PS102Lecture6

PS102Lecture6 - Designing Scientific Political Research PS...

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Designing Scientific Political Research PS 102 Introduction to Political Inquiry Lecture 6
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Research Design The central organizing concept for this course Blueprint for a scientific research project Writing project that summarizes this course Contains SIX key elements: Review of relevant literature Theory and hypotheses to be tested The unit of analysis Sources of observable data Data-collection procedures Analytical procedures
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Choosing a Design Under Constraints Available time to collect data E.g. A time-series analysis of US General Elections? Available resources to collect and analyze data E.g. Measuring party platforms Ethical concerns With implications of results Forecasting potential terrorist groups? With treatment of research subjects IRB supervises risks to human subjects All designs have strengths and weaknesses Use multiple methods!!!
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The Goals of a Research Design Establish a relationship between two or more variables
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