Research Proposal I
University of Phoenix
Write a 700- to 1,050-word research proposal that includes the following:
Describe the general area to be studied.
Explain why the general area under study is important.
State your research problem.
Explain the background of the research problem.
State your research questions.
Further justify the proposed study.
Explain how the following research questions are related to the larger issues raised in the introduction:
Develop a testable hypothesis and describe its implication to the field of criminal justice.
Explain what the hypothesis will prove about the specific issue if it is confirmed.
Explain what the hypothesis will prove about the specific issue if it is not confirmed.
Include at least four peer-reviewed references.
TOPIC: INCREASING POLICE OFFICER’S SALARIES
To do a testable hypothesis, researchers must first choose a topic that has implications in the criminal justice field. That topic is “increasing officer’s salaries.” A testable hypothesis is “an increase in law enforcement salary will increase better retention of officers and more applications” By implementing the classical experimental design we can choose two identical departments and one department (experimental group) will receive a pay increase and the other department (control group) will not, and see if there are any increases in employment and retained officers.
HYPOTHESIS IS CONFIRMED
If the hypothesis is confirmed, the hypothesis will prove that an increase in police salary will have some benefits. There will be more applicants, less turnover of officers, less officer’s transferring to better paying jobs.
HYPOTHESIS NOT CONFIRMED
If the hypothesis is Not confirmed, the hypothesis will prove that an increase in salary is not the solution to gain more applicants and retain current officers and is because of other variables.
Giblin, M. J., & Galli, P. M. (2017). Compensation as a police candidate attraction tool: An organizational-level analysis. Police Quarterly, 20(4), 397-419. doi:10.1177/1098611117713679