Older homeless Men Under-utilization of recreation programs-stakeholders’ perceptions

Do a research on why the homeless males are not participating in healthy recreational programs offered at JICC in Toronto, by asking the staff their perceptions.
SMR is yet to be approved. Make the SMR stronger following the recommendations in the comments of the track changes.

Scientific Merit Process
DSW learners engaging in the required action research for their dissertation will use this form for the scientific merit review process. The goals of this process are to: (1) facilitate the planning of the details of your action research project, (2) ensure that the proposed project has rigor and allow for scientific merit review and (3) facilitate your progress through the dissertation. This is not an addition to your dissertation but rather a step in the process to assist you in obtaining mentor, committee, school, and IRB approval more efficiently. You must obtain scientific merit approval before writing your full action research proposal.

Scientific Merit Criteria
The following criteria will be used to establish scientific merit. The purpose of the review will determine if the proposed project:

1. Contributes to society by improving a practice
2. Documents need for change by utilizing evidence-based research or a needs assessment
3. Meets certain standards of a viable action research project including: Practical application, collaboration, alignment between research questions and proposed methods, description of stakeholder recruitment plan and inclusion/exclusion criteria, addresses potential ethical issues and a clear action plan

** SMART form Approval

Your completed SMART form will be approved, not approved, or deferred for major or minor revisions. The Scientific Merit Reviewer will use a check list to determine if the study meets the criteria for scientific merit and the reviewer will provide specific feedback designed to identify any issues that need to be resolved related to the scientific merit or the proposed methodology for the SMART form to be approved. You will have up to three opportunities to submit this form for Scientific Merit approval. Approval does not mean you will obtain IRB approval. The IRB review is a separate review and will focus on ethical issues related to your proposed study.

** Obtaining SMART form approval does not guarantee you will obtain IRB approval. A detailed ethical review will be conducted during the process of IRB approval.

Recommendations for How to Use This Form

This SMART form is intended to help you plan the details of your dissertation research. It provides an opportunityfor you and your mentor to develop all of the details of your design. Once you have obtained mentor and dissertation committee approval of your SMART form, your mentor will submit your plan for school review. Once you have obtained school level approval, you will expand upon the information you have submitted here and write the dissertation proposal. The methodology section of your proposal follows the Dissertation Chapter 3 outline. It is recommended that you use this form in a step-by-step way to help you plan your design. Expect that you will go through several revisions before your mentor and dissertation committee approves this form.

When you have completed this form and it has Mentor and dissertation committee approval, your Mentor will submit it to dissertation@capella.edu for official scientific merit review (Milestone 3)
Do’s and Don’ts
• Do prepare your answers in a separate Word document, as editing and revising will be easier
o Set font formatting to Times New Roman, 11 point, regular style font or Arial, 10 point, regular style font. Use the “Format” menu.
o Do set paragraph indentation (“Format” menu) for no indentation, no spacing.
• Do copy/paste items into the right-hand fields when they are ready.
• Don’t delete the descriptions in the left column.
• Don’t lock the form. That will prevent you from editing and revising within the form.
• Do complete the “Learner and Program Information” (Section 1).
• Don’t skip items or sections. If an item does not apply to your study, type “NA” in its field; (do not leave blank spaces in the form).
• Do read the item descriptions and their respective Instructions carefully. Each item requests very specific information. Be sure you understand what is asked (Good practice for your IRB application!).
• Do use primary sources to the greatest extent possible as references. Textbooks (Patton, Leedy and Ormrod, etc.) are not acceptable as the only references supporting methodological and design choices. Use them to track down the primary sources.
• Do submit a revised SMART form if, after approval, you change your design elements. It may not need a second review, but the mentor should send any revisions to the Scientific Merit Reviewer before your IRB is submitted.

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