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What’s Your Problem?!…statement

problem statementOne of the first questions I ask my clients when they are deciding what they want their dissertation research to be about is:

“At the end of the day, what do you want to know?” 

A great way to answer this question is by writing out several potential titles for the proposed dissertation topic.  For example, if you are interested in researching social capital, what do you want to know about it.  Title suggestions should include your belief of what the problem is:

1) Increasing Social Capital of Lower Income Non-profit Fundraisers.

2) How Social Capital Impacts Fundraising Capacity for Non-profits that serve Lower Income Populations.

3) The Impact of Social Capital on Fundraising in Non Profits Serving Lower Income Populations.

Though social capital is the topic, fundraising while serving lower income populations appears to be the problem.  In other words, fundraising may not be generated as significantly in comparison to other non-profits who do not serve a similar public.

Give it a try and we’ll explore how to determine if a qualitative or quantitative research methodology is most feasible for one of these topics.

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