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Start by understanding just what a hypothesis is! Generally used in quantitative research studies, it's an educated guess or prediction about the relationship between two variables. It must be a testable statement...something that you can support or falsify with observable evidence.
- Take some time to review this brief tutorial for a simple explanation.
- If you need still more detail, visit the SAGE Research Methods Map.
A good hypothesis will be written as a statement or question that specifies:
- The dependent variable(s): who or what you expect to be affected
- The independent variable(s): who or what you predict will affect the dependent variable
- What you predict the effect will be.
See some examples:
- Examples of social science hypotheses (text)
- Experimental questions and hypotheses (text)
- Identifying parts of an hypothesis (interactive)
- Testable and non-testable statements (text)
Note: if you are designing a research study, explore the Research Methods Information guide for helpful resources.