Criminal Justice Research Project

Project C: Research Design

Project C will address HOW you plan to go about answering your research question (research methodology). Project C should include an extensive discussion of the research methodology that you intend to use to study your topic. You will design a study that would allow you to test your hypothesis. For some projects, a quantitative design (i.e. survey) is the best choice while for other projects, a qualitative approach (i.e. interviews) is more appropriate; some projects may incorporate a mixed methodological approach. In particular, you should describe the sample; including why you selected this sampling strategy and how you will generate your sample.

Project C Instructions

Discuss possible sources of bias in your sample. Describe any problems that you may encounter in your design or procedures. In this project, you also need to outline the measures you will include in your research design. How will you measure your variables? A discussion of validity, reliability, and limitations should be included. This project will be about five to seven pages and should include:

·  Who are you studying? (sample)

·  When are you studying? (time frame)

·  Where are you studying? (police department, courts, prison, college)

·  How will you collect the data? (survey, field research, secondary data)

·  What are some limitations/complications? (problems, ethical issues)


·  Use Times New Roman script with a font size of 12 for the entire document.

·  The paper should be double-spaced.

·  Margins should be at least one inch all around.


·  The sampling method is described clearly and in detail.

·  Variables are clearly defined and operationalized. Issues of validity and reliability are thoroughly discussed.

·  The data collection methods are described clearly and in detail.

·  Limitations are discussed in detail.


·  APA should be used for in-text citations and the reference page.


·  The research design paper should be well written and error free. Use spell check and proofread paper for grammatical errors.

·  The paper should be written in a professional tone. Familiar language (slang) should be avoided.

·  Use direct quotations sparingly (paraphrasing is encouraged) and make sure quotes are properly documented.

·  Be as concise and clear as possible throughout your paper.

·  Each sentence should logically flow into the next sentence and each paragraph should transition smoothly to the next paragraph.

Additional files or information:


·  Qualitative and Quantitative Methods

·  National Archive of Criminal Justice Data

·  Criminal Justice Statistics

·  Data Analysis

·  Qualitative Research Methods

·  Center for Criminal Justice Research


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