What is your topic? What is you title?
What is the central question do you want to answer? What are the secondary questions (sub-questions) do you want to answer?
What is your theoretical lens? This may be one of the policy process theories, a public administration theory (e.g., public service motivation), or another theory (supply side economics, principal-agent theory, etc.).
What is your theoretical model: independent variables, dependent variables, and control or intervening variables? (This is important particularly if your study is quantitative, but it can be useful even if your study is qualitative or mixed methods.)
How does this theory help you answer your research questions? Is there are logical fit between your theory and research question?
Foes this theory fit into the worldview you identified before?
Does this theory have a good fit with your
general methodological approach (quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods)?
Does it have a good fit with the methodological approach you are likely to employ: experimental research, ethnography, survey research, phenomenological research, grounded theory, action research, discourse analysis, and feminist research (re-visioning), etc.?
How will you use the theory in your study: deductively, inductively, or both? How does this approach fit your methodological approach (quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods)?
Where would you place the theory in your study (beginning, end)? This depends on your use of theory (deductive or inductive) and your general methodological approach (quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods). See the Creswell and Creswell book for details.
Chapter 4: Writing Strategies and Ethical Considerations
See the discussions in the book and course slides before you answer the following.
Describe the ethical issue
How the issue might be addressed?
Ethical issue 1
Ethical issue 2
Ethical issue 3