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Section 3


Section 3 Overview

The purpose of Section 3 is to present your findings. The content of the Findings subsection is based upon your Doctoral Project or Dissertation-in-Practice. For instance, students who complete a Doctoral Project may share findings related to the data-informed execution of their project. Students who complete a Dissertation-in-Practice may present raw data collected in an appropriate format for qualitative or quantitative data collection processes. Refer to your ADE Proposal and Manuscript Template (school-specific) for guidance on the content of the Findings subsection and consult with your Chair should you have additional questions.

The Section 3 Findings subsection also generally includes tables, figures, and graphs, that must be presented in proper APA format. Even in qualitative studies, demographics or project questions aligned to themes can also be put into a table. When you include a table, figure, or graph, be sure to provide an explanation. Tables, figures, and graphs should be prepared in a manner the reader can easily interpret with a clear associated explanation of the pertinent information you wish to convey. 

Whether you have used a qualitative or quantitative methodology, your findings must adhere to the theoretical or conceptual framework of your Doctoral Project or Dissertation-in-Practice. The findings should also align with the problem statement, purpose, and questions. Consult your ADE Proposal and Manuscript Template (school-specific) or Chair if you need assistance.

Section 3 Documents

IRB Data Collection Closure

Example Instruments and Tools for Data Analysis

NU provides students SPSS and NVivo software for free in the Student Technology Resource Center. The Student Technology Resource Center is located in University Services. Find University Services in your course drop-down list in NCUOne.

The links below are to additional free/open-source software that students may find useful.

Data Collection and Analysis Software

Note: Doctoral students taking courses in NU Brightspace can find directions on how to download NVivo and SPSS in the NU Library Connection. Find the NU Library Connection in your course list and then navigate to the Data Analysis Software for Doctoral Students sub-module within the Research Help module.

Section 3 Video

Video Resources