I need help with Action Research Proposal: Research Methods.
1) Select the population and sample that is the focus of the action research project.
2) Describe the method of research to be applied and why it is most appropriate for the study. Describe the population, the sample, and how you intend to gather data to address the research problem.
3) Develop a research instrument that will be used to collect data from the sample population.
4) For help with questionnaires, view "PSC 495: Questionnaire Examples," located within the Additional Resources folder in Canyon Connect.
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Having conducted my Master's thesis using "action research," I can provide YOU with an excellent rendition of what will be necessary for your project. Upon observance of the document YOU provided as an example, I surmise that you are in nursing school or your target audience is nurses as the questionnaire you provided was asking questions pertaining to nursing. The reason this is pertinent is because of the POPULATION AND SAMPLE. Before choosing a sample population, the student YOU have to understand that the sample emanates from the population. With nurses or nursing the ability to choose a population that would represent the entire nursing pool is not possible, and I faced a similar problem with my action research.
This does not pose a deterrent to you choosing a good population or sample as you must only choose a specific hospital or nursing school to retrieve the population regarding the issue you are attempting to solve through action research. Let's assume that at a general hospital in a large city 300 nurses work at this hospital and the problem you are addressing in your "action research" revolves around high turnover by the nursing staff at this hospital. The key to understanding this population and how to solve this problem is by developing a sample from this population of 300 nurses. This is achieved by choosing to use both qualitative and quantitative research methods to integrate a percentage of these 300 nurses to ...
Shows example of proper action research proposal.
Action Research Proposal for Defects in the Distribution Center
Defects in Quality Service within the Distribution Center
Reducing Defects through Six Sigma
While working for a large company, the demand to provide quality service to customers has grown over the last decade. The supply chain is the heart and soul to providing quality customer service not just to the consumer, but to our stores as well. Processes vary throughout the course of the year from down time to peak seasons
During our peak seasons, there are defects in how the Distribution Centers processes receivable products to shipping products to the stores. The defects that seem to occur deal with large volumes of receivables where little space is available to large quantities of products being shipped where little room is available. This has caused lost time of production resulting in wasted labor hours. This project will explore how the supply chain in the distribution center can improve customer quality by reducing defects in processes within the DC. (Distribution Center) day-to-day operations
The following is the primary research question:
" How to reduce defects in the process system through six sigma"
Follow-up questions are:
1) To research why defects continue to occur in D.C. process operations.
2) To evaluate six sigma as a tool to reduce the defects.
3) To give recommendations.
4) Does management understand what chronic defects in processing orders cost in customer satisfaction?
"Six Sigma is a methodology that provides businesses with the tools to improve the capability of their business processes. This increase in performance and decrease in process variation leads to defect reduction and vast improvement in profits, employee morale and quality of product Six Sigma helps in defect prevention."(Unknown, 2011). With Six Sigma, the objective is to look for opportunities in the process to reduce or eliminate defects. Using Six Sigma Will Guide Your Firm to:"(Unknown, 2011).
- Improve Customer Satisfaction
- Increase Profit Margins
- Shorten Cycle Times
- Reduce Costs
Defects in processes arise when the actual result is varying from the planned result. The planned result within the distribution center varies from day-to-day, only adding confusion as to the root problem that leads to a negative variation in the actual results. There is no solution to eliminate all the defects, but with research, the idea is to reduce the amount of defects in the process to provide quality service and to allow for a smoother transition from receiving the product, picking the orders, and shipping the orders to the stores. There are different tools that can lead to reducing the defects. My research will explore how Six Sigma can focus on those defects that are chronic and has negative impacts on the process.
Unknown. (2011). Six Sigma Methodology. Retrieved on June 19, 2013 from
Soni, M. (2010). Defect Prevention: Reducing Costs and Enhancing Quality Retrieved on
June 19, 2013 from http://www.isixsigma.com/industries/software-it/defect-prevention-reducing-costs-and-enhancing-quality/.
Develop the action research project proposal. The proposal should be professional and be written for presentation to those who would be responsible for reviewing and/or approving your proposal. It should include:
A summary of the problem to be addressed by the research project.
A description of the action research project.
A rationale for the proposal (description of why the study is important and/or relevant to business and/or management).
One or more hypotheses and/or predicted goals or outcomes.
Definition of important or relevant terms.
Statement of assumptions.