research design and ethics
CPHS RESEARCH PROPOSAL
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This assignment is worth 20% of your final grade for this course. This assignment is to be completed INDIVIDUALLY. Here are a few pointers as you begin your last assignment for this course…
For this assignment, you will demonstrate your knowledge and skills that you have learned over the entire semester to create a proposal for an original research study. It is an opportunity for you to demonstrate that you can put research ‘all together’. That is, you will demonstrate your newly acquired skills and knowledge in forming a research question, measuring variables, applying sampling theory, incorporating ethical principles in your proposed study, etc. Be sure that your entire study is congruent (ie, your variables are congruent with levels of measurement; your levels of measurement are congruent with your statistical test, etc). There are pointers in the syllabus that give you helpful tips regarding how to fill out each section of the CPHS proposal. Remember, CPHS stands for the “Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects”, and this is a committee at each university that approves proposals for original research studies. Instead of writing a paper, most of these committees require you to complete a standard form (proposal) for your original study. This form will give them all the details about what you would like to do for your study, and the methods you will use to do it.
I have adapted this proposal form for the purposes of our class, and keep in mind that this proposal will just be submitted to me for a grade- it will not be sent to our TSU CPHS, nor will you have to go out and collect or make-up data for this assignment. It is simply a PROPOSAL.
At the end of your Literature Review paper, you should have identified future variables of interest for research studies, and one or two possible research questions, based on the gaps you found in the 6 articles. Your CPHS proposal research question must be related to the variables of interest from your literature review paper— DO NOT CHANGE TOPICS.
The first thing you need to think about for this assignment is a RESEARCH QUESTION. Remember, this question must be quantitative in nature, include 1-2 specific variables which must be measurable, and your question must be specific, testable, simple, and feasible. When you come up with your research question idea, I ENCOURAGE EACH OF YOU TO EMAIL ME YOUR RESEARCH QUESTION IDEA FOR FEEDBACK AND APPROVAL before you design your proposal around it. I will help provide feedback so that you can refine it, if needed. This is KEY to writing a successful proposal, as all the proposal information revolves around creating a strong research question. If your research question doesn’t make sense, is not quantitative, or is not measureable, your entire proposal will not make sense.
Once I approve your research question, you can begin completing the information on the CPHS proposal form. Before you begin completing the CPHS proposal form, be sure to read the syllabus CAREFULLY! In the syllabus, you will find all the instructions about the required content and documents that are required for your proposal. You will type your answers directly onto the CPHS proposal form (found on blackboard), and you will submit (via the “Submit CPHS Proposal” link, below) your completed CPHS form. Every section of the CPHS proposal form MUST be completed; type your answers into the GREY box for each item, and answer all parts of the question in that item. You will also upload your Informed Consent form (templates are provided to you on blackboard), as well as your Instrument/Measure. For an example, if your proposal included a study on changes in self-esteem among older adults in an assisted living facility after “X” intervention, and you are using the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale as your measure of self-esteem, I need you to include a copy of this standardized scale in your email to me, along with your CPHS proposal and Informed Consent form. If you have designed a survey to operationalize your measure, you will create that and upload. I will need all of these documents (CPHS proposal, Informed Consent form and your measure/instrument) submitted by the due date.
FACULTY SPONSOR: >>insert Instructor name here<<
PROPOSED PROJECT END DATE:
Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects
(CPHS Research Proposal) Application for
Investigation Involving Human Subjects
A. DATA COLLECTION DATES:
B. Human subjects description:
1. Age range:
2. Approx. number:
3. Gender composition:
C. Project Summary: (provide 3-5 sentences that give an overview of your proposed study [similar to an abstract])
1. Background and Significance
Provide a brief portion (1/2 page to 1 page in length) of your literature review, to provide a rationale for your proposed study. Include at least 3 citations (in 7th edition APA format) of your peer-reviewed journal article sources. (Note: You MUST attach a References page to this proposal)
2. Specific Aims
A. What is your research question? Hypothesis?
B. What are your specific variables, and their levels of measurement (nominal, ordinal, scale)?
C. Provide an operational definition for each of your variables.
3. Research Method, Design and Procedures
A. Describe your research methodology and design; Is this an exploratory, descriptive or experimental study? Which specific type of research design are you going to use? What are the specific threats to validity of your study? Explain HOW these are threats.
B. Provide step-by-step description of procedures and how they are to be applied: How are you going to collect your data? How will the data be analyzed (i.e., which statistical test do you plan to use to analyze the data)?
C. What are participants asked to do? When and where are they to participate? How long will it take to participate? Describe type of research information gathered from participants (i.e., data being collected).
4. Instruments for Research with Human Subject
A. Describe the instruments to be used: What are the constructs your instruments are measuring? How
are the instruments scored? What are the strengths and weaknesses of your instrument(s)
regarding validity and reliability?
B. Explain how your instrument or specific items on the instrument will answer your research question.
C. If using a previously published scale/instrument, give information about the original author of the
scale (full name, agency/university association, email, phone number or physical address), whom
you would contact to ask for permission to use for your research.
5. Human Subject Source and Selection Criteria
Describe the procedures for the recruitment of the participants (provide step-by-step detail):
A. Describe relevant characteristics (demographics) of participants in your sample.
B. Where and how participants are drawn for subject selection criteria. Coercion or undue influence
needs to be considered and eliminated.
C. The specific type of probability or non-probability sampling technique used. Explain how your
chosen sampling technique will be carried-out.
D. Criteria for inclusion and exclusion for sample participants, and provide rationale.
6. Informed Consent
A. Describe procedure for obtaining informed consent.
B. Explain how your informed consent and/or assent document is culturally sensitive.
7. Confidentiality or Anonymity
A. Will participation be confidential or anonymous? Explain.
B. How data will be collected and recorded?
C. Where will data be stored?
8. Research Benefits & Incentives
A. Are there any anticipated benefits (direct or indirect) to participants? Explain.
B. Describe incentives (if any) for participation.
A. Describe any foreseeable risks to the subjects, whether physical injury, psychological injury, loss
of confidentiality, social harm, etc., involved in the conduct of the research.
B. Describe the specific contact information of organization(s) for professional treatment that you are
going to provide to the participants on the Informed Consent.
(Note: The researcher cannot be listed as a referral source in the case that the participant
experiences injury or harm).
10. Other Sites or Agencies Involved in Research Project
A. Indicate specific site research will take place (e.g., school districts or school, clinics, agencies, etc).
B. If your proposed research would take place at a location other than TSU, describe how you would obtain permission to conduct study at a partnering location/agency, and describe who you might obtain permission from at that location/agency.
This proposal is for class purposes ONLY!!! 3
(This proposal will NOT be submitted to an IRB committee)
HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR PROPOSAL
Submit CPHS Proposal (and required attachments) HERE (due April 29)
Click on this link to submit your CPHS Proposal, and required associated attachments. Once you click on the link, upload these files in either microsoft word format (.doc or .docx) and/or pdf format (.pdf). If extra credit SPSS file is uploaded, that file should have file extension “.sav”:
1-CPHS Proposal in Microsoft Word document format,
4-References page, and
5- (optional extra credit) SPSS data file [define variables in “Variable View” tab ONLY].
Any documents uploaded in the incorrect format will NOT receive a grade for this assignment.
Do NOT upload any internet links or web pages!