Research Design and Methods:
In a 3- to 4-page (1,500-2,000 words) essay describe what data you will be collecting (e.g., newspaper stories, journal articles, interview surveys, government data, key informant interviews, etc.), how are you to collect the data (e.g., original data, secondary data, online data, published reports, etc.), and how are they going to be organized and analyzed (e.g., statistical analysis, content analysis, historical analysis, etc.). Please structure the essay in four sections: Design and Methods, Data and Sample, Analytical Techniques, and Design and Data Limitations. Be as specific as you can to the point that anybody in the class can read it, understand it, and execute the plan presented in the write-up. Read McShane & Williams III (2008) (pp. 105-130) for detailed guidance.