observationmethod, sometimes called field observation. Observation method is further divided intolaboratory and naturalisti

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