Units need to be assessed in line with the Skills for Care and Development QCF Assessment Principles Learning Outcome 1: Be able to justify a topic for research within services for health and social care or children and young people Assessment Criteria 1.1.  Identify the area for the research project 1.2.  Develop the aims and objectives of the research project 1.3.  Explain ethical considerations that apply to the area of the research project 1.4.  Complete a literature review of chosen area of research Learning Outcome 2: Understand how the components of research are used Assessment Criteria 2.1.  Critically compare different types of research 2.2.  Evaluate a range of methods that can be used to collect data 2.3.  Identify a range of tools that can be used to analyse data 2.4.  Explain the importance of validity and reliability of data used within research Learning Outcome 3: Be able to conduct a research project within services for health and social care or children and young people Assessment Criteria 3.1.  Identify sources of support whilst conducting a research project 3.2.  Formulate a detailed plan for a research project 3.3.  Select research methods for the project 3.4.  Develop research questions to be used within project 3.5.  Conduct the research using identified research methods 3.6.  Record and collate data Learning Outcome 4: Be able to analyse research findings Assessment Criteria 4.1.  Use data analysis methods to analyse the data 4.2.  Draw conclusions from findings 4.3.  Reflect how own research findings substantiate initial literature review 4.4.  Make recommendations related to area of research 4.5.  Identify potential uses for the research findings within practice A graph will be needed to be drawn