100 Professor Ren Criminal Justice, CSUS

.   Your cover page should look professional and neat. Think your title as a min-abstract that paints a quick picture for the reader of the key idea(s) of your project. However. expensive binding or other decorations. no need to waste your time on fancy report covers. The title should be clear and unambiguous.

Don’t use the title as the abstract of your entire proposal. Try and use only a single sentence for your title. .  The words you use in your title should clearly reflect the focus of your proposal and make sure your words are in the correct order.

Use the Project Overview to show your knowledge of the organization from which you seek for funding. .    Think of the Project Overview as an Executive Summary. Be specific and concise It should “paint a picture” of your proposal in the mind of the reader and should establish the framework so that the rest of the proposal has a frame of reference.

  Write the Project Overview at the last when you have completed the entire proposal. The Project Overview should allow the reader to avoid these comments: ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ Not a original idea Rationale is weak Writing is vague Uncertain outcome Proposal is unfocused .

Careful with your use of language and minimize the use of: ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ Jargon Trendy or “in” words Abbreviations Redundant phrases Confusing language .  Show to the reader that your are familiar with what have been accomplished in the field.

. Identify the pressing problems you want to address in the project. Show how your proposed project will extend the work done previously and avoid the mistakes/errors made previously.   Show your proposal is unique and definitely needed.

 Try to differentiate between your goals and objectives and include both.   Identify those measurable objectives. . Objectives can be used as the guide to evaluate the project goals. ◦ Goals are the large statement of what you hope to accomplish but usually aren’t very measurable. ◦ Objectives are operational and measurable.

Be unique and creative. Research design should include: ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ Sample selection Data collection Data analysis Dissemination plan Policy implication .    Your methods should closely link to the objective. Include the collaborate relationship you project will develop.

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