Problem Formulation in Applied Social Research

Where Do Research Topics Come From?

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Practical problems in the field

Where Do Research Topics Come From?

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Practical problems in the field Literature in the field

Where Do Research Topics Come From?

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Practical problems in the field Literature in the field Your own thinking

Is the Study Feasible?
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Tradeoff between rigor and practicality How long it will take Ethical constraints Needed cooperation Costs

The Literature Review
Review the scientific literature Do the review early The review can help you
– See if your idea has been tried – Include all relevant constructs – Select instruments – Anticipate common problems

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