Week 3: Research Question: Developing an Answerable Question Designing a researc

Week 3: Research Question: Developing an Answerable Question
Designing a research project can initially be a daunting task. But, understanding the building blocks that are needed in a research project can help the project be less overwhelming. The first step in a research project is formulating an answerable research question that is drawn from a research problem.
Problem formation—identifying the social work problem and its research question—is of crucial importance, because all other steps of evidence-based practice (EBP) rely on a good research question. Posing a specific question is defined first with reference to a client-oriented, practical problem. This week, you begin the process of identifying a social work problem and crafting a research question.
Learning Objectives
Students will:
Identify a social work problem to research
Analyze key components to building a research question
Develop an answerable research question
Learning Resources
Required Readings
Monette, D. R., Sullivan, T. J., DeJong, C. R., & Hilton, T. P. (2014). Applied social research: A tool for the human services (9th ed.). Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole.
Chapter 4, “Issues in Problem Formulation” (76–101)
Lipowski, E. E. (2008). Developing great research questions. American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy, 65(17), 1667–1670.
Document: Developing an Answerable Research Question Worksheet (Word document)
Discussion: The Research Question
Before you start developing a research question, you first select an appropriate topic for scientific investigation. Selecting a problem will take creativity; you may consider searching social work concepts of human behavior or possibly personal experience or expertise. For example, if you are interested in exploring intimate partner violence you may want to explore if there are programs that are effective at decreasing violence or preventing violence.
For this Discussion, you discuss the importance of refining a research problem, and then you identify a population, intervention, and outcome you would like to explore for this course.
By Day 3
Describe the importance of refining a research problem in conceptual development.
Identify a client problem, intervention, and outcome you would like to research.
Explain the importance of developing a clear and specific research question.
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