# Write a research brief | Be US Census Bureau’s Chief Analyst (Lesson 5 of 5) | 6-8

### Student Objective

Students will be able to:
1. Write a research brief and report to a governor of a US state answering the question, "Are the households in my state better off than they were 10 years ago?"

### Instructions

This activity builds off of, “3a-d: Knowledge Constructor | Statistical Inference | Be US Census Bureau’s Chief Analyst – Part 4 | 6-8

Materials Needed:

### Step 1: “What information do you think the governor wants in the research brief/report?”

• Think-Pair-Share:
• Have students answer the question: what information do you think the governor wants in the research brief/report?”
• Exemplar Response:
• Variables used in the analysis
• why we used those variables
• what data we used and from what time periods
• we used a sample from the state’s population
• what statistically significant differences exist within a state over 2 years
• the steps and tests we can that led us to determine statistical significance
• what question we are answering
• the answer to the question
• Push Thinking:
• If we could have had access to or collect other data, what other data would be useful for this analysis?

### Step 2: Introduce Enduring Question

• Today, we ask ourselves, “How do we compile a research brief for the governor of a US state?”

### Step 3: Show Students the Essential Elements of a Research Brief/Report

• Essential Elements are:
• Introduction and Background
• what question are we trying to answer?
• why are we answering this specific question?
• Methodology
• what data did we use for this report?
• why is that data reliable and useful?
• what variables did we select for analysis?
• how did we use the data to answer the question?
• what steps did we take to analyze our data?
• Data Analysis and Results
• What were the results of our data analysis (the steps we took to analyze the information)?
• Conclusion
• What is our answer to the question?

### Step 4: Provide students scaffolded report template to write out their research brief/report

• Provide students a copy of this scaffolded guide to write their research brief
• Have them independently run through and “circulate” through the documents as they share it with you

### Step 5: Students take the draft from their scaffolded document and have peer review

• Have students pair up and share their first draft with their peer
• Have peers provide feedback to students
• Peers provide feedback on each other’s papers by highlighting section of text and commenting in google documents:
• Was their Introduction and Background clear?
• Was their methodology section clear and understandable?
• Does their peer make a clear conclusion and share it?

### Step 6: Students submit the document for teacher review (teacher provides feedback)

• Students should have already shared their document link with you, so you will be able to see their progress

### Step 9: Stamp end of Lesson

• At the beginning of our journey of being a Data Analyst for the US Census Bureau, we asked the question, “How do we compile a research brief, or report, for a governor of a US state?”
• In this activity, we actually crafted a research brief and have submitted it to the governor for their review.