SOC-480 Topic 8 Benchmark Research Proposal Final Paper Assignment


Part VII: Research Proposal Final Paper

Now that you have completed each part of the assignment, you are ready to use the outline to organize your findings into a research paper (2,000-2,500 words). Use the “Research Proposal Outline” and the revised portions of each assignment in addition to the worksheets to assist you in completing this assignment.

Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. An abstract is not required.

This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.

You are required to submit this assignment to Turnitin. Please refer to the directions in the Student Success Center.

Submit this assignment to your instructor by the end of Topic 8.

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SOC-480 Research Proposal Paper Outline


Assignment Directions:

Use this outline below to assist you in writing the Research Paper assignment in APA format:


    1. Brief general description of program/project                                    
    2. Explain your reasoning for this program/project type.
  • INTRODUCTION- Social Issue Analysis
    1. Provide an accurate description of the selected social issue.
  • BODY-
    1. Statement of the social issue
    2. Identify gap in literature
    3. Propose a possible evidence-based strategy, program, or project
    4. Research question and hypothesis
    5. Strategy, program, or project rationale- Why is your project/program proposal needed?
    6. Significance for social work practice:
    7. Cultural/Societal impact
    8. Christian Worldview
    9. Literature Review-
      1. Explain the results of the existing research collected.
      2. Describe any gaps in research.
  • Detail how your program/project will fill those gaps.
  1. Summary-
    1. Summarize existing theories, strategies, agencies, programs, and projects
    2. Summarize how your program/project fills gaps and meets community needs
  2. Cross sections of variables
  3. Methods-
    1. Description of research methods for potential program/project:
      • Research designs-
      • Describe selected method.
    2. Explain the method: meta-analysis, action research, single-subject, etc.
      • Variables and measures
      • Explain potential variables
  • Explain possible measuring strategies
  1. Describe data collection procedures used in existing programs
    • Data analysis strategies used in existing programs
    • Proposed data collection procedures for this proposal
    • Proposed data analysis strategies for this proposal
    1. Findings-
      1. Review of existing research findings
      2. Analyze existing data about strategies, programs, or projects that address your selected social issue.
  • Present connections between existing research questions and what works, or meets the needs of your selected population/community, and what gaps remain.
  1. Explain whether or not any patterns were found.
  1. Discussion-
    1. Describe the possible limitations of your community program/project. Explain how you will prepare for and address possible limitations of your program/project.
    2. Explain how your program/project can be an advocacy for social work. Provide a summary about your program/project, goals, and how your program/project will alleviate the social issue affecting the target population/client in your community.
  • Provide a brief overview of major findings
  1. Discussion of direct practice (social work) and or policy/implications
  2. Recommendations for future research directions.
  3. Recommendations for policy/practice.



Course: SOC-480 Sociology and Social Work Capstone
School: Grand Canyon University

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