During Weeks 3 and 4, you learned about various qualitative research designs. This week, you will build on this
knowledge. Select two of the five research designs. Define and explain the features of each design using the
resources provided and three other quality resources. Next, develop data collection processes for each of the
selected designs that include discussions of sample size, sampling technique, data collection materials, and
instrumentation. You can include diagrams if you would like.
You are already familiar with the types of instruments used in quantitative data collection, but these are
distinctly different from what is useful in qualitative studies. Qualitative instruments must be structured so that
you are collecting deep and broad data to fully understand the research question. In most cases, you must
design an instrument to extract specific experiential information from your participants. Data collection can
occur through face-to-face interviews, focus groups, or observation; there are also other ways to select
When constructing your data collection plan, it must be clear and it must contain all the steps that you will take
when collecting information from your participants. You will have to include any secondary data that you will
collect. Secondary data can include documents or other evidence that can contribute to understanding the
central phenomenon under study. How will you ensure a data saturation? Remember, practices like member
checking, follow-up interviews, or transcript review are used by qualitative researchers to ensure data
Ultimately when writing this section of your study, it must be logical, repeatable, and reproducible. Every
research decision must be based on accepted research practices; remember to include sources in your
research plan to demonstrate the depth of your knowledge and the support of the academic community.
Length: 5 pages, not including cover and references pages.
Your assignment should demonstrate thoughtful consideration of the ideas and concepts presented in the
course and provide new thoughts and insights relating directly to this topic. Your response should reflect
scholarly writing and current APA standards.