Below is a starting draft I require it to be more elaborate and touch on all of these points. I have also added citations and the links to the data I will utilize.
– Introduction. The introduction should succinctly state the research question your design addresses and why it is important or what puzzle motivates it. It should also briefly outline the design itself, the method and data. Finally, use the introduction to tell the reader what you plan to do with the design: whether you plan to develop it into a research paper or whether it is more exploratory.
– Previous Literature. Broader political science literature within which your research question is located; show why the narrower topic you address is important within that literature; and identify a gap which
the study you propose would fill. It is important to be specific in this last point: identify the most recent and prominent papers which are closest to addressing your research question, or which have
addressed the question in a different way. Explain very clearly how your research design is different, and will improve upon or complement those contributions.
– Research Question. Here, you need to explicitly state the research question/puzzle and hypothesis
that you will test in your design. This does not mean that you need to have a fully-fledged theoretical
discussion; a relatively short descriiption of the theoretical intuition or puzzle behind the hypothesis
will suffice. You may have to discuss the specificities of the cases you examine, if these are relevant
to the design. However, the question/hypothesis should not simply be stated without any
– Method. Explain and justify the research method you propose to use to test your hypothesis. This
should probably be taken from one of the weeks of the POS 503 syllabus. Refer to the relevant
readings to explain the assumptions underlying the method, its strengths and weaknesses. If you plan
to run a regression, specify the regression equation here. Tell the reader whether your research design
will allow you to make causal claims and how; if it does not, explain why. Explain explicitly the logic
of applying this specific design to your specific research hypothesis. Tell the reader why you have
chosen to use this method rather than others which could be more robust or have been used by
other researchers to answer your question.
– Data & Measurement. Define the independent and dependent variables in your design. Discuss the
process of case selection or sampling, how the relevant variables are measured and what data sources
you propose to use. Justify your choices in measurement, discussing how your measures relate to the
relevant underlying concepts and alternative measures if relevant. Discuss which control variables
you will use and if you are unable to control for relevant factors, explain why. If preliminary data are
available, present them in an informative way.
– Conclusion. Use the conclusion to sum up your research design and its strengths and weaknesses.
You could also make some comments on areas which still need to be finalized or expanded upon,
and on the general feasibility of carrying out your design.
-Findings and connections
Please treat this as if it is to be turned into a journal (it will not)
OLS REGRESSION WILL NOT BE NEEDED I WILL INCORPORATE THAT.