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Social Science

This assignment will give you real hands-on experience writing a real research proposal! This 

will help prepare you for possible roles as a Creator of research or a Contributing Partner in 


Now that you are trained in research ethics, research design and have ideas about the next steps 

for research in your area of interested based on your literature review, you are ready for the next 

step: The research proposal! You will define a specific research question that emerged from 

your literature review, and develop a research study to address that question. 

Note: The CPHS Research Proposal will only be turned-in to Instructor as an assignment for 

this course, not to the Institutional Review Board! The research study you design for your 

proposal will not involve actual data collection!

Go to Blackboard to the CPHS Research Proposal tab, and download the proposal form. Follow 

the instructions to complete the proposal carefully. Download the form to your computer and 

type-in the required information for each section directly onto the form next to/below each item 

(you SHOULD use single spacing in order to save paper). Do NOT type answers on a separate 

Microsoft word document). 

 (Note: Remember to “save” this to your computer as you work on it, since it is a Microsoft word 

document). On the due date, you must submit your completed proposal and additional required 

documents (Informed Consent, Instrument[s], References page, etc) as attachments via the 

assignment link through Blackboard by 5:00 p.m. The attachments can be uploaded in either 

Microsoft Word format (“.doc” or “.docx”), or “.pdf” format. No other formats will be 


After I have graded your proposal, I will post your grade, and will also insert the grading rubric with 

feedback and comments, which can be accessed in your MyGrades tab next to the score. The rubric 

used to grade this assignment can be found under the “Rubrics” tab on Blackboard. Please review the 

grading rubric for this assignment prior to beginning and uploading your work. 

Fill out ALL required information (note: some items on proposal ask multiple questions)! Read 

the CPHS proposal carefully! 

Details you need to know to complete this proposal successfully: 

Instructor is listed as the ‘Faculty Sponsor’; Your name (first and last name) as the 


Page #1: 

For part ‘A’ and ‘B’, fill out the info according to your ‘hypothetical’ research study. Although 

you won’t really be collecting data, fill this out with specific info as if you would really carry it 

out. Remember to fill out part ‘C’ (this section should be almost like an ‘abstract’, with a few 

sentences about your study. Do NOT make-up false ‘findings’ here). 

Under ‘Background and Significance’, you will include a brief literature review, which should 

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come from your previous Literature Review assignment. Remember to CITE your sources in the 

text (at least 3 peer-reviewed journal articles from your Literature Review assignment, and use 

correct APA format); this section should be approximately 1Ú2 page to 1 page, single-spaced. 

You must also attach a ‘References page’ to the proposal (this References page should include 

ALL sources cited in the “Background and Significance” section). 

Page #2: 

Under ‘Research Method, Design and Procedures’, be SPECIFIC when you discuss your 

research design! Stating only exploratory, descriptive/quasi-experimental or experimental will 

NOT be sufficient. You must describe the specific design after stating which of the three main 

type your study is (for example, ‘one-group pre-test/post-test design’, ‘longitudinal case study 

design’, etc). Describe your IVs and DVs. Describe the specific statistical test you will use to 

analyze the data. 

Under ‘Instruments for Research with Human Subject’, you must type-in information about the 

scale/instrument/measure you are going to use to measure your DVs. Describe the validity, 

reliability, how many items, what construct it operationalizes, as well as how to score it. Also 

remember you MUST attach a copy of your scale/instrument/measure to the CPHS proposal. 

You MUST also attach any flyers (if applicable) you would use to recruit participants for your 

study. If you are using an instrument/scale that had been previously published, you must 

describe who the author is, and their contact information (in real life practice, you would have to 

get permission to use from the original author of that scale/instrument). 

Under ‘Informed Consent’, type-in the box how you will obtain informed consent (and Assent, if 

dealing with children). Remember to ATTACH your informed consent/assent to your CPHS 

proposal! Remember—this form should contain all information for a person to decide if it is in 

his/her best interest to participate in your study. It should include specific information as 

required as outlined in Belmont Report (respect for persons, beneficence and justice). 

Page #3: 

Under ‘Confidentiality’, describe how your data will be collected to maintain the ‘anonymity’ of 

participants OR ‘confidentiality’ of participants. Your study must take ONE of these 

approaches—NOT both! There is a difference between confidentiality and anonymity (see class 

notes and textbook). Describe which approach you will use, and how you will achieve that. 

