Alignment Audits and Modifications Good alignment across your study components is critical for several reasons. A well-aligned study will have methodological rigor, meaning your research will be of higher scholarly quality and the knowledge to be generated will bring more value to your discipline. A well-designed study will reflect that you have a solid understanding of the nature of the proposed research and the application of a given research method and research design to your topic. A well-aligned study will support implementation of the research plan with fidelity to the research design, helping you to achieving your research objectives and answer your research questions. A well-aligned Prospectus is much more likely to be approved by your chair, committee member, and/or URR, allowing you to move forward with your dissertation research.. As you work towards completing the first full draft of your Prospectus, now is the time to assess your complete work. In order to correct for misalignment, you must first assess your study components, element by element, for congruence to identify where misalignment exists. Complete Activity 1, Activity 2, and Activity 3, all of which are found in this week’s Learning Resources. With these thoughts in mind: Post the following: All three completed Activity documents, which function as an alignment audit of your work and required modifications to your Prospectus draft, if any, to take place based upon your audit A completed Change Matrix form, which, if completed correctly, will evidence that you successfully integrated the feedback from your peers (when appropriate to do so) and various Real Time Updates and guidance postings made by the Instructor to you and your classmates during Weeks 2 through 5. Please note that the grading rubric for this Discussion includes criteria and point values for the change matrix activity. Points will be earned based upon how well prior revision requests and recommendations are integrated into this Discussion posting.

 
 

Alignment Audits and Modifications

Good alignment across your study components is critical for several reasons. A well-aligned study will have methodological rigor, meaning your research will be of higher scholarly quality and the knowledge to be generated will bring more value to your discipline. A well-designed study will reflect that you have a solid understanding of the nature of the proposed research and the application of a given research method and research design to your topic. A well-aligned study will support implementation of the research plan with fidelity to the research design, helping you to achieving your research objectives and answer your research questions. A well-aligned Prospectus is much more likely to be approved by your chair, committee member, and/or URR, allowing you to move forward with your dissertation research..

As you work towards completing the first full draft of your Prospectus, now is the time to assess your complete work. In order to correct for misalignment, you must first assess your study components, element by element, for congruence to identify where misalignment exists. Complete Activity 1, Activity 2, and Activity 3, all of which are found in this week’s Learning Resources.

With these thoughts in mind:

Post the following:

All three completed Activity documents, which function as an alignment audit of your work and required modifications to your Prospectus draft, if any, to take place based upon your audit

A completed Change Matrix form, which, if completed correctly, will evidence that you successfully integrated the feedback from your peers (when appropriate to do so) and various Real Time Updates and guidance postings made by the Instructor to you and your classmates during Weeks 2 through 5. Please note that the grading rubric for this Discussion includes criteria and point values for the change matrix activity. Points will be earned based upon how well prior revision requests and recommendations are integrated into this Discussion posting.

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