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Scenario: Urban Planning You work for a private consultancy firm that is bidding to conduct research commissioned by a state government agency. Applicants must submit a research proposal, following a format provided by the agency. Your department has established a peer mentoring program to help its members submit effective bids for government contracts. As a peer mentor, your job is to: Identify potential problems in the draft research proposals;Suggest means to address those problems; andClearly explain the basis for your recommendations, by linking them to sources that support your criticisms and recommendations (these sources should include course lectures, assigned readings, and your own independent readings). You have received the following draft proposal. The organisation’s instructions to the team leaders are provided in blue italic type. The applicant’s responses are in black standard type. Write a report that presents your written feedback to the applicant on how they can improve their research proposal, demonstrating your understanding of good research design. Use the course readings to explain and justify your feedback alongside other materials you may find, e.g. existing research related to the topic. Introduction and background: State the question your research will answer and explain the benefits of the proposed research to the organisation or the local community. Increases in urban density, particularly in outer and fringe areas, has put pressure on the road network in recent years, and is expected to grow over the coming decades. Alongside investment in public transport, the State Government has developed the Victorian Cycling Strategy 2018-28 to improve Victorians’ access to cycling as a transport mode. Current evidence collected by the State Government suggests that 60% of Victorians are interested in cycling. However, we will focus on the Western suburbs of Melbourne, specifically on new suburbs and estates, as based on our viewing of Google Maps, the provision of cycling infrastructure in the area appears limited. We reason that because these are new and developing areas, new and future residents may not have had their chance to have their say. Our research will aim to prove that further investment is required in cycle paths and cycleways in the area. Literature review: State the literature search strategies you have used to determine whether previous research has answered this question. Summarise the major lines of research that have already been conducted on thisquestion. We conducted a systematic search through the Google Scholar search function, using the search term ‘cycle paths Melbourne. This search returned approximately 72,000 results, which was obviously more than could be reasonably assessed by our research team. However, based on our reading of the titles of the paper from the search results, only the first page (about 9 articles) of results appeared relevant to our research, with results from pages two and onward on topics that were not relevant to us (like hot-water systems). This demonstrates that it is an under-researched area and requires further work. Method: Describe how you would carry out the research and explain why this method is appropriate given your research question. The research will be conducted in two stages. In the first stage, we will collect maps of the existing cycle path network, and identify the ‘gaps’ in the network where cycle paths are absent. This will help prove that cycling infrastructure is required in or around those streets and roads specifically. The second stage will be a survey conducted at a selection of major shopping centres in the Werribee area. We will have a team of researchers standing at the entrances, asking customers if they would like to stop for a brief survey about their cycling habits. We will rotate between the major shopping centres, staying at each centre for a week (Monday to Friday) during daylight hours. Willing participants will be asked a series of questions, including: Where they liveTheir average household incomeTheir commuting habitsIf they own a bicycle, and if so, how often they use it, and if they would like to use it more We will collate the responses we collect into bar charts to display key trends. Ethics: Please use the following table to highlight major ethical risks for the project, and to discuss how you would eliminate or manage these risks. Type of riskSpecific risksStrategiesPhysicalWe might get in the way of customersWe will stand off to the side and avoid standing in entrancesPsychologicalSome people may feel uncomfortable giving personal information, e.g. where they live, how much they earnWe will make sure to inform participants that the survey is anonymousSocialN/ALegalN/AFinancialN/AOther


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