Research design proposal- 10 scholarly resources- must be seven to


 For the Final paper, you will propose a research study related to health care. In each week of the course you crafted components of a proposed study. In Week 1, you examined types of sampling. In Week 2, you identified the topic and summarized the need for research. In Week 3, you conducted a Literature Review of the chosen topic’s previous studies, determining how much literature is already known about the topic. In Week 4, you determined the research question, the research design of the study, and provided a justification for the chosen design. You also determined what data type will be used and provided a rationale for that determination. In Week 5, you determined the population or sample to be used in the study and identified how and why the sample was obtained. You also identified and described the instruments you plan to use in the study. 


After reviewing instructor guidance on each of the components you developed in the previous weeks, you must incorporate the feedback and combine all sections into a completed Research Design Proposal. You must address each component of the proposed research study with critical thought using facts to support your plan.

Note: Since you are proposing a study, you will not have conducted any actual research and so will not include any data, data analysis, or conclusions drawn from data within the proposal. The “Conclusion” heading below is the conclusion of your proposal. Additionally, the “Methods” section of the proposal should be written in the future tense as the study will not have been conducted when you complete this paper.


Your Research Design Proposal must include the following headings and components:

  • Introduction (about one page): Utilizing the work you did in Week 2, introduce the research topic, explain why it is important, and summarize the need for the research. The introduction provides the background and context for your proposed study. This is where you will identify the need for the study and describe the general approach for the study.
  • Literature Review (three to four pages): In Week 3, you conducted a literature review of the published research on the chosen topic, including a minimum of eight peer-reviewed articles. In this section of your proposal, you must summarize the Literature Review, incorporating any revisions based on instructor and/or peer feedback. The focus of the Literature Review is to show support for your research focus by comparing and contrasting biostatistics research related to your topic, demonstrating a connection to theoretical frameworks, and examining cultural considerations in health care studies.

    In your summary, include the current state of knowledge on the topic, making reference to the findings of previous research studies, including any seminal work. Briefly mention the research methods that have previously been used to study the topic. Evaluate your selected medical studies based on the quality of the design, analysis, and interpretation of the results and assess the reliability, validity, and generalizability of the research findings. Reference any health disparities related to the selected topic. Some of your selected sources can support your choice of analysis method, but most should contribute theoretical approaches and findings that directly support your research question(s) and/or hypothesis(es). State whether your proposed study is a replication of a previous study or a new approach employing methods that have not been used before. Must use at least eight scholarly sources in addition to the course text. Be sure to properly cite all sources in APA style.

  • Purpose of the Study/Research Question: In Week 4, you identified the research questions (and/or hypotheses) that will guide your study. State your research questions and/or hypothes(es), making sure that they are clear, specific, and testable. Note that a hypothesis is a statement rather than a question, and is used to guide the biostatistical methods of analysis. Must use at least one scholarly source in addition to the course text.
  • Methods (two to three pages): The methods section needs to be clear and detailed. Describe the step-by-step processes you will use to collect and analyze data. This is similar to a cooking recipe that any reader could follow to replicate your study. Address the sample (if any), population, ethical considerations, proposed data collection tools (such as surveys), methods of analysis, and utilization of estimates and hypothesis testing to evaluate the research question and/or hypothesis. Must use at least one scholarly source in addition to the course text. The following subsections should be covered here:
    • Participants: Utilizing your work from Week 5, identify and describe the sampling strategy (if any) to be used to recruit participants for the study (e.g., random, systematic, multi-state cluster sampling, stratified, convenience sampling, snowball sampling, etc.). Estimate the number of participants needed, and explain why this sampling method is appropriate for the research design and approach. Explain how the sample will be obtained.
    • Design: Review your work from Week 4. Incorporate appropriate instructor and/or peer feedback, provide a feasible research design that utilizes appropriate methods to address the topic. Determine an appropriate research design and analysis that best tests your research question(s)/hypothesis(es), and indicate whether it is experimental or non-experimental. Evaluate the chosen design and explain why this design is feasible and appropriate for the topic and how it will provide the information needed to answer the research question(s). Apply the rigorous hypothesis testing steps used in biostatistical research that addresses assumptions and accepted protocol in quantitative research designs. Cite sources on research methodology to support these choices. Include a minimum of two peer-reviewed sources that directly support your data collection approach.
    • Variables: Review your work from Week 4 and incorporate the variables in the study. Describe the independent, dependent, mediator, moderator, and comparison variables as applicable to your study.
    • Data Analysis: Utilizing the information about the variables and data types from the Week 4 assignment, describe the nature of the data types and how you will compare and contrast the variables. Determine the analytical methods most appropriate for your study. Describe the analytical procedure you will use for the study and how it will be applied to analyze the data. Note that in research, data can be primary (i.e, the researcher collects the data) or secondary (i.e., the researcher uses data collected by someone else). Identify and describe the data you will be using in the research study. Include the rationale for your choice of data.
    • Procedures/Measures: Review your work from Week 5 and describe the instruments you plan to use in the study. If you are conducting a survey, include a minimum of seven questions you will ask. If you are introducing a variable, describe the collection method. Determine the statistical methods you plan to use in the study and explain why you chose the methods.
  • Conclusion (about one page): The conclusion section is used to briefly summarize the major points of the paper and reiterate why the proposed study is needed. In addition to your summary, please address the following:
    • Prepare a critique of your selected design approach. Evaluate limitations of the proposed study, such as sampling method, population, methods of analysis, generalizability, ethical concerns, and cultural considerations. Suggest future research.
    • Include your prediction of the International Review Board review level from your discussion post in Week 6.

Note: This is a research proposal. Do not conduct research or provide data in the proposal.

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