Applied Research Methods and Literature Reviews
- Emily Keller, political science and public policy librarian, is available for research and literature review consultations. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206.685.2660.
- Students collecting or using data about individuals (clients, employees, citizens, etc. systematically gathered via survey, interviews, observation, or administrative data) need to take special care to ensure that the individuals will suffer no ill effects from the process or from the results of the project. Human Subjects review at the University of Washington is required of some projects to ensure that those protections are in place. All students and their instructors are responsible for determining whether their projects require Human Subjects Approval.
- Excerpts from “Real World Research: A Resource for Social Scientists and Practitioner-Researchers,” Colin Robson (1993). Blackwell Publishers: Oxford, UK, and Cambridge, USA. Real World Research Robson
- Literature Review
“Our degree project team found these videos about how to write a lit review very helpful. It really helped us to understand the purpose of the literature review, which has helped us become much more efficient at actually getting the lit review done. Each video is about five minutes (the third one is less useful, but has a hilarious blooper at the end). Hope it helps you.” —Ethan, Lauren, Steve, and Jieru
- “Asking Questions: Techniques for Semistructured Interviews,” Beth L. Leech (Rutgers University). PS: Political Science & Politics (2002), 35:665–668 Cambridge University Press. Asking Questions Leech
- “Validity and Reliability Issues in Elite Interviewing,” Jeffrey M. Berry (Tufts University). PS: Political Science & Politics (2002), 35:679-682 Cambridge University Press. Validity and Reliability Berry
- Robert S. Weiss, Learning from Strangers: The Art and Method of Qualitative Interview Studies, (Free Press, 1994), Chapter 4: “Interviewing,” pp. 61–119. Learning from Strangers Weiss
- Survey Research Resources and Best Practices from the American Association for Public Opinion Research
- Floyd J. Fowler Jr., Improving Survey Questions, (Sage, 1995), Chapter 4: “Some General Rules for Designing Good Survey Instruments,” pp. 78–103. Improving Survey Questions Fowler
- John D. McCarthy and M. Barbara McCarthy, “Power and Purpose in Survey Research (If You Got the Money, Honey, I Got the Time),” Fist-Fights in the Kitchen: Manners and Methods in Social Research, (1975), pp. 240–249. Power and Purpose in Survey Research
High Performing Teams
Each team should draft a one- to two-page team agreements memo that includes:
- An initial plan for organizing yourselves into a high-performing team (e.g., leadership and membership definitions and roles, mutual accountability expectations and norms, decision-rules, continuous improvement processes, conflict resolution processes); and
- An initial plan to do the work (e.g., coordination with client contact via primary point of contact; assigning and tracking task completion; technology platform such as GoogleDocs or other groupware resource for collecting, sharing, analyzing, and editing).
Resources on High Performing Teams
Brief Videos on High Performing Teams
- The Secrets to High Performing Teams
- High Performance Teams
- High Performing Teams (includes group-to-team development stages: forming, storming, norming, performing)
Book Chapters about Working in Effective Teams
- Senge, Peter. 1990. “The Discipline of Team Learning,” in The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization. Doubleday: New York.
- Mintrom, Michael. 2003. "Working in Teams" in People Skills in Policy Analysis. Georgetown University Press: Washington, D.C. Part 1, pp. 118-131.
- Mintrom, Michael. 2003. "Working in Teams" in People Skills in Policy Analysis. Georgetown University Press: Washington, D.C. Part 2, pp. 132-141.
- Hackman, J. Richard. 1990. “Conclusion: Creating More Effective Work Groups in Organizations,” in Groups that Work (and those that don’t). Jossey-Bass: San Francisco. Part 1, pp. 479-491.
- Hackman, J. Richard. 1990. “Conclusion: Creating More Effective Work Groups in Organizations,” in Groups that Work (and those that don’t). Jossey-Bass: San Francisco. Part 2, pp. 492-501.
Resources for Identifying Different Work Styles Among Team Members
Resources on Managing Conflict Productively
Conflict in groups is inevitable, so it helps to develop skills to manage it in productive ways. Research shows that task-related tension, rather than interpersonal harmony, spurs team excellence.
- Academic Citation and Writing Guides (courtesy of UW Libraries)
- Professional Presentation Guidelines
- Ignite Show
- How to Give a Great Ignite Talk
- 18 Secrets to Giving a Presentation Like Steve Jobs
Academic Integrity and Ethical Writing
Learn more about the process and forms for submitting your capstone project.