Identifying the Variables and Issues
For this assignment, provide a description of the problem statement and research question or hypothesis for your project.
On the basis of your project:
- Identify the variables that you plan to test.
- Specify one specific independent variable and one dependent variable, if your project is a hypothesis-testing project. Identify the hypothesis and variables that the program has been built around if you are evaluating a program or a policy.
For example, if you evaluate your local Big Brothers Big Sisters program, you could say that the program is built upon the hypothesis that positive role model mentoring has a positive impact on children from broken homes. The independent variable will be the presence of a Big Brother or Big Sister mentor, and the dependent variable will be the effect that the program has had on the child.