A Content Analysis of Applied Research Projects Completed at Texas State University in the Master of Public Administration Program from 2010-2018
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Purpose: This study first examines the background and history of the MPA program at Texas state. It then reviews literature on the major components of the program’s capstone process the Applied Research Project (ARP) Drawing on similar studies of ARP’s, Texas State ARPs from 2010-2018 are described. Methodology: This study utilizes content analysis to analyze 167 ARPs. Content analysis is the method of choice because it involves a direct and systematic examination of the documents. The five dimensions of the paper include Topics, level of government, research purpose, framework, and methods used. Findings: The findings of this study, when compared to previous research reveal similar Texas State Applied Research Projects (Stewart, Ilo, and Gute) there are common trends and minor differences. Some of the trending similarities are clear purposes, conceptual frameworks, similar use in topical categories and levels of government, and also similar research methods and statistical techniques. Compared to previous findings, page volume has increased. Findings are discussed in the results and conclusion chapters.