Research Methodology

As from the previous post, the problem identified in the Hooksett, New Hampshire, is child abuse. This study will examine the nurse-family partnership intervention to manage child abuse. Child abuse in this town has been studied extensively, which has led to a huge library of information. As such, I will use the literature review as the primary method for data collection. Also, issues regarding resources and logistics amid the covid-19 pandemic threatens the success of other methods such as interviews and focus groups.

I will conduct the systematic review in six generic steps, which are backed by Templier & Paré (2015) and Khan, Kunz, Kleijnen & Antes (2003). The first step entails formulating the research question and objectives. Research questions and objectives guide the study to be specific so that populations, interventions, outcomes, or study designs are apparent. The second step concerns searching the extant literature. Khan, Kunz, Kleijnen & Antes (2003) explain that one must choose a wide array of computerized and printed sources that are relevant to the research question and objectives.

The third step is screening for inclusion, where the applicability of literature resources identified is determined through enhanced objectivity and avoidance of biases. The fourth step is assessing the quality of primary studies, where the differences in them are evaluated to identify its impact on the conclusions for the current study. The fifth step is the extraction of data and evidence by tabulating as per the research questions and objectives. Lastly, I will analyze and synthesize the data. I may explore the heterogeneity of the studies to determine whether the findings are trustworthy, through either of grounded theory, narrative analysis, meta-ethnography methods. I will approach this part of the project my sourcing literature through relevant protocols, consulting project supervisors, and peers in my course.


Khan, K., Kunz, R., Kleijnen, J., & Antes, G. (2003). Five steps to conducting a systematic review. JRSM, 96(3), 118-121. doi: 10.1258/jrsm.96.3.118

Templier, M., & ParĂ©, G. (2015). A Framework for Guiding and Evaluating Literature Reviews. Communications Of The Association For Information Systems, 37. doi: 10.17705/1cais.03706