What is the relationship between poverty and drug abuse?

    A research proposal is a written paper that describes a research problem and proposes a set of procedures or methods to collect empirical evidence to answer the studys research questions.  Propose a topic for a study for which findings would provide knowledge for social work practice or knowledge of social work practice.  The paper must include hypotheses and a rationale for the hypotheses.

    Cover Page
    Abstract
    Table of Contents

    Introduction
    Background
    Problem Statement
    Significance of Problem
    Purpose of paper
    Research questions, null hypotheses, alternative hypotheses
    III.              Literature Review

    Theory
    Methods
    Approach: Quantitative, Qualitative, or Mixed Methods
    Study Design (cross-sectional, experimental, ethnography, etc.)
    Research Questions
    Null Hypothesis, alternative hypothesis
    Study Variable
    Independent Variable
    Dependent Variable
    Conceptualization variables
    Operationalization variables
    Sampling
    Sampling approach and technique
    Sample size
    Engagement
    Recruitment
    Retention
    Data Collection (time, place, setting, etc.)
    Method of data collection (survey, focus groups, etc.)
    Setting
    Consent procedures
    Ethical guidelines
    Human Subject Protection
    Data Analysis (Proposed Topic)
    Strengths & Weaknesses of Proposed Study
    Impact on Study Subjects
    Methodological limitations and strengths
    Feasibility
    Contribution of Study to Social Work
    Implications
    Practice
    Research
    Policy
    Appendices
    References

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