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Feb 20, 2008 The process of doing social science research o Writing research questions o Questions about some aspect of society that you seek to answer by collection and analysis of data Many possible sources Theory Prior research Researcher’s observations and personal experience Any purpose (for questions) Exploratory and descriptive -> who, what, when, where, how many Explanatory -> why Evaluation -> combination (questions) May yield either quantitative data or qualitative data (or both) o What is the research question? o Do mandatory arrest policies prevent future incident of spousal abuse? Might make them angry Might make them be fixed Might make them lose their job o What makes a research question “good”? o 1. Feasibility : you can start and finish an investigation of your research question with the resources that you can obtain and in the time that is available o 2. Social importance : your research question will address an issue that you feel is important and that will make a difference in the discipline of criminology/sociology or be important for public policy Has to be useful to society o 3. Scientific relevance : your research question is grounded on what others have
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