Under ‘Research Benefits’, discuss the benefits that participants will experience AS A DIRECT 

RESULT OF YOUR STUDY. If there are incentives, describe those as well. Remember there is 

a difference between ‘benefits’ and ‘incentives’. If there is no direct benefit to participants, 

remember the wording we discussed in class (i.e., “Although there are no direct benefits to 


Under ‘Risks’, put a lot of thought as to what types of physical, cognitive, or emotional 

discomfort might be experienced by participants as a direct result of participating in your study. 

DO NOT WRITE “There are NO risks”. There is ALWAYS some type of real or emotional risk. 

Make sure you are specific here. Describe in this section what type of contact info/resource will 

be provided to participants in the event they feel discomfort (this info should also go into the 

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Informed Consent). Do NOT put your phone # as a resource (this would make a ‘dual’ 

relationship, and you don’t want to be both researcher role and practitioner role during your 

study). For example, you can provide participants with the phone # to Crisis Hotline in the case 

they feel emotional discomfort, or whatever agency referral is appropriate based on your 

participant sample/issue. 

Under ‘Other sites or Agencies involved in Research Project’, you do NOT have to create a fake 

letter to an agency from which you are going to get access to participants (i.e., health clinic, 

public school, etc). Instead, type in information about WHICH agency you would like to access 

participants from (if your study calls for that). Who would you contact for permission at that 



This assignment is worth 20% of your final grade for this course. This assignment is to be completed INDIVIDUALLY. Here are a few pointers as you begin your last assignment for this course…

For this assignment, you will demonstrate your knowledge and skills that you have learned over the entire semester to create a proposal for an original research study. It is an opportunity for you to demonstrate that you can put research ‘all together’. That is, you will demonstrate your newly acquired skills and knowledge in forming a research question, measuring variables, applying sampling theory, incorporating ethical principles in your proposed study, etc. Be sure that your entire study is congruent (ie, your variables are congruent with levels of measurement; your levels of measurement are congruent with your statistical test, etc). There are pointers in the syllabus that give you helpful tips regarding how to fill out each section of the CPHS proposal. Remember, CPHS stands for the “Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects”, and this is a committee at each university that approves proposals for original research studies. Instead of writing a paper, most of these committees require you to complete a standard form (proposal) for your original study. This form will give them all the details about what you would like to do for your study, and the methods you will use to do it.

I have adapted this proposal form for the purposes of our class, and keep in mind that this proposal will just be submitted to me for a grade- it will not be sent to our TSU CPHS, nor will you have to go out and collect or make-up data for this assignment. It is simply a PROPOSAL.

At the end of your Literature Review paper, you should have identified future variables of interest for research studies, and one or two possible research questions, based on the gaps you found in the 6 articles. Your CPHS proposal research question must be related to the variables of interest from your literature review paper— DO NOT CHANGE TOPICS.

The first thing you need to think about for this assignment is a RESEARCH QUESTION. Remember, this question must be quantitative in nature, include 1-2 specific variables which must be measurable, and your question must be specific, testable, simple, and feasible. When you come up with your research question idea, I ENCOURAGE EACH OF YOU TO EMAIL ME YOUR RESEARCH QUESTION IDEA FOR FEEDBACK AND APPROVAL before you design your proposal around it. I will help provide feedback so that you can refine it, if needed. This is KEY to writing a successful proposal, as all the proposal information revolves around creating a strong research question. If your research question doesn’t make sense, is not quantitative, or is not measureable, your entire proposal will not make sense.

Once I approve your research question, you can begin completing the information on the CPHS proposal form. Before you begin completing the CPHS proposal form, be sure to read the syllabus CAREFULLY! In the syllabus, you will find all the instructions about the required content and documents that are required for your proposal. You will type your answers directly onto the CPHS proposal form (found on blackboard), and you will submit (via the “Submit CPHS Proposal” link, below) your completed CPHS form. Every section of the CPHS proposal form MUST be completed; type your answers into the GREY box for each item, and answer all parts of the question in that item. You will also upload your Informed Consent form (templates are provided to you on blackboard), as well as your Instrument/Measure. For an example, if your proposal included a study on changes in self-esteem among older adults in an assisted living facility after “X” intervention, and you are using the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale as your measure of self-esteem, I need you to include a copy of this standardized scale in your email to me, along with your CPHS proposal and Informed Consent form. If you have designed a survey to operationalize your measure, you will create that and upload. I will need all of these documents (CPHS proposal, Informed Consent form and your measure/instrument) submitted by the due date.




