Posted: August 1st, 2022

Frame your Issue

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For this question you will draft a document that explains the context for the organizational issue you are researching and presents a data collection plan. This means you will need to think about a local issue and different types of data that you might be able to collect to understand the issue more fully so that you could eventually develop a solution or intervention to improve the issue.

The guiding research questions are the overarching questions regarding the organizational issue that will lead to your interview questions. Guiding questions are not your interview questions. The guiding research questions represent what you need or want to know about the issue before designing your interview questions. In some cases the guiding research questions can be similar to the interview questions but there is one significant difference; that is, guiding research questions are written in the third person voice and interview questions are written in the second person voice.

Here is an example:

Guiding Research Question:

What are stakeholders’ concerns with the organization’s current faculty orientation program?

Interview Question:

What are your concerns with the organization’s current faculty orientation program?

Do you see the difference?

You will need both the guiding questions and interview questions in your answer.

FRAME YOUR ISSUE AND COLLECT YOUR

For this question, you will:

· Explain the context for your issue and identify the available data as well as the data to be collected.

· Prepare and submit a data collection plan.

Note: You will not be conducting a full study that results in the solution of a problem. The purpose is to investigate a problem of practice.

Instructions

Complete the following in a single document with two headings: “Framing an Issue” and “Data Collection Plan.”

Complete the following under the heading “Framing an Issue”:

· Describe a significant issue that is a current or future improvement need or opportunity.

. The significant local issue or problem should be at your organization or school.

. Frame the issue or problem carefully, explaining the performance gap and potential causes as you currently understand them.

. Provide evidence that such a problem exists and is worthy of action research.

. Explain how this organizational evidence and data supports your framing of the problem. Be specific.

. Describe additional institutional or publicly available information (i.e., state-level data on student outcomes from standardized tests, corporate data on employee retention, or other quantitative data available to you) you will examine to deepen your understanding of the problem.

. Discuss the influence of the larger systems related to your issue or problem.

. Do NOT offer solutions. That is not the purpose of the project for this class.

· Explain how a specific guiding question will help direct data collection efforts to better understand the problem or issue.

. Explain how the guiding question is related to the issue or problem that will guide your data collection and planning process.

. Explain why you need this information and how it will potentially lead to a better project design.

. Explain how it will help you formulate interview or focus-group questions.

· Discuss how you will collect qualitative interview data from stakeholders.

. Include two or three stakeholders.

. Collect this data collection using one-on-one interviews or one focus group with all of your participants together.

. Identify those with whom you will need to collaborate.

. Describe your initial plan for gathering this information, including those who will need to answer questions and provide you with information.

. What other data collection methods could you pursue at a later date (not for this class) in addition to individual or focus-group interviews that might help answer the guiding question?

Complete the following under the heading “Data Collection Plan”:

· Provide a clear introduction of the problem, the existing data, and identification of informational gaps.

. Include citations or examples to clarify the issue.

· Explain how specific guiding questions align with the identified problem or issue.

. Identify multiple guiding questions.

. State the questions clearly.

· Describe an appropriate sample and method for gathering data and indicate any limitations.

. For the sample, identify the two or three participants.

. For the method, you might choose interviews or a focus group.

. Indicate any limitations that would result in you needing to get additional data at a later date.

. Indicate if there are any information needs that your participants may not be able to provide.

· Explain interview plans.

. Very Important Note: you MAY NOT interview students, direct reports, or minors. Try interviewing graduates who are over 18 years old instead of students. Try interviewing peers or managers not in your line of reporting instead of direct reports.

. You will be transcribing each interview word-for-word AND allowing your participants to review the transcripts for accuracy. Thus, do not plan to interview more than three people or you may run out of time.

. Provide a list of interview questions (these are different from guiding questions) that will elicit information from your participants to help fill the information gap regarding the issue or problem at your organization or school.

. When writing interview questions, ensure that they are open-ended. Avoid closed-ended questions that result in yes or no answers. Consider starting your sentences with Why, How, In what way, In your experience, Tell me your thoughts on…

. Provide a clear rationale for the interviews (why these 2–3 people? Why interviews? Or why a focus group?).

. Explain how the interviews will improve understanding of the issue or problem.

For both parts of the assignment:

· Organize content so ideas flow logically with smooth transitions.

. Include ample evidence and analysis that clearly supports the main topic in each paragraph.

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