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This accessible text offers an abundance of engaging examples and provides step-by-step instructions to illustrate common research methods and techniques, providing students and future administrators with a sound foundation in model building, research design, measurement, and sampling. The book's statistical section focuses on correct use and interpretation of commonly used statistics, including linear regression. The book's overall aim is to develop effective, efficient research skills among future public administrators so that they will be better policy makers. It accomplishes this not only by providing a solid foundation in technique, but also by developing an awareness of the ethical issues associated with conducting research and reporting findings.
Table of Contents
Beginning a Research Project: The Preliminary Steps
Designs for Description
Designs for Explanation
Contacting and Talking to Subjects
Data Collection: Questions and Questionnaires
Protection of Human Research Subjects and Other Ethical Issues
Secondary Data Analysis: Finding and Analyzing Existing Data
Combining Indicators: Index Construction
Examining Relationships among Variables: Tests of Statistical Significance
Examining Relationships among Variables: Contingency Tables with Measures of Association, Analysis of Variance
Regression Analysis and Correlation
Communicating Findings and Completing the Project
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