Hypotheses, Data Considerations, and Study Variables
Part I: In this last unit of the course, you will incorporate what you have learned thus far and prepare the initial sections of an applied research proposal. Based on this week’s readings, explain three critical characteristics of sound research questions.
Remind your classmates of the research problem you are proposing to study and post at least three potential hypotheses you could test in your study. Incorporate what you learned from the readings in terms of the format of the hypothesis, and identify your key independent and dependent variables.
Part II: Describe the general approach (qualitative, quantitative, or mixed methods) you will take in your research proposal. Fully explain why you chose this approach and how it is the most effective way to test your proposed study hypothesis or hypotheses.
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Part I: The three critical characteristics of sound research questions is: 1. ensuring the question addressing the key elements or concerns of the research that is being conducted, 2. they are precise and specific, and 3. ensure the type of data that will be used or collected in the research is identified (Denscombe, 2012).
My research problem is studying how more human traffickers can be identified and arrested. 3 general hypothesis that I could have used in my research study are 1. The presence of a human trafficking task force will increase the number of identified human traffickers, 2. A relationship among a human trafficking task force and health care providers will lead to an increased rate of identified human traffickers, and 3. the hypothesis that I chose for my research topic, a multi-agency partnership between the Phoenix Human Trafficking Task Force, NGO's, health care providers and the hospitality industry can lead to more human traffickers identified and arrested.
Part II: For this hypothesis, I went with a quantitative approach. Quantitative data will be used and gathered from arrest rates over the course of six months while the human trafficking task force used a multi-agency approach with one or more of the outside agencies and services and compared to arrest rates prior to the established relationships. The reason I chose to use a quantitative approach is my study is most interested in the relationships between the human trafficking task force and outside agencies or services as it relates to identifying more human traffickers. In order to determine if my hypothesis is correct, existing data needs to be compared against new data which would require a quantitative approach.
Descombe, M. (2012). Research proposals: A practical guide. McGraw-Hill Education.