DOC670 Trident University Compiling the DSP Research Proposal

Module 5 – SLP

Comparing Models to Assess the Research Problem

In this SLP you will use statistical tests and graphics to determine if measures are significantly different across some specified criteria. Since your research is focused on one firm, you will be testing across relatively small sets of data. With such small sets of data, the tests do not assume normality that is required of parametric statistics. In parametric statistics, samples are drawn from a population so as to make generalizations from that population. For the tests you are doing in your dissertation, you will use small sample t-tests and visualizations.

For the United Way, this spreadsheet shows the donations across 14 of their major corporate partners. The donations are broken out by gender. Not only are they interested in the total gifts from each firm but also the break-out by gender and the average per person donation. Here is an image of the clickable spreadsheet shown in Figure 7.

Figure 7

Figure 9. Pivot Table example

SLP Assignment Expectations

Using the secondary data for your selected firm, produce an analysis that compares some key criteria to show the selected areas of focus in your research on your firm. This analysis will help you to show the importance of your research question for this firm and set the stage for the qualitative research you are about to undertake.

Produce a spreadsheet with associated graphs, also provide a page or two to discuss this data analysis and the conclusions you have drawn. Add this to the growing work you have on the Background for the firm you are studying. By integrating this work into your Background section, you will have completed an important addition for the appendix of your Dissertation. So be sure that you put together all five SLPs that tell the story of why you selected this firm for your Dissertation and how your analysis supports the importance of the work you will be doing on this dissertation research.

Your assignment will be graded using the following criteria:

Assignment-Driven Criteria: Student demonstrates mastery covering all key elements of the assignment.

Critical Thinking/Application to Professional Practice: Student demonstrates mastery conceptualizing the problem and analyzing information. Conclusions are logically presented and applied to professional practice in an exceptional manner.

Business Writing and Quality of References: Student demonstrates mastery and proficiency in written communication and use of appropriate and relevant literature at the doctoral level.

Citing Sources: Student demonstrates mastery applying APA formatting standards to both in-text citations and the reference list.

Professionalism and Timeliness: Assignments are submitted on time.

Module 5 – Background

Comparing Models to Assess the Research Problem

Required Reading

EvaSys. (2018). How to effectively carry out a qualitative data analysis. Retrieved May 10, 2018, from

Reporting and discussing your findings. (2018). Retrieved May 10, 2018, from the Monash University website at

Data presentation and analysis. (2018). Retrieved May 10, 2018 from the Planning Tank website at

Research data management system project: Best practices in research data management. (2018). New England Collaborative Data Management Curriculum. Retrieved May 10, 2018.

Rowley, J. (2002). Using case studies in research. Management Research News, 25(1), 16-27. Retrieved May 10, 2018. Available in the Trident Online Library. (Search by title and author’s last name.)

Stockberger, D. (2016). Introductory statistics: Concepts, models, and applications. Missouri State. Retrieved from

Brown, N., Lave, B., Romey, J., Schatz, M., & Shingledecker, M. (2018) Beginning Excel. OpenOregon, Creative Commons License. Retrieved from and

Book II: Chapters 1–4 and
Book V: Chapter 1 in:
Harvey, G. (2016). Excel 2016 All-in-One For Dummies. John Wiley & Sons. Available in the Trident Online Library: Follow these instructions for Finding Skillsoft Books. Enter 112925 in the search bar.

Video Material

ExcellsFun. (2012, October 19). Excel data analysis: Sort, filter, PivotTable, formulas (25 examples): HCC Professional Day 2012 [Video file]. Retrieved from

Gibbs, G. R. (2015, March 4). Quality in qualitative research [Video file]. Retrieved from

Curry, L. (2015, June 23). Fundamentals of qualitative research methods: Data analysis (module 5) [Video file]. Retrieved from

Russell, D. (2014, October 24). Introduction to quantitative data analysis [Video file]. Retrieved from

McGinn, J., Kaniasty, E., Mistry, D., Soucy, K., & Snyder, C. (2012). Delivering results: How do you report user research findings? New Hampshire Usability Professional’s Association Meeting. Retrieved from

Sampling and Data

Gibbs, G. R. (2012, October 24). Social surveys. Part 1 of 2 on surveys and sampling [Video file]. Retrieved from

Gibbs, G. R. (2012, October 24). Sampling. Part 2 of 2 on surveys and sampling [Video file]. Retrieved from

Gibbs, G. R. (2014, March 11). Crosstabulations and their interpetation. Part 1 of 2 on crosstabulations and chi-square [Video file]. Retrieved from

Gibbs, G. R. (2014, March 11). The chi-square statistic and reporting results. Part 2 of 2 on crosstabulations and chi-square [Video file]. Retrieved from

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