RS003: Research Methodologies


Please check to see the attachment to complete this assignment (Rubric and Writing Check List)-. 


For this Performance Task, you will design a research proposal for a crime issue affecting your community or region (South Region of United States). Although you do not need to carry out the research proposal, it should be an implementable plan. The goal of this exercise is to allow you to look at criminal justice issues from the point of view of a researcher, examining the different facets of an issue that need to be taken into account to conduct research. This competency should expand your awareness of theories, designs, and methods that can be used to conduct criminal justice research, should you continue your studies at the doctoral level or be required to conduct research in your career.

An additional purpose of this competency is to deliver an executive summary of your research proposal. You will place yourself in the shoes of a criminal justice professional who must win buy-in for your research proposal by justifying its importance to a superior or another decision-making stakeholder. Your executive summary should be a synthesis of your proposal that allows your audience to quickly understand its purpose and goals.

Submission Length: One Research Proposal Template

Instructions (please see attachments)

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 Title of Your Research Proposal

Student Name

Walden University


 Statement of the Problem

In this section of your proposal, identify the crime that is present in your community. Identify what is not yet known about the relationships between that particular crime and its effect on the community. Describe the existing gap in the literature that your study would intend to address.

Research Question

State the research question the study would explore. It should be proposed in terms of the relationship between variables pertinent to the crime issue you identified.


Definition of Research Variables

Provide conceptual definitions of the key variables you need to measure.

Research Design

Provide a brief overview of the type of research design proposed (e.g., survey, experiment, analysis of existing data). Explain how you would measure each variable in your study.


Identify the target population (including size of the population and other demographic and socioeconomic conditions, if known). If you plan to use existing data, describe the population used. Describe the population in specific, concrete terms.


Explain how you would sample your target population and why you selected this method. Provide a justification for why the method is appropriate for the population and research question.


If you are creating your own survey instrument, provide a list of the survey questions you would ask your sample. If you are using existing data, be sure to provide evidence of reliability and validity and a description of the sample, concepts, and measures used in the original study. Also identify any limitations of the existing data.





Provide references to resources used here in an alphabetically listed, APA-formatted list. For example:

Barkan, S. E. (2009). The value of quantitative analysis for a critical understanding of crime and society. Critical Criminology, 17(4), 247–259. doi:10.1007/s10612-009-9085-9




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