Describe what you plan to actually do and the kind of research you will conduct.

Describe the subjects (people or objects, e.g. texts) for your study, considering carefully the type and number you need. Explain your method of selecting your
sample.Describe the population and how the sample will be drawn. Discuss the subject(s) in relation to your research question or hypothesis, to availability, and to your
research design. That is, you need to identify the subjects and make clear whether they will be available and how you will reach them. This section typically answers
the following questions: Who or what will you study in order to collect data? Is it appropriate to select a sample from a larger pool? If so, how will you do that? How
do these subjects relate to your research question(s)? How you will identify members of the population and how you will select the sample. What sampling method are you
using? How many people will be included? What geographical area are you focusing upon?
c.     Measurement
.Describe the kinds of measures you intend to use and explain why you have selected these (have they been used previously?).  A discussion of measurements generally
considers the following questions: What are the key variables in your study? How will you define and measure them? Do your definitions and measurements draw on or
differ from those of previous research in this area? You want to consider whether you will use concurrent, retrospective, direct or indirect product measurements or
some combination of these. Your research question should guide you in your selection.  Your conceptual and operational definitions of the variables in your hypothesis
will be clearly stated in this section.
Remember a conceptual definition provides an idea regarding the concept; a operational definition is specific to how the concept will be measured. For example:Conceptual: Success: one’s ability to succeedOperation: Success is measured by no recidivism and/or reduced disciplinary infractions.
Conceptual:  Inmate: A person who is incarcerated.Operational:  Inmate: A male or female between the ages of 18 and 65 incarcerated for a minimum of 5 years/maximum of 55 years in a NYS correctional Facility.
d.     Data-Collection Methods
.Describe what you plan to actually do and the kind of research you will conduct. Your data-collection methods obviously need to be consistent with your researchproblem, your subjects and your measurements. This section typically considers whether you will utilize surveys, 1:1 interviews, secondary data analysis, enthnography,
etc.  If you are conducting a survey or interview, please attach your questions as an appendix.  If you are conducting an ethnograpghy, please attach your field notes
as an appendix.
6.     Pilot Study
PILOT STUDY:  Now, you will have the chance to conduct a very small research study, also known as a pilot study.   You can choose a survey, a 1:1 Interview or an
Observation.  Remember, this must be related to your proposal and approval must be given by your professor.
Designs – Pick oneA.      Survey Research
1.     Design a survey with at least 10 questions, but no more than 15.  Please submit your survey to your professor before you distribute it.  You can survey people
about any criminal justice topic. .  For example, you may want to know how people feel about the death penalty or you may want to know what people think about the
2.     Pick your sample.  Decide who you want to survey.  Make sure your unit of analysis is consistent with your hypothesis.  Will you stand in the lobby and ask
every 5th student to complete your survey, will you survey students in a particular class, etc.  These decisions must be made well ahead of time.  You must have 15-20
people in your sample.