Most communities have many strengths and weaknesses. So, how do you decide which issue to investigate? This section has lessons that will help you decide what your question can be based on both assets and issues within your community.

Defining the Research Question


  • To identify the issue of interest to be researched

Hypothesis Development


  • To identify the factors that influence the chosen topic
  • To develop hypotheses about the relationships between independent and dependent variables

Your Personal Connection with the Issue


  • To identify a personal connection to an issue
  • To practice public speaking skills