What can we do to reduce juvenile delinquency in the U.S.?
For example, if the research topic were juvenile delinquency, a student might ask the following questions:
• What is the 1994 rate of juvenile delinquency in the U.S.?
• What can we do to reduce juvenile delinquency in the U.S.?
• Does education play a role in reducing juvenile delinquents’ return to crime?
Once you complete your list, review your questions in order to choose a usable one that is neither too broad nor too narrow. In this case, the best research question is “c.” Question “a” is too narrow, since it can be answered with a simple statistic. Question “b” is too broad; it implies that the researcher will cover many tactics for reducing juvenile delinquency that could be used throughout the country. Question “c,” on the other hand, is focused enough to research in some depth.