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| November 18, 2015

Research Methodology Paper (100 points)

The format of this paper is as follows:

A. Instrument(s) and Techniques for Measurement
In the first section of the paper, locate a measurement; an existing questionnaire, test, or interview format or develop the measurement you will use to collect data about the variables defined operationally in Assignment #1. If you are planning to use an existing instrument, describe the instrument in this section and attach a copy as Appendix A. Using references, indicate how the validity and reliability of the measure were assessed the result of the assessment. Discuss the cultural competence of the instrument for use with diverse, oppressed or at-risk individuals/groups. If you plan to develop your own instrument, describe what the instrument should accomplish and develop 5-10 sample questions or items that will be included in the instrument.

Identify your independent variable(s) and your dependent variable(s). A description of how each variable will be measured should be included in this section. After reading this section, the reader will know the specific variables that will be included in the proposed study and most importantly how they will be measured.

Describe your plan for assessing the instrument’s reliability and validity and the applicability of the instrument in use with diverse, oppressed or at-risk individuals/groups.

B. Target Population and Sampling Approach
In this section, identify your target population (the group to whom the study’s results are expected to apply). Subjects can be individuals, families, groups, organizations, states, or countries, depending on the unit of analysis. This section will describe how the sample in the study will be selected. Explain in detail how you will draw your sample from this population. Address questions such as will volunteers be solicited, will there be a comparison group, how will the subjects be chosen? In addition to describing how subjects will be chosen, this section should provide a rationale for the selection approach taken. This rationale usually includes external validity requirements (i.e., the conditions necessary to generalize the findings to a particular target population). After reading this section, the reader should have a clear understanding of how subjects will be selected for the proposed research and of why they will be selected in that particular manner. The reader should also have a clear idea of the characteristics of the intended subject’s age, sex, ethnicity, education, SES, and other applicable related variables.

Provide enough detail to allow someone reading this paper to implement the approach. In this section, you should address such issues as:

1. Probability versus non-probability sampling approach;
2. Size of sample;
3. Justification of approach and size;
4. Detailed description of sampling process

C. Design for the Collection of Data and Use of Research Procedure
This section will describe the type of research design to be used. Will is be ethnography, case study, quantitative, qualitative, mixed methods, quasi-experimental, cross sectional or longitudinal? You should provide a detailed description of the data collection procedure you will use (e.g. survey, observation, existing data). Summarize the key features of your overall research design. Identify several (3-5) strengths and weaknesses of your study. Discussion of weaknesses should include consideration of threats to internal and external validity. After reading this section, the reader should have a clear understanding of the overall design of the study.

D. Consideration of Ethical Safeguards and Diversity Issues
In this section, identify the ethical and diversity issues posed by your research project. Describe how you would obtain authorization for the project from a “Research Ethics” Review Board. Clearly indicate how your research process will include safeguards that insure the safety and well-being of all participants. Also, discuss briefly how your proposal is sensitive to the concerns and perspectives of the cultural or social membership groups that you intend to study.
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SWK 540 SOCIAL WORK RESEARCH METHODS METHODOLOGY– 100 PTS
Excellent Satisfactory Needs Improvement

APA & Writing Quality
(5)

Paper includes title and reference pages. Paper consistently and flawlessly follows guidelines and APA manual for headings, spacing, in-text and reference list citations. Paper does not exceed 7 pages in length (excluding title page and references, and appendices). No spelling, punctuation, and/or grammatical errors are readily apparent
(5) Paper includes title and reference pages. Paper does not exceed 7 pages in length (excluding title page and references, and appendices). Paper follows guidelines and APA manual for headings, spacing, in-text and reference list citations, but several errors are evident. Paper contains several spelling, punctuation, and/or grammatical errors.
(2-4) Paper is missing title and/or reference pages. Paper lacks formatting for headings, spacing, in-text and reference list citations as recommended in guidelines and APA manual. Five or six errors are evident. Paper is riddled with spelling, punctuation, and/or grammatical errors.
(0-1)
Resources
(5)
The paper contains at least 3 documented resources to support content. Resources may consist of a variety of journals, texts, books, and internet resources.
(5)
o The paper contains less than 3 documented resources to support content. Resources may consist of a variety of journals, texts, books, and internet resources
o (2-3) There are 2 or less documented resources to support content.
(0-1)