FACULTY SPONSOR: >>insert Instructor name here<<


Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects

(CPHS Research Proposal) Application for

Investigation Involving Human Subjects


1. From:

2. To:

B. Human subjects description:

1. Age range:

2. Approx. number:

3. Gender composition:

C. Project Summary: (provide 3-5 sentences that give an overview of your proposed study [similar to an abstract])

1. Background and Significance

Provide a brief portion (1/2 page to 1 page in length) of your literature review, to provide a rationale for your proposed study. Include at least 3 citations (in 7th edition APA format) of your peer-reviewed journal article sources. (Note: You MUST attach a References page to this proposal)

2. Specific Aims

A. What is your research question? Hypothesis?

B. What are your specific variables, and their levels of measurement (nominal, ordinal, scale)?

C. Provide an operational definition for each of your variables.




3. Research Method, Design and Procedures

A. Describe your research methodology and design; Is this an exploratory, descriptive or experimental study? Which specific type of research design are you going to use? What are the specific threats to validity of your study? Explain HOW these are threats.

B. Provide step-by-step description of procedures and how they are to be applied: How are you going to collect your data? How will the data be analyzed (i.e., which statistical test do you plan to use to analyze the data)?

C. What are participants asked to do? When and where are they to participate? How long will it take to participate? Describe type of research information gathered from participants (i.e., data being collected).




4. Instruments for Research with Human Subject

A. Describe the instruments to be used: What are the constructs your instruments are measuring? How

are the instruments scored? What are the strengths and weaknesses of your instrument(s)

regarding validity and reliability?

B. Explain how your instrument or specific items on the instrument will answer your research question.

C. If using a previously published scale/instrument, give information about the original author of the

scale (full name, agency/university association, email, phone number or physical address), whom

you would contact to ask for permission to use for your research.




5. Human Subject Source and Selection Criteria

Describe the procedures for the recruitment of the participants (provide step-by-step detail):

A. Describe relevant characteristics (demographics) of participants in your sample.

B. Where and how participants are drawn for subject selection criteria. Coercion or undue influence

needs to be considered and eliminated.

C. The specific type of probability or non-probability sampling technique used. Explain how your

chosen sampling technique will be carried-out.

D. Criteria for inclusion and exclusion for sample participants, and provide rationale.





6. Informed Consent

A. Describe procedure for obtaining informed consent.

B. Explain how your informed consent and/or assent document is culturally sensitive.



7. Confidentiality or Anonymity

A. Will participation be confidential or anonymous? Explain.

B. How data will be collected and recorded?

C. Where will data be stored?




8. Research Benefits & Incentives

A. Are there any anticipated benefits (direct or indirect) to participants? Explain.

B. Describe incentives (if any) for participation.



9. Risks

A. Describe any foreseeable risks to the subjects, whether physical injury, psychological injury, loss

of confidentiality, social harm, etc., involved in the conduct of the research.

B. Describe the specific contact information of organization(s) for professional treatment that you are

going to provide to the participants on the Informed Consent.

(Note: The researcher cannot be listed as a referral source in the case that the participant

experiences injury or harm).



10. Other Sites or Agencies Involved in Research Project

A. Indicate specific site research will take place (e.g., school districts or school, clinics, agencies, etc).

B. If your proposed research would take place at a location other than TSU, describe how you would obtain permission to conduct study at a partnering location/agency, and describe who you might obtain permission from at that location/agency.



This proposal is for class purposes ONLY!!! 3

(This proposal will NOT be submitted to an IRB committee)


Submit CPHS Proposal (and required attachments) HERE (due April 29)

Click on this link to submit your CPHS Proposal, and required associated attachments. Once you click on the link, upload these files in either microsoft word format (.doc or .docx) and/or pdf format (.pdf). If extra credit SPSS file is uploaded, that file should have file extension “.sav”:

1-CPHS Proposal in Microsoft Word document format,

2-informed consent,


4-References page, and

5- (optional extra credit) SPSS data file [define variables in “Variable View” tab ONLY].

Any documents uploaded in the incorrect format will NOT receive a grade for this assignment.

Do NOT upload any internet links or web pages!

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