Research Proposal Revision
Look ahead at the requirements for the CJ598 Research Project due in Unit 6.
Review your CJ525 instructor’s feedback based on the preliminary research proposal that you submitted in Unit 6 of CJ525. You will now begin to revise your proposal based on this feedback as well as the information and materials presented throughout the unit. After considering feedback and these materials, you will expand the literature review and methods sections of your proposal and add a new section discussing the influence of organizational behavior on your proposed research.
As you expand the literature review in this unit and again in Unit 6, consider whether the studies you have already reviewed specifically address your problem statement, research question, and hypothesis. If not, locate additional research that focuses directly on the problem and the research question you are attempting to address with your study. Consider the following:
· Does your research question/hypothesis fill a gap in the research that has not previously been explored? If not, how can you expand or revise your project so that the study would provide a significant contribution to the field?
· After learning about what scholars have discovered about your topic, should your research question or hypothesis be changed? It is common for researchers to revise some or all of their research questions/hypotheses based on the information learned during the literature review process. Consider how you might refine your research hypothesis/question to reflect what you have learned from the literature.
Revise your research proposal by completing each of the following:
· Initial Revisions: Turn on Track Changes in Microsoft® Word® to edit your proposal and display all the changes that you make during Unit 1. You will submit the assignment showing your edits to the proposal with Track Changes turned on. Address any feedback from your CJ525 instructor and from information provided during the first unit in CJ598. Be sure that all sections of the proposal previously required for the CJ525 Unit 6 Assignment are included. Refer back to the CJ525 Unit 6 Assignment instructions to review those requirements.
· Organizational Behavior: Add a new section between the problem statement and literature review that discusses issues related to organizational behavior and day-to-day management in your study setting. In particular, discuss the theoretical principles of organizational behavior, as outlined in the unit readings. Identify which of these principles apply to the study setting in your proposed research. For example, can your study site be characterized as having a centralized administration? This is a characteristic that can have a distinct impact on data collection and interpretation. After identifying each of the organizational behavior principles that apply to your study site, describe the organizational culture in your study setting in terms of individuals, groups, leadership, management, goals, and values. Explain how the organizational culture could influence your data collection and interpretation of results, discussing steps you could take to overcome these potential obstacles.
· Literature Review: Add a review of five additional research studies (for a total of at least 10 altogether) to the literature review section of your proposal. Be sure to select sources that present original research reported in peer-reviewed sources. As outlined above, try to locate articles that directly address your stated problem and research question/hypothesis.
· Research Design: Based on the information from Unit 1, add the two new sub-sections referenced below to your research design (also known as the methods section of the research proposal). You will add these to the elements to those you previously created in this section for CJ525 (research purpose, study variables and conceptual definitions, research hypothesis, research goals, data approach, and ethical considerations). The new sections should include the following:
· Operational Definitions: (Add after the study variables and conceptual definitions you already developed): Fully operationalize each of your independent and dependent variables, ensuring that the attributes for each are mutually exclusive and exhaustive. Identify the level of measurement you will use for each variable. For example, if your dependent variable is recidivism, for purposes of your study, you might decide to operationalize the variable as the number of criminal convictions an offender receives within 12 months of program completion, which is a ratio level of measurement.
· Validity and Reliability: Discuss potential threats to face validity, content validity, criterion-related validity, and construct validity in your study and explain how you could design your study to avoid these threats. Consider how your operational definitions might impact the validity of your measures. Finally, discuss how you could address threats to reliability in your proposed study. Identify steps you could take during data collection to improve the consistency of measurement across study subjects and how you would evaluate the reliability of your study.