Research Methods: Presentation of Results or Findings

In-depth rubric explanations, examples, and video exemplars.


Highest Quality Rating (3 points)

Thoroughly describe the data or results of their inquiry (such as extended quotes or survey results)

Written Example: In their presentation to the superintendent on the school to jail track in the school district, the students show the rates of suspensions for students of color versus White students for the same offenses. They then focus on case studies of two students who commit the same offenses in school but whose lives lead to different outcomes. Finally, they highlight quotes from interviews with peers who shared their experiences of unfair disciplinary actions in school.

Video Example: The students begin with a thorough explanation of the background information they have collected, followed by a clear discussion of data. Not only do they explain who they surveyed, the students also explain why these people were chosen. The presenters also walk the audience through the results for each data set that relates to their solution.

Mid-Quality Rating (2 points)

Presenters mention some data but do not provide detail.

Written Example:  In discussing the school to jail track with the superintendent, the students mention that students of color are suspended at higher rates than their White peers for the same offenses. They do not provide detailed data that exposes the unjust outcomes and effects that these disproportionate disciplinary tactics have on the lives of students.

Video Example: Although presenters address data on “relationship between police and students of color in South Los Angeles,” they do not provide sufficient information to place this data into the broader context. Presenters fail to record data from White students (if their student body consists of a such small percentage of White students, that giving these students a survey was unrealistic, this limitation should have been mentioned). Presenters also fail to report all demographics for each question in their survey, and only compare 2 demographics for each survey question. Survey results of Black females, Black males, Latino males and Latina females are shown, however presenters chose which data they would report for each survey question, rather than  displaying all results No explanation is offered for these omissions. 

Lower Quality Rating (1 point)

Data informing or supporting the policy proposal are absent or unclear. .

Written Example: Students state that disciplinary actions in their schools are unfair and racist. They do not, however, provide a context or data to support their claims.

Video Example: Although the group identifies the problem as disability hate crimes, presenters do not provide any data or context to support their claims. Video clips are shown, however no evidence is provided with reference to the problem.