Practice Exercises

1. Call a local social or health service administrator or a criminal justice official, and arrange for an interview. Ask the official about his or her experience with applied research reports and conclusions about the value of social research and the best techniques for reporting to practitioners.

2. Interview a professor who has written a research article for publication based on original data. Ask the professor to describe his or her experiences while writing the article. Review the decisions made in reporting the research design, developing a plan for data analysis, and writing up findings and conclusions. What issues seemed to be most challenging in this process?

3. Complete the Interactive Exercise for Chapter 16.