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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.

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:

Note: if you are designing a research study, explore the Research Methods Information guide for helpful resources.

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