Communication of knowledge –
Instrument
(25)
In describing the instrument you will use, all five of the following are included in this section: (1) the instrument is identified and described – it is noted whether this is an existing instrument or one you will develop (2) a description of how validity and reliability were assessed or will be assessed (if developing your own instrument) (3) issues of the cultural competence of this instrument are discussed – applicability to diverse and at-risk populations (4) independent and dependent variable(s) are identified (5) a description of how the independent and dependent variable(s) will be measured. If you are developing an instrument, a description of what the instrument should accomplish and 5-10sample questions or items are also included in this section.
(20-25) In describing the instrument you will use, three of the following are included in this section: (1) the instrument is identified and described – it is noted whether this is an existing instrument or one you will develop (2) a description of how validity and reliability were assessed or will be assessed (if developing your own instrument) (3) issues of the cultural competence of this instrument are discussed – applicability to diverse and at-risk populations (4) independent and dependent variable(s) are identified (5) a description of how the independent and dependent variable(s) will be measured. If you are developing an instrument, a description of what the instrument should accomplish and 5-10sample questions or items are also included in this section.
(10-19) In describing the instrument you will use, less than three of the following are included in this section: (1) the instrument is identified and described – it is noted whether this is an existing instrument or one you will develop (2) a description of how validity and reliability were assessed or will be assessed (if developing your own instrument) (3) issues of the cultural competence of this instrument are discussed – applicability to diverse and at-risk populations (4) independent and dependent variable(s) are identified (5) a description of how the independent and dependent variable(s) will be measured. If you are developing an instrument, a description of what the instrument should accomplish and 5-10sample questions or items are also included in this section.
(0-9)
Communication of knowledge –
Methodology –
subjects
(30)
All four of the following are demonstrated: (1) the sampling approach is indentified (2) choice of probability or non-probability sampling approach is discussed (3) size of sample is justified (4) detailed description of the sampling procedure is clearly presented so that it can be replicated by the reader.
(25-30) Three of the following are demonstrated: (1) the sampling approach is indentified (2) choice of probability or non-probability sampling approach is discussed (3) size of sample is justified (4) detailed description of the sampling procedure is clearly presented so that it can be replicated by the reader.
(15-24) Less than three of the following are demonstrated: (1) the sampling approach is indentified (2) choice of probability or non-probability sampling approach is discussed (3) size of sample is justified (4) detailed description of the sampling procedure is clearly presented so that it can be replicated by the reader.
(0-14)
Communication of knowledge –
Methodology –
design
(25)
All five of the following are demonstrated: (1) the type of research design is included (quantitative, mixed methods, qualitative, cross-sectional, etc); (2) the process that will be implemented is described in detail, clearly and logically so that it can be replicated by the reader; (3) resources are referenced in justifying choice of design and design procedures (4) 3-5 strengths and weaknesses of your study are addressed; (5) threats to internal and external validity are discussed.
(20-25) Three of the following are demonstrated: (1) the type of research design is included (quantitative, mixed methods, qualitative, cross-sectional, etc); (2) the process that will be implemented is described in detail, clearly and logically so that it can be replicated by the reader; (3) resources are referenced in justifying choice of design and design procedures (4) 3-5 strengths and weaknesses of your study are addressed; (5) threats to internal and external validity are discussed.
(10-19) Less than three of the following are demonstrated: (1) the type of research design is included (quantitative, mixed methods, qualitative, cross-sectional, etc); (2) the process that will be implemented is described in detail, clearly and logically so that it can be replicated by the reader; (3) resources are referenced in justifying choice of design and design procedures (4) 3-5 strengths and weaknesses of your study are addressed; (5) threats to internal and external validity are discussed.
(0-9)
Communication of knowledge –
Methodology –
Ethical and Diversity Issues
(10)
All three of the following are demonstrated: (1) the process of obtaining authorization for your research is described (2) safeguards included in your research design to insure safety, confidentiality, and well-being of your participants are discussed (3) the cultural competence and sensitivity of your research design is presented.
(8-10) Two of the following are demonstrated: (1) the process of obtaining authorization for your research is described (2) safeguards included in your research design to insure safety, confidentiality, and well-being of your participants are discussed (3) the cultural competence and sensitivity of your research design is presented.
(5-7) One of the following is demonstrated: (1) the process of obtaining authorization for your research is described (2) safeguards included in your research design to insure safety, confidentiality, and well-being of your participants are discussed (3) the cultural competence and sensitivity of your research design is presented.
(0-4)

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