• April 20th, 2016

Developing Research for Policy

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In this exercise we ask students to identify a national security policy question that is of interest and is amenable to research, then develop and justify a research strategy. Students will consider:

how to identify a policy question that is amenable to research?
how to design a study, including defining the outcome of interest, and explanatory variables?
what research designs might offer useful information about the outcome of interest?

In this exercise you are asked to:
• Identify a research question related to national security policy
o This means you must choose a topic that relates to any dimension of
security, and develop a question that is can be answered using the application of empirical research methods
• Identify a theory related to your research question;
o This can be a theory that is widely used by other researchers, or it
could be a theoretical proposition you have developed yourself
• Develop a research design developed from this theory
o The design must follow from the research question: in particular,
ensure that you understand the precepts of your epistemological approach.
Specifically, your task is to choose any ONE of the following research designs, and discuss how to test a hypothesis based on each of these designs: an interpretivist design, a true experimental design, a quasi-experimental design, and a correlational design (including a comparative case study design).
Be sure to discuss the following:
(1) What is the research question, and what is the theory you are
testing?
(2a) If choosing a positivist approach, what are your hypotheses, and how are these connected to the theory you’ve chosen?
(2b) If choosing a positivist approach, how will you measure your dependent and independent variables? Are these valid measures?
(3a) If choosing an interpretivist approach, what data will you use?
(3b) If choosing an interpretivist approach, how will you interpret this data? (4) What are the weaknesses and strengths of your research design? What will this approach NOT be able to tell us?
Be sure not to simply copy and paste lecture notes or assigned chapters. Rather, use your own words as much as possible, and discuss the weaknesses and strengths of your research design with reference to your own specific research question, and proposed measurement and research design.
NOTES:
• You are welcome to choose a research question and theory of interest to you. Think about the areas of security policy interest you had coming into the class, and areas of research we have covered through the semester.
• Your response must have three sections, with each clearly headlined:
(1) Section one: research question, theory (and hypothesis, if using positivist approach)
(2) Section two: research design one
(3) Section 3: Discussion of the strengths and weaknesses of your research design
• You do not need to have a section reviewing the existing literature. But it will be useful to do at least some literature review so that you can understand what theories, ideas and hypotheses exist, how variables are measured, and how previous scholars have designed research related to your question. In particular, I’d recommend you review what theories or hypotheses have been developed by scholars.
• You do not need to discuss the feasibility of the design you propose. In other words, you are not assessed on whether your proposal design is feasible or not. But try to propose a realistic design if you, as this will make the exercise more useful to you.
• This assessment task is designed to test:
(1) Your knowledge of various research designs for causal and interpretive thinking;
(2) Your understanding of problems of measurement and interpretation in positivist/intepretivist approaches in social science research.
( try to explain the theory on the first 500 word.
what type of date you are using.
tell the reader what you are going to do in the introduction.)
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