Ethical Considerations and Research Questions

Ethical Considerations and Research Questions 

This is a three-part assignment that will be submitted as one document. You do not need to include an introduction or conclusion. Note: This assignment will also be integrated into the Unit IV Assignment. Answer the following questions:

  1. Define the term research question in your own words, and expand upon the significance of carefully crafting it at the outset of the research undertaking.
  2. Explain the importance of ethical considerations in public and nonprofit administration research. Be sure to mention informed consent, privacy, confidentiality, anonymity, and Institutional Review Board (IRB) in your response.
  3. Go to The College Scorecard by clicking the link below.

U.S. Department of Education. (n.d.). College scorecard. Retrieved from

  1. First select Custom Search, then select your state of residence in the Location box.
  2. In the Field of Study box, select Public Administration.
  3. In the Degree/Certificate Box select all options.
  4. Select Find Schools.

If your search returns zero results, select another state of your choice. You should see the names of a number of schools as well as each school’s statistics for total undergraduates, average annual cost, graduation rate, and salary after attending. With the information provided, construct two research questions. The topic of the questions can be anything of your choice, but you should be sure to include the relevant variables as well as hypotheses that you would associate with each question.

Your scholarly activity must be at least two pages and no more than four pages in length, not counting title and reference pages. Please use at least the textbook in the development of your comprehensive assignment. APA formatting applies. The purpose of this assignment is to gauge your understanding of the content, so focus on writing original content rather than simply regurgitating the textbook or other sources whether by paraphrasing or using direct quotes. Paraphrasing is acceptable, but try to keep paraphrasing to a minimum. A good rule of thumb is to use 80% of your own work and paraphrase 20% or less of the work of others.

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