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Due Date: 11:59 pm EST, Sunday of Unit 3
Points: 100

Overview:

In the previous two units, you identified a proposal topic for your research project, developed an

overview of your proposal, and learned how to conduct a literature review of scholarly sources about

your topic. This assignment is Part 3 of your research project.

In this activity, you will begin to narrow the focus of your research project topic through understanding
and application of principles of research measurement. This work will prepare you to identify and
articulate the underlying concept(s) for your research topic and articulate how measurement informs
the process by which research seeks to learn and know about the topic.

Your finished product will be in the form of a paper that details the process you followed, examining
important considerations of measurement and other criteria that show how you determined which
measurement factors are most likely to benefit your project and why.

Instructions:

For this assignment, you will prepare a paper that includes the following:

• An Introduction and Conclusion of your paper.

• Introduction to Measurement: Provide an introduction that fully reflects how measurement

principles inform and shape your research topic.

• Basic Concepts: Describe how measurement principles help to conceptualize and

operationalize your research topic and explain why.

• Precision and Accuracy Factors: Describe reliability and validity factors supporting precision
and accuracy for your research topic and explain why.

Requirements:

• Your paper should be three (3) pages in length, with additional cover and reference pages, and

page numbers included.

CRJ355 Research in Criminal Justice

Unit 3: Part 3 – Measurement in Criminal Justice Research

• The essay should be double-spaced, written in 12 point Times New Roman font, and use a 1-

inch margin.

• Include at least two (2) scholarly resources with all references and in-text citations properly

formatted in APA.

• Use complete sentences and appropriate grammar and spelling.

Be sure to read the criteria below by which your work will be evaluated before you write and
again after you write. This paper will be checked for originality.

Evaluation Rubric for Measurement in Criminal Justice Research Assignment

CRITERIA Deficient
Needs

Improvement
Proficient Exemplary

(0-5 Points) (6-7 Points) (8 Points) (9-10 Points)

Paper
Introduction
and
Conclusion

Paper Introduction
and/or Conclusion
not presented.

Paper Introduction
and Conclusion are
general in presenting
the topic and/or
measurement ideas
or approach for the
project.

Paper Introduction
presents topic and
Criminal Justice
focus of research
project; Conclusion
summarizes
measurement factors
and rationale for its
determination.

Paper Introduction
summarizes topic
and Criminal Justice
focus of the research
project; Conclusion
summarizes
measurement focus
and rationale for its
determination.

(0-11 Points) (12-15 Points) (16-17 Points) (18-20 Points)

Introduction
to
Measurement
in Criminal
Justice
Research

Introduction fails to
discuss
measurement
principles in Criminal
Justice research.

Introduction
describes in limited
ways how
measurement
principles inform or
shape research.

Introduction details
how measurement
principles inform
and/or shape
Criminal Justice
research.

Introduction fully
reflects how
measurement
principles inform and
shape Criminal
Justice research.

Basic
Concepts of
Measurement
in Research

Paper presents
ideas about
measurement
principles but fails to
elaborate on how
they benefit the
research topic or
why.

Paper describes
measurement
principles but is
unclear on how they
conceptualize and
operationalize the
research topic or
why.

Paper describes how
measurement
principals relate to
the conceptualization
and
operationalization of
the research topic
and why.

Paper describes how
measurement
principles help to
benefit conceptualize
and operationalize
the research topic
and why.

Precision
and
Accuracy
Factors in
Research

Paper mentions
precision and
accuracy for the
research project,
may or may not
describe reliability or
validity connection.

Paper mentions and
somewhat describes
reliability and validity
factors, may or may
not connect with
precision and
accuracy for the
research project.

Paper describes
reliability and validity
factors and their
connection to
precision and
accuracy for the
research project,
may not state why.

Paper describes
reliability and validity
factors supporting
precision and
accuracy for the
research project and
why.

(0-5 points) (6-7 points) (8-9 points) (10 points)

Resources 0-1 resource 2 resources 2 resources 1
scholarly resource

2 scholarly
resources

Paper
Length,
Pages
numbered

Less than 1 page or
exceeds maximum
pages requirement

1 page 2 pages, 3 pages, numbered

Clear and
Professional
Writing and
APA Format

Errors impede
professional
presentation;
guidelines not
followed.

Significant errors
that do not impede
professional
presentation.

Few errors that do
not impede
professional
presentation.

Writing and format
are clear,
professional, APA
compliant, and error
free.

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