The purpose of a Literature Review is to locate/place your study within the cont
The purpose of a Literature Review is to locate/place your study within the context of a broader professional/scholastic literature (7-9 double-spaced pages in length excluding bibliography, plus a properly cited bibliography). This is not an annotated bibliography (but you can start with that before your write your literature review). You need to read and review 12-15 articles, at a minimum.
You must select a research topic and state it clearly and concisely.
“How can public administrators better use information technology to manage and encourage citizen engagement?”
“District of Columbia Public Schools: How can the Central Office be reformed?”
“How can performance measurement of a local government be improved?”
“What do we know about effective ways to build emergency preparedness in a collaborative networks?”
“What are the culture, leadership and staffing related challenges of your local government?”
“What are the organizational and environmental factors that affect the efficiency of local contracting? What are some of the challenges?”
“What are the organizational challenges of the Los Angeles County Solid Waste Management?”
“How can participatory budgeting be used effectively as an innovative budgeting tool?”
“How can the anti-human trafficking task force collaboration be enhanced?”
“What are the contemporary problems and solutions to nonprofit recruitment and retention?”
The instructor will not constrain students’ selection of the topic in any way: students may focus on any public or nonprofit management issue. At this point, most students will have a special interest in one or more aspects of public management and public administration issues.
You must state a specific and testable (falsifiable) research question clearly and concisely on that topic.
You must conduct a comprehensive and thorough literature search of scholarly and professional journals and books on this topic. (Start first with peer reviewed articles only.)
You must rewrite your research question after completion of the literature review.
You must identify the key sources that relate to your topic and research question and explain what makes them important and relevant to your topic.
You must systematically synthesize these key sources by conducting a rigorous analysis of core themes that are common among them.
You must formally cite all references consistent with professional standards and guidelines. You must provide a comprehensive bibliography.
Overall writing style including organization, sentence fluidity and clarity, paragraph structure, number, and quality of sources.
How well you cite those sources. (APA or Chicago Style)
How well you relate the various sources to one another thematically (clearly synthesizing the existing research).
How well you lay-out deficiencies in existing studies as well as useful information or data you will incorporate into your research topic.
Papers must be in APA or Chicago writing style. Submittals failing to comply with the requirements will be either marked down or returned as unacceptable.