Intellectual Disability in Victoria

1.     Development of an appropriate research design involving sampling, tool development, and analytic strategies – 20 marks 2.     Identification of ethical issues raised by the research and how they can be addressed – 5 marks 3.     Clear and strategic research dissemination plan -5 marks 4.     Awareness of the utility and limitations of the proposed approach – 10 marks 5.     Ability to write clearly and grammatically, reasonably free of typographical and spelling errors, and using APA referencing style guidelines -10 marks Research proposal Relevant Subject Intended Learning Outcomes (SILOs): 01. Identify and critically analyse the important steps in planning, designing and implementing a social work practice research study 02. Demonstrate knowledge of key qualitative and quantitative research methods for use in social work practice 04. Demonstrate a capacity to plan quantitative and qualitative research.     1.       Introduction.  (200 words ) State your research question. If you have refined your research question after conducting the literature review, explain how you have changed it and why. What kind of research design are you using? Þ    research question changed by the location due to very few articles found in for rural Victoria “what are effective    opportunities for people with mild to moderate intellectual disability in Victoria?”  Þ    Qualitative research design                                 2.       Methods (20 Marks)  a) Overview (300) Introduce the methods to be used. For example, will the study be qualitative, quantitative or mixed methods? If it is mixed methods, you need to identify a specific qualitative or quantitative component that you will focus on in this assignment rather than trying to describe both approaches (so that you can address the assessment criteria within the word length). Provide a rationale for your choice of methods showing how it will enable you to address the study questions. Þ    Qualitative research  Þ    Narrative model    b) Data sources (300) How will you access data? Will this be via interviews or focus groups; will it entail developing and implementing a survey or accessing existing datasets? Perhaps you will use online information such as blogs that are publicly available on the internet. If your approach involves participants how will you recruit them? Identify how you will access datasets and/or research participants.   Þ    Personal experiences at 2 points in time (new project is out; one interview is done at the start and the next after 12 months for being part of the project) Þ    Semi-structured (personal experiences) Þ    Participants are clients at an agency    c) Sample (250) How will you identify a sufficient sample (number of participants) for your study? Provide a rationale for your choice that draws on research literature.  Þ    More than 60 (need references as to why this is sufficient enough)  d) Data tools (200) Will you develop research tools such as interview schedules and survey forms, or will you rely on your ideas about how you will go about this. Provide some examples of questions you will include. Þ    Interview questions that are semi-structured to give the client the space to talk freely Þ    Record (consent) e) Analysis (200) How will you analyse your data? If the data is quantitative, what analyses might you wish to run? If it is qualitative, what kind of analysis will you use? Again, use the literature to justify your ideas. 3.       Ethical issues (5 Marks) (300) Outline the ethical issues involved in the study. Are there any special ethical considerations due to a need for cultural sensitivity, the age of research participants or other matters? Identify relevant ethical guidelines and show how you will ensure that your approach is consistent with them. Þ    Working with a vulnerably group of people  Þ    Have their support persons in the interview if needed to support them  Þ    Make sure they understand everything before signing consent  Þ    All participants will be over the age of 25  Þ    Does my research – informed consent, beneficence, vulnerability, justice and adds to knowledge. Þ    Assess risk and benefit to participants    4.        Research dissemination plan (5 Marks) (300) Briefly describe how you might publicise the findings of your research (This may include strategies such as meeting with politicians, holding a forum to share findings; engaging with stakeholders throughout the process, etc). Þ    Share the findings with agencies and organisations that work with intellectual disability  Þ    Advocacy at a legal level for change to laws and regulations if applicable  Þ    Ethical obligations  Þ    advocate for participants  Þ    Promote your work and the work of your organisation  Þ    Ensure that people who can implement research findings know about them  5.       Summing up (10 Marks) (500) How will the new knowledge resulting from your research inform practice or improve service delivery? What are the limitations of the research approach you propose? What other research is needed?     6.     References (10 Marks) standardised statistical

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