Part I: What Do You Need?
Your problem statement, research questions, and hypotheses help determine the types of data you need to collect for your applied research project. Thinking about your own research study, answer the following questions:
· What are the main research hypotheses or questions you would examine by conducting your proposed research study?
· What information would you need to collect in order to test each hypothesis or answer each research question? Explain this for each hypothesis/question.
· What research subjects or units would provide the most relevant information to address the research hypotheses/questions? Why?
· What type of data would you need to collect (qualitative, quantitative, or both) to address you stated hypotheses? Explain.
· What data collection tool(s) would you use to address the problem: experimental pre/post tests, surveys/questionnaires, in-depth interviews, observations, content analysis, focus groups, and/or existing data? If proposing more than one data collection tool, explain why you would need each.
Part II: What Research Method Fits?
Once you decide on a research hypothesis and the type of data needed to test the hypothesis, you then must decide on the most appropriate research method for your proposed study. Primary research methods include but are not limited to: experimental or quasi-experimental designs, correlational and survey research, field research/observation, existing data research, and evaluation research (process or outcome evaluation). Which method would you use for your study? Integrate discussion of the readings into your post, providing support and rationale for your research method selection.