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I am conducting a qualitative research study on how black women have been affected by the loss of loved ones through inner city violence. I need help in identifying an effective qualitative research method that can be used to collect the data: observations, interviews, or mining data from documents. In some cases, combining two or more methods is appropriate.

Include the following elements in your description:

Setting

Justify and explain why you selected the unique setting for the proposed research. For research conducted in a particular company or organization, state the benefits to the organization and describe the existing body of knowledge.

Population and Sample

Analyze the population, the proposed sample size, and analyze the reasons for selecting a particular sample. Describe your research subjects in as much detail as possible. For example, are subjects drug offenders incarcerated in a medium-security facility, or are they chief operations officers in large, non-profit organizations? Some common ways of differentiating subjects are by:
•Gender.
•Race or ethnicity.
•Age.
•Education level.
•Training.
•Marital status.

When developing this section:
•Describe the unique and applicable characteristics of the population, and explain why it was chosen. Describe and justify the sample, including who, how, and why the people were selected.
•Estimate the sample size and justify the sample selection. Describe and justify the sampling strategy.
•Describe the recruitment methods and procedures.

Data Collection

Describe the process for collecting the data. When collecting primary data, describe:
•The type of methodology to be employed (phenomenological, case study, or ethnography) and justify the selection.
•Your experience and training in conducting respondent sessions.
•The participant selection process (permission and informed consent).
•The method of gathering the data.
•How the data will be recorded.
•The data capture method (for example, conversations, facial features, body language, intonation, feelings, emotions).
•The proposed data coding regimen. List the software used, if applicable.
•An estimate of the time to be spent with each participant.
•The process for remuneration, if applicable.

For secondary data, describe what data will be collected and how it will be used to address the research questions. This would be necessary if you are analyzing materials that have already been created, such as journals, letters, or newspaper stories. Include:
•The strategy for collecting the required data. (Why and what will be captured?)
•The data collection and extraction methods and source. (How will it be captured?)
•How accuracy of the data will be maintained.

Please cite the sources you used to aid in making your choices. Thank you.

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Okay, let's start with this and you add your information, then you can ask for what you still need help with and I will update where I can.

Setting
Justify and explain why you selected the unique setting for the proposed research. For research conducted in a particular company or organization, state the benefits to the organization and describe the existing body of knowledge.

Population and Sample
Analyze the population, the proposed sample size, and analyze the reasons for selecting a particular sample. Describe your research subjects in as much detail as possible. For example, are subjects drug offenders incarcerated in a medium-security facility, or are they chief operations officers in large, non-profit organizations? Some common ways of differentiating subjects are by:
•Gender. females residing in the inner city or other urban areas
•Race or ethnicity. Black
•Age. Varies
•Education level. Varies
•Training. Varies
•Marital status. Varies
When developing this section:
•Describe the unique and applicable characteristics of the population, and explain why it was chosen. Describe and justify the sample, including who, how, and why the people were selected.
These women are those who have suffered the loss of a loved one through some act or acts of violence. Since they live in the inner city or urban areas, they will have in common their relationship with the city, even if the circumstances of their education, marital status, and other variables are different. In some instances, these black females may not live in the inner city or the city at large, but their commonality with inner city violence will unite them with the theme of the research.

•Estimate the sample size and justify the ...

Solution Summary

This solution provides an outline to guide the researcher in how to set up a qualitative study.

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