How to Write an Ethnographic Research Proposal | eHow

I cannot resist including anecdotal evidence gathered from personal experience: in 2003, I submitted an ethnographic research proposal to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to explore the uses and meanings of public parks and recreation facilities, consistent with the larger goal of the organization's program to explore public health deficits of Americans, especially obesity. I was told my proposal was rejected because it did not include numeric measures of physical activity as a dependent variable. Upon asking, one officer of the organization suggested that I use heart-rate monitors instead of observations and interviews to objectively measure the utility of public parks. In this case, the mismatch between the organization's research questions and the kinds of studies it funded was particularly obvious, yet this is not an uncommon problem. []

How to Write an Ethnographic Research Proposal

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