CJ 8305/605 Spring 2018
Getting Your Project Into Focus

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1. Find a dataset in consultation with your advisor.

As you are exploring data sets at ICPSR, download all the documentation and code books and examine them carefully in consultation with their advisor.

http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/landing.jsp

Do not try to download data sets at this point.

2. In consultation with your advisor, frame a multilevel or mixed effects question that you can answer using variables from the data set in question. be clear with your advisor A) why this question is important; B) how it builds on what is already known on this topic from the research literature; and C) exactly why or in what ways this question is a multilevel or a mixed effects question.

Multilevel or mixed effects questions can include things like: how does the outcome change over time?; Are changes over time different for different people or in different places?; Does the impact of a certain predictor on an outcome remain significant even after controlling for the spatial or group context?; In what ways are the group level or context level versions of a predictor having different impacts then the within group or within context versions of the predictor?

As you examine the literature relevant to your question you want to pay close attention to the extent to which the theorizing anticipates multilevel or mixed effects dynamics, or the extent to which these dynamics are important from a policy perspective.

Consulting with your advisor is absolutely key so that he or she knows that you are doing and agrees it is worthwhile.

Run this question and its framing by the instructor.

Consulting with the instructor is absolutely key so that he can be sure the project has a decent chance of working analytically.

3. [As needed] Write your IRB application in consultation with your advisor. [If you are applying to ICPSR for restricted access you want to get started on this IRB document yesterday.]

Your advisor is your main faculty sponsor for this document.

If you have already not gotten certified as a human subjects investigator you need to have this taken care of at this point.

4. Submit to IRB.

You can find the forms you need here:

https://www.temple.edu/research/regaffairs/irb/irb_forms.html

Be sure your advisor sees your submission, before it is sent forward,and agrees with you on a level of human subjects review needed.

5. Follow up periodically with IRB or at least get a sense of what will be reviewed when.

6. At this point if you are applying for ICPSR data set that has restricted access you make your application.

NOTE THAT THERE ARE MANY STEPS NEEDED BEFORE YOU SUBMIT ICPSR APPLICATION.

NOTE ALSO THAT THERE CAN BE A SIGNIFICANT LAG BETWEEN SUBMITTING YOUR REQUEST AND GETTING CLEARED.

So get going early.

NOTE ALSO THAT ICPSR MIGHT TURN YOU DOWN, SO YOU AND YOUR ADVISOR SHOULD HAVE A BACKUP PLAN.