2grace dickersonthe three main research methods W r i t i n g

2grace dickersonthe three main research methods W r i t i n g

Original HW Post

Regulatory, Legal, Ethical, and Accreditation Issues in Research

As highlighted in Chapter 9 of your course text, three research methods are available (descriptive, analytic, and evaluative). Discuss these methods and give one example of how each would be used when conducting research using homeless individuals as subjects. Analyze regulatory, accreditation, ethical, and legal issues and challenges related to each research method.

Your initial contribution should be 250 to 300 words in length. Your research and claims must be supported by your course text and at least one other scholarly source. Use proper APA formatting for in-text citations and references as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.

Guided Response: Review several of your classmates’ posts. Provide a substantive response (minimum of 100 words) to at least two of your peers. Do you agree or disagree with your classmates’ explanation of the appropriateness of the methods used for this group? What other regulatory, ethical, and/or legal issues might be present in your classmates’ examples?

Classmate #1

Accacia Harperwilliams

Descriptive research: is identifying a group of people as vulnerable and which groups are the most vulnerable or impacted. When conducting research on the homeless for this method it is very difficult due to that fact that this group moves from place to place so frequently and or stay in areas temporarily. One Method that is used is the point in time count which tries to make sure homeless people sleeping outside are counted at a certain time in a specific area. The o oh downfall to the point in time count is that it’s not very thorough.

Analytic Research: is within its name. A group of people being analyzed or studied to show why they are a vulnerable group, what their needs are, and what options or programs are available to a vulnerable group. The issues related to research when conducting studies in the homeless is that people move in and out of homeless while also not having a reporting system to keep up with the amount of people. There are so many issues that lead to homelessness but many studies just focus on one main issue.

Evaluative Research: This research Studies any available programs offered to vulnerable groups and if they are reliable services that are making a good impact. The issues with this research can be that results or data from the organization providers can be changed or skewed. From this research it is seen that most programs lack funding they need to operate. With many services being private or run out of churches there tends to be little or no research.

Burkholder, D. M., & Nash, N. B. (2013). Special Population in Health Care [Electronic Version]. Retrieved from http://content.ashford.edu/

Classmate #2

Grace Dickerson

The three main research methods that researchers use to study special populations are Descriptive, Analytic, and Evaluative Research. Descriptive Research aims at figuring out which groups are most at risk for being vulnerable and when they identify those groups, what their needs might be. Accuracy is one of the biggest challenges of descriptive research. Also, there are not any strict terms when it comes to homelessness. Many homeless move in and out of homelessness as well as shelters and group homes. By the time researchers compile and interpret all of their data, it can be outdated. One method that researchers use is called Point-in-time Count. Counters will go and identify the amount of homeless people sleeping in a certain area at one time. This can be a challenge though as it isn’t very accurate and the numbers can change per day (Burkholder and Nash, 2013, pg. 26).

Analytic Research identifies why different groups and individuals are more vulnerable than others and tries to figure out ways to help prevent vulnerability among groups. Analytic research can be difficult to complete since it doesn’t include outside factors that can have huge impacts on vulnerable groups. For the homeless population, it can be hard to track statistics on homeless individuals and families as many go in and out of homelessness (Burkholder and Nash, 2013, pg. 14). Socioeconomic factors can be a huge reason for homelessness. Analytic research can help focus on different communities and identify which factors can lead to homelessness. Different factors can include mental illness, job loss, domestic abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder, and more (Homeless Resource Network, 2020). The problem is that many of these studies only focus on one issue, not all of them, when they can be closely linked.

Evaluative Research focuses on different organizations that are aimed to help vulnerable groups and evaluates their effectiveness in providing different resources. Data is normally pulled from different service providers. This can be difficult since much of that info isn’t reliable and can be chopped and screwed, as well as outdated (Burkholder and Nash, 2013, pg. 19). Researchers always face challenges in funding for their research to be done. When looking at resources for homeless people, there is a lack of solid data, due to many resources being community-based. Researchers would have to team up to gather info from the different community resources, such as churches and nonprofits, to get accurate information.


Burkholder, D. M., & Nash, N. B. (2013). Special populations in health care [Electronic version]. Retrieved from https://content.ashford.edu/

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Homeless Resource Network. (2020). Factors contributing to Homelessness. Retrieved from http://homelessresourcenetwork.org/?page_id=1086#:~:text=Factors%20contributing%20to%20Homelessness%201%20Automobile%20related%20%E2%80%93,of%20the%20spouses%20homeless.%20…%20More%20items…%20

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