PADM 0650 - Research Methods for Public Administration

Credits: 3

An examination of the fundamentals of social science research methods, data collection and analysis, and basic statistical techniques relevant to public administration and program evaluation. Attention is paid to the logic of scientific inquiry, the limits of social scientific methods, methodological techniques, survey research, sampling, interview techniques, issues of reliability and validity of measurements, library research, and use of data bases. Basic quantitative methods will be covered, including: Hypothesis testing, chi-square test of independence, measures of association, the logic of statistical significance, and multivariate procedures.

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