final paper in research apps for criminal justice professionals

Be EXTREMELY thorough please.

No Plagiarism please. Hit distinguished in the scoring guide.

Use the Assignment Questions as headings in the paper.

Please review the PDF below for creating a problem statement along with another provided below

Unit 10 Assingment

Assignment Description

Throughout the class, you have examined research methods, from probability sampling to survey research. You have assessed the challenges associated with research design, ethical research practices, data collection methods, and analyzing content and reporting research results. You have also evaluated the validity of research measures and reputability of resources available for criminal justice research.

Prepare a 5–7 page paper (1–1.5 pages per competency for competencies 1–5), focused on the course competencies and address two key areas of learning for each competency. This paper should showcase your learning proficiency and describe the importance of your learning relative to application in a career context.

Be sure to review the Connecting Your Learning Scoring Guide to ensure that you understand the criteria for this assignment.


  • Written communication: Must be free of errors that detract from the overall message.
  • Resources and citations: Format according to APA guidelines.
  • Required page count: 5–7, not including the title page or the references page.
  • Required number of references: One reference per competency for competencies 1–5.
  • Font and font size: Times New Roman, 12 point.

Competencies Addressed in This Assignment

In this assignment, the criteria in your Connecting Your Learning Scoring Guide are directly aligned to competencies 1–5 for the course.

1 Differentiate research methods used by criminal justice agencies.

2 Articulate a problem statement appropriate for examination using criminal justice research methods.

3 Contrast the research methods used by criminal justice agencies and scholar-practitioners.

4 Use a common research method of criminal justice practitioners to examine the problem statement.

5 Differentiate between reputable and nonreputable criminal justice research resources.

Assignment 10 Questions

1. What research methods are commonly used by CJ agencies. Why are these methods preferred by agencies.

Cover all forms of research:

Descriptive, exploratory, explanatory, evaluation research

Forms of evaluating research –black box, outcomes, cost benefit, efficiency

Evaluation and Policy analysis – inputs, process, outputs, feedback

Needs assessment, Evaluability research,

2. Problem statement.

Problem Statement:

A research problem is a definite or clear expression [statement] about an area of concern, a condition to be improved upon, a difficulty to be eliminated, or a troubling question that exists in scholarly literature, in theory, or within existing practice that points to a need for meaningful understanding and deliberate investigation. A research problem does not state how to do something, offer a vague or broad proposition, or present a value question. Nor, is a problem statement just one sentence.

Bryman, Alan. “The Research Question in Social Research: What is its Role?” International Journal of Social Research Methodology 10 (2007): 5-20

Start with a broad context of issues and work toward a specific and researchable statement at the conclusion of the problem statement.

Do not write a policy proposal

3. Contrast the research methods used by Criminal Justice agencies and scholars (will overlap with Q1,).

Similar in basics, differ in purpose, application, audience

Case studies and program analysis

Outcomes can precede theory

Sampling can be different

Examples are OK

4. Use (apply) a common research method of Criminal Justice to examine your problem statement – develop a brief research plan.

Relates to problem statement above

Examples are OK

Manageable not pie in the sky

Can include case study or program evaluation.

Describe your research plan

5. Reputable vs. non-reputable sources.

See video in Unit 1:…

(I have also uploaded the transcript for this video)

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