All research endeavors must, by necessity, progress through a series of logical and meaningful steps. These steps allow a researcher to be confident that the inferences and conclusions reached at the culmination of a project are valid, unbiased, representative, and generalizable.
In Chapter 8 of the text, Creswell identifies six steps critical to the construction of a quantitative research proposal (pp. 162-166). After reading this chapter, discuss the six steps of the critical aspects of data analysis and interpretation identified by Creswell:
- What are the six steps and why are they essential?
- How do these steps assist us when evaluating criminal justice data?
- How do these steps contribute to successfully interpreting published research findings?
- How would you apply these steps to answer a criminal justice research question?
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