NOTE: You’re not allowed to begin collecting data until I’ve approved this form; you’ll need to attach the approved copy of this form to the final project you turn in.

The sooner you get this form submitted, the more time we’ll have to clear up anything that needs to be fixed. The sooner the form gets approved, the more time you’ll have to work on the project (you don’t want to leave this to the last minute!) Print out this form, fill it in, and hand it to me in class, fax it to me (747-6502), or email it to me as a .doc or .pdf file.  I will give you prompt feedback either in class (as time permits) or by email.

Last name______________________ First name___________________ Class time____



What’s your best email address if I have a question about this (please write neatly): _______________________________
What are the best phone number(s) and time(s) to call if I have a question about this?


1.) Overall topic or guiding question you want to investigate:___________________________________

2.) List variables (at least 2 categorical and at least 2 measurement, but not much more) you would collect data on that directly relate to your question in part #1. (See our textbook to make sure you are clear on types of variables. Make sure you do not confuse a categorical variable with one or more of its values; make sure you do not confuse a measurement variable with a tally for a value of a categorical variable (if you’re not sure about the latter, ask yourself “What kind of answer[category or not?] is the FIRST person I survey giving me?”.) If you do a survey, make sure the variables you list match up with the survey questions in part #5.

Categorical variable #1____________________   categorical variable #2____________________

Measurement variable #1___________________ measurement variable #2___________________

3.) State the source of your data -- whether it is particular published documents or a particular population of people, etc.  Clearly describe your method for selection (saying something vague like “we’ll just ask 50 random people” is not clear enough and, besides, the word random refers to a process or procedure, not to a person!).


4.) You are required to treat participants’ answers as confidential, and it is even better if they can be anonymous. (Consult our textbook to recall the difference between these terms.)  State whether your participants’ answers will be “anonymous” or “confidential, but not anonymous” and explain the steps you will take to ensure this during data collection, data analysis, and data reporting.

5.) Data collection method.  If, like most teams usually do, you are doing some kind of survey, you need to list here the exact wording of all questions (and answer choice options) you will use (remember to avoid the pitfalls listed in Utts Chapter 3) and the method you will use to collect the responses (e.g., a written questionnaire, a phone interview, an in-person interview, or survey software such as Qualtrics: http://admin.utep.edu/Default.aspx?tabid=74276).  If, however, your method is an observational study or experiment, then you need to describe here in full detail what you will be observing/recording, what intervention/treatment may be involved, and what you are asking participants to do (so that I can confirm that it is appropriate and, if so, assess how explicit or detailed of a consent form may be needed).  Either way, you must give enough detail that someone else could read this description of your method and be able to collect data the same way.  






6.) Read our textbook’s ethics chapter (chapter 26, especially its first section) and then state any potential ethics issues or questions you may have with your proposal.

7.) Other important information (or questions you have for me):

(Remember that you must attach this sheet at the end of your project writeup.)

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______ I approve this proposal as written. Feel free to begin collecting data!

______ I approve this proposal if you make the change(s) I have noted on this form (and you don’t need to resubmit this proposal if you understand and agree with the change(s); otherwise, come discuss it with me).

______ I can’t yet approve this proposal because one or more parts are either unrealistic, inappropriate, or not yet written out clearly or completely enough for me to be able to assess it.  You need to give me a revised proposal (if it’s a small change, just write it on this form in a way that I can see easily what you changed) that corrects this before I can approve it. Do this SOON or come discuss with me if you need to.