For example, hunger on a global scale may be assessed through looking at food shortages and malnutrition but on a local level, we may examine access to fresh food. Component 1 should be roughly 1-2 large paragraphs in length and contain the following: • A brief summary of the SDG and the more specific target/indicator of interest
PROJECT 1 COMPONENTS (Main Report) Component 1: Background Research (20 points). For this project, you are a social scientist who is responsible for researching a social issue on a local and global level. First, I’d like you to research one of the following global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that is interesting to you. A good starting point is to read the information located behind the links labeled, “Progress and Info” and “Targets and Indicators”: • SDG 2: Zero Hunger: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdg2 • SDG 3: Good Health and Well Being: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdg3 • SDG 4: Quality Education: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdg4 Second, do a little background research on the subject. Here, you should generate a small report about that particular target/indicator and its international impact and also its local impact. It is important that you provide us with some sort of statistical finding in your summary (a link only to the UN website is not acceptable — you must seek out primary research reports linked therein or elsewhere). HINT: Keep in mind that indicators for hunger, health and well-being, education, and gender are sometimes different on an international scale than on a local one. For example, hunger on a global scale may be assessed through looking at food shortages and malnutrition but on a local level, we may examine access to fresh food. Component 1 should be roughly 1-2 large paragraphs in length and contain the following: • A brief summary of the SDG and the more specific target/indicator of interest. • A brief discussion of a target/indicator on a global level including one statistic and academic citation. • A brief discussion of a target/indicator on a local level including one statistic and academic citation. Please review the EXAMPLE project and the RUBRIC to ensure you meet and exceed all requirements! Component 2: Research Proposal (20 points). Taking what you’ve learned more generally about this issue, let’s think of how we can explore it more locally. Here, I’m asking you to generate a short research proposal for studying your issue here at USF or in Tampa Bay (or your own city). You should do the following things: discuss why it would be useful to study this issue here, include a testable a research question, identify what kind of question it is (e.g., descriptive, comparative, or relationship-based), and describe a hypothetical population/sample. Consider the following questions while composing your proposal: Why do you think it would be useful to study this issue here? Do you think you can study health/hunger/education the same way locally or might you have to alter how you look at health/hunger/education? What might you have to measure differently? What kinds of differences will you expect to find locally? What is your target population (this should be American college students but you can focus some similar population if you would like)? What is your sample and how will you obtain it? HINT: Chapter 1 of your textbook describes how to formulate a research question and it distinguishes between populations and samples. Excellent projects will critically assess the question and sample by including the benefits drawbacks of either. Component 2 should be roughly one large paragraph in length and contain the following: • An introduction for studying this issue at a local level. • A clearly defined and underlined research question. • An explanation of what type of research question you are asking (e.g., descriptive, comparative, or relationship-based). • A critical discussion of your hypothetical sample and how will you would obtain it. 2 Component 3: Hypothetical Reflection (20 points). At this point, you should be able to start identifying variables and hypotheses to test your research question. Researchers often cannot generate/distribute their own surveys, so they use data from other organizations that have already done so. While you are thinking about your variables and hypotheses, I would like you to review the World Values Survey Questionnaire (posted to the Assignment page) and identify five questions that will help you explore and test your hypothesis. Usually one survey question is considered one variable. In a short paragraph, I’d like you to discuss the following: at least one testable hypothesis, the two main variables you need to test one hypothesis, a description of your unit of analysis, and a brief but critical discussion about how and why these two variables might be related (specifically identifying the independent and dependent variables). HINT: Your variables MUST come from the World Values Survey. Please read the instructions for Component 4 before completing this step. Component 3 should be roughly one medium paragraph in length and contain the following: • A description of five variables that would help you explore your research question. • A hypothesis with clearly labeled independent and dependent variables. • Correct identification of the unit of analysis. • A 3-5 sentence explanation/reflection as to why and how these variables would be related. Have I mentioned that you should review the EXAMPLE project and the RUBRIC to ensure you meet and exceed all requirements? Component 4: Survey (20 points). At the end of your report, I’d like you to copy and paste the questions you’re using from the World Values Survey into a mini survey. You will not be distributing this survey! Each question on your survey must represent one variable, and, each variable must contain a different level of measurement (e.g., one variable should be measured at the nominal level, one ordinal, one discrete interval- ratio, one continuous interval-ratio, and one of your choice). Make sure you label each survey item with the variable name and CLEARLY identify its level of measurement. HINT: Your hypothesis will only be testing two variables, but you should make the other three related to the subject matter at hand. You are going to be limited by the available questions, so remain open to altering your research question! Component 4 must contain the following: • One properly-labeled question (and response categories) measuring a variable on a nominal level… • … one on an ordinal level. • … one on a discrete interval-ratio level. • … one on an continuous interval-ratio level. • … one on any level of your choice. Component 5: Style and Flow (10 Points). Ten percent of your grade will be dedicated to appearances. I know that we like to think that “true beauty” lies beneath the surface, but in the real world, your ability to produce legible and accessible work is a key component to success. Here, I will be looking for titles, subtitles, adherence to standard written English, minimal grammatical and spelling errors, clear communication, logical organization and labeling, and a tidy presentation. If you compose your work in a word processing program (e.g., Word) you can usually copy and paste it with minimal errors. However, you may have to spend time editing your work in the text box below. You can read about how to edit text in Canvas (e.g., bold, underline, indenting, and numbering) at the following link: https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-14513-4152876622. You are welcome and encouraged to use the formatting of my EXAMPLE; however, you may NOT use it as a direct template. For example, you may not take my work and super-impose your own analysis and survey items that appear to be topically different, but map onto my logic.