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Research Proposal
Here is the final outline for the research proposal. The research proposal is the final project for the class. There is no page limit for this assignment. Grades will be based on content not the amount of text. Use the notes provided below when forming your response. There is no set format but I would suggest you take advantage of headers.
Under section 5, the hypothesis and it’s theoretical contribution, there may not be one. If your research has more applied contrition list that instead.
1. A summary or abstract; this should give the heart of the research project in a nutshell.
2. Problem statement: What is the research question?
a. Concisely state how does the research promise to make a contribution to the scholarly literature relating to some issue with a history and a future, using a method that will be effective and accepted.
b. Summarize the research’s potential broader implications
3. Possible significance to scholars working on other problems
i. ii. Possible relevance to policy issues
4. Review previous studies regarding the topic
a. Important recent work on main theoretical questions
b. Historical background of theoretical questions
c. Important recent work on general empirical issues
d. Best work on specific research questions, both regarding the hypotheses and the data
e. Literature review should aim at a dialogue with the past work, putting into context, identifying relevant limitations, inconsistencies, and opportunities for extension
f. Should locate the research within an area in sociology and a program of past research, clarifying the theoretical and empirical traditions that shape and motivate the research
g. If the research has relevance for policy issues, these should be examined (critical for funding proposals)
5. Theory and Hypotheses:
Research Proposal
Here is the final outline for the research proposal. The research proposal is the final project for the class. There is no page limit for this assignment. Grades will be based on content not the amount of text. Use the notes provided below when forming your response. There is no set format but I would suggest you take advantage of headers.
Under section 5, the hypothesis and it’s theoretical contribution, there may not be one. If your research has more applied contrition list that instead.
1. A summary or abstract; this should give the heart of the research project in a nutshell.
2. Problem statement: What is the research question?
a. Concisely state how does the research promise to make a contribution to the scholarly literature relating to some issue with a history and a future, using a method that will be effective and accepted.
b. Summarize the research’s potential broader implications
3. Possible significance to scholars working on other problems
i. ii. Possible relevance to policy issues
4. Review previous studies regarding the topic
a. Important recent work on main theoretical questions
b. Historical background of theoretical questions
c. Important recent work on general empirical issues
d. Best work on specific research questions, both regarding the hypotheses and the data
e. Literature review should aim at a dialogue with the past work, putting into context, identifying relevant limitations, inconsistencies, and opportunities for extension
f. Should locate the research within an area in sociology and a program of past research, clarifying the theoretical and empirical traditions that shape and motivate the research
g. If the research has relevance for policy issues, these should be examined (critical for funding proposals)
5. Theory and Hypotheses:
a. What is the project’s theoretical contribution?
i. Consider both the narrow and big questions
ii. Consider both the relatively certain contribution and the less certain but potentially higher pay off possibilities
iii. Will the research extend previous research on the topic?
iv. Will it fill gaps in the existing research literature?
v. Will it resolve disputes among scholars working in the substantive area?
b. Translate the theoretical issues into telling hypotheses about the data to be gathered
i. Ideally, hypotheses should distinguish competing arguments
ii. Hypotheses normally should be derived from theoretical arguments, not appear as simple empirical projections or common sense predictions
iii. Clarify what assumptions are implicit in the research design
6. How, where and when will you conduct your research?
a. What methodological approach will be used? Why?
b. What kinds of evidence (data) will you gather?
i. Variable conceptualization
ii. Measurement
iii. Means for observing and collecting data
c. Sampling
i. What is the sampling plan?
ii. Why is this an optimal sampling plan?
d. What are the logistical plans (as relevant)?
i. Locating the sample
ii. Acquiring the data
iii. Getting relevant permissions
7. How will you analyze the data?
a. Be concrete about what the data will look like and what you will do with it
b. The aim is both to give a clear description of the intended data analysis and to convince the reader that the authors are sufficiently knowledgeable about the relevant data analysis techniques and issues that they will successfully overcome the unanticipated problems sure to arise.
c. This section should anticipate the potential issues good scholars are likely to raise.
8. What is the anticipated value of the empirical research?
a. What are the explicit goals for the research project?
b. What specific questions will it investigate?
c. What do you expect to find? Why do you expect that?
d. How will the research show you are wrong in your assumptions or your arguments if you are wrong? Why are the results you expect very unlikely if your theoretical position is wrong?
e. What are the limitations of this planned project?
9. What is the practical plan?
a. Schedule for project (time for each stage and when expect to complete)
b. Budget and means of funding
c. Anticipated practical or logistical problems and means of solving
d. Approval by human subjects board?
10. Discussion/Conclusion
a. Summarize the key points of your proposal. Lead the reviewer through the high points of your proposal. Remind them why you want them to choose your project.
11. IRB Application
a. Complete a mock IRB application form and attach with proposal. (http://www.lincolnu.edu/web/irb/irb-form) Since this is a webform you will need to retype the information in Word. You DO NOT need to keep the same formatting as the website. Format the application however you wish, I suggest headings and tables can be useful. The focus here is on the content of your response; nit the formatting of the form.
b. Sample consent form
12. Budget
a. Completed budget worksheet and narrative: I will have this attachment available later this week.
1. Bibliography

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