DHA Prospectus Form

Students | Complete your doctoral prospectus within this form. Write your responses in the white spaces using a scholarly tone and include in-text citations and APA reference entries where appropriate. You can click on underlined terms and headings for descriptions, resource links, and examples located in the Appendix. For additional prospectus information and resources, refer to the Doctoral Research Coach. Complete the Research Design Alignment Table within this form using the information from earlier sections and self-assess your research design alignment. Submit this completed form into MyDR for formal evaluation and feedback when your committee chair indicates that you are ready to do so.

Student’s Name | Click or tap here to enter text.                                                                              Student ID | Click or tap here to enter text.          

Program and Specialization* | Click or tap here to enter text.                                                          Submission Date | Click arrow to select a date.

*Remember that your study focus must be within the realm of your program and specialization area.

Evaluators Only | Complete this section and provide feedback on responses and rubric scores in the form where noted.

Committee Chairperson Name:  Click or tap here to enter text.                                                       Overall Assessment:   Choose score.

Second Committee Member Name:  Click or tap here to enter text.                                                Overall Assessment:   Choose score.

PhD Program Director:  Click or tap here to enter text.                                                                     Overall Assessment:   Choose score.

Title In 12 words or less, what is the working title for this study?  Include the topic, variables and relationship between them, and the most critical key words.
  Replace this text with your title.  
Supporting Literature The first step in developing your prospectus is to search the literature related to the general area related to healthcare administration you want to investigate (see social problem below).In your review of recent, empirical literature, what keywords did you search and in what databases?
The keywords and databases searched included   Replace this text with your response.  
Provide at least 10 brief summaries of recent, scholarly (peer-reviewed) articles and empirical literature. The summaries should include: a) 3 – 5 brief summaries within the last 5 years that justify a current and relevant problem in your discipline or professional field; b) article(s) that support your theoretical/conceptual framework; c) article that supports your Nature of the Study section; d) additional articles that support that your problem is current and relevant to your discipline or professional field for a total of 10 brief summaries. Include the complete, APA reference entry and (a) an in-text citation; (b) what was studied; (c) what was found; and (d) why this research is important in relation to your study. This evidence provides the justification for your research problem.
  Replace this text with your summaries.  
Rubric Standard | Justified > Is evidence presented that this problem is significant to the discipline and/or professional field?
Problem What was the social problem and the healthcare administration problem that prompted you to search the literature to find out more? Write in complete sentences using a scholarly tone.
The situation or issue that prompted me to search the literature is   Replace this text with your response.  
Based on all of the above information (literature, social problem, healthcare administration problem), in one sentence, what is your operational/research problem?
The specific research problem that will be addressed through this study is   Replace this text with your response.
Now that you have read and summarized some of the recent literature, what meaningful gap in practice have you identified that your study will address? (What is still not known?)
Although researchers have investigated this issue, there is very little or no literature on   Replace this text with your response. 
Rubric Standard | Meaningful > Has a meaningful problem and gap in the research literature been identified?   Rubric Standard | Original > Does this doctoral study have potential to make an original contribution?  
Purpose To address your stated research problem, what is the purpose of your study? Will you compare, explore, examine, etc.? Complete the purpose sentence below and be sure to clarify your dependent and independent variables of interest.
The purpose of this quantitative study is to   Replace this text with your response. 
Framework (Conceptual or Theoretical) What theory(ies) and/or concept(s) support (frame) your study and who are the original authors? Provide an in-text citation with your response, and the complete APA reference entry with summary in the Background section.  
The theories and/or concepts that ground this study include   Replace this text with your response. 
How do these theories and/or concepts relate to your research problem, purpose, and the nature of your study?
The logical connections between the framework presented and the nature of my study include   Replace this text with your response. 
Rubric Standard | Grounded > Is the problem framed to enable the researcher to either build upon or counter the previously published findings on the topic?  
Research Question(s) and Hypotheses List the question(s) that you plan to use to address the research problem. Your questions must align with your study purpose and include the dependent and independent variables and how they will be examined.
  Replace this text with your research question(s) and hypotheses (if applicable). 
Nature of the Study What systematic approach (methodology and research design) do you plan to use to address your research question(s)?
To address the research questions in this quantitative study, the specific research design I will include   Replace this text with your response.   Reference entry for the work on which this approach is based: Replace this text with your response.
What is the possible secondary data source(s)?
For my planned research design, I will need   Replace this text with your response. 
What specific data points from these sources do you plan to use to answer your research question(s)?
  Replace this text with your response. 
What limitations, challenges, and/or barriers might you need to address while conducting this study (e.g., access to participants, access to data, requirements for storing data, separation of roles or other ethical considerations, instrumentation fees, etc.)?
  Replace this text with your response. 
Rubric Standard | Feasible > Can a systematic method of inquiry be used to address the problem; and does the approach have the potential to address the problem while considering potential risks and burdens placed on research participants?  
Significance How will your study address the meaningful, discipline-specific issue that you identified and therefore contribute to your field, discipline, professional practice, etc. contributing to positive social change?
This study is significant in that   Replace this text with your response. 
Rubric Standard | Impact > Does this doctoral study have potential to affect positive social change?   Rubric Standard | Objective > Is the topic approached in an objective manner?  


Partner Site Masking Self-Check Walden capstones typically mask the identity of the partner organization. The methodological and ethical reasons for this practice as well as criteria for exceptions are outlined here (link to posted guidance).
☐ Check here to confirm that you will mask the identity of the organization in the final capstone that you publish in ProQuest.   ☐  If you perceive that your partner organization’s identity would be impossible to mask or if there is a strong rationale for naming the organization in your capstone, please check this box so that your Program Director can review your request for an exception. If granted, that exception must be confirmed by the IRB during the ethics review process. The IRB will also ensure that your consent form(s) and/or site agreement(s) permit naming the organization.
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