This week, you will complete the Nature of Study section of the Prospectus Form. For the Nature of Study section, you will explain the systematic approach (research design) you will use to address your research question(s) along with identifying any barriers, challenges, or limitations you may encounter with your study. Complete the Nature of the Study and Significance Sections of the Prospectus Form. As you work through these sections, use the following information to guide you:

Nature of Study

In this section, we will discuss the systematic approach or research design that will be used to address the research question(s) proposed in the prospectus. Additionally, we will identify any potential barriers, challenges, or limitations that may be encountered throughout the study.

Research Design:

The research design refers to the overall plan or strategy that will be used to conduct the study. It outlines the specific methods and procedures that will be employed to gather and analyze data in order to answer the research question(s). The choice of research design is crucial as it determines the validity and reliability of the study’s findings.

In our case, the research question(s) require an in-depth exploration and analysis of a complex phenomenon. Therefore, a qualitative research design will be employed. Qualitative research is a flexible and holistic approach that allows for a deep understanding of the participants’ experiences and perspectives, as well as the social and cultural contexts in which they are situated.

Specifically, a phenomenological approach will be used as the research design. Phenomenology aims to understand the essence and meaning of human experiences as described by those who have lived these experiences. This approach is well-suited for our research question(s) as it will allow us to explore and describe the lived experiences of individuals in relation to our topic of interest.

Participants will be selected through purposeful sampling, ensuring that they possess relevant knowledge and experiences related to the phenomenon under study. Data will be collected through in-depth interviews, which will provide rich and detailed accounts of participants’ experiences and perspectives. These interviews will be recorded and transcribed for analysis.

Data analysis will involve a thematic approach, where recurring themes and patterns will be identified and interpreted. This will allow for the development of a comprehensive understanding of the phenomenon being studied. The analysis will be iterative and will involve constant comparison and reflection to ensure rigor and credibility of the findings.

Potential Barriers, Challenges, and Limitations:

While conducting the study, several barriers, challenges, and limitations may arise that could impact the research process and findings. These include:

1. Access to Participants: Obtaining access to individuals who have the desired experiences and knowledge can be challenging. It may require building rapport and establishing trust with potential participants, as well as overcoming any gatekeepers or organizational hurdles.

2. Time Constraints: Conducting qualitative research is time-intensive, with data collection, analysis, and interpretation requiring significant time investments. Balancing the demands of data collection with other responsibilities may be a challenge and could impact the overall timeline of the study.

3. Researcher Bias: Researchers bring their own biases and assumptions to the study, which can influence the interpretation of data. To mitigate this, maintaining reflexivity and engaging in peer debriefing and member checking will be important to ensure objectivity and validity.

4. Generalizability: Qualitative research findings are not intended to be generalizable to the entire population but instead aim for a deep understanding of a specific phenomenon. Therefore, the findings may not necessarily be applicable to other contexts or populations.

5. Ethical Considerations: Ensuring the ethical conduct of the research, including confidentiality, informed consent, and participant protection, is of utmost importance. Addressing ethical considerations throughout the study may present challenges that need to be carefully navigated.

In conclusion, the nature of our study will involve a phenomenological research design, utilizing qualitative methods to explore and understand the experiences and perspectives of participants. This approach will provide a comprehensive and in-depth examination of the phenomenon being studied. However, several barriers, challenges, and limitations need to be considered throughout the research process to maintain the rigor and validity of the findings. These include access to participants, time constraints, researcher bias, generalizability, and ethical considerations. By addressing these potential challenges proactively, we can ensure the integrity and quality of our research.