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Research Methods and Statistics for Public and Nonprofit Administrators

Research Methods and Statistics for Public and Nonprofit Administrators
A Practical Guide

November 2013 | 392 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

"The approach is well executed. The problems encountered by [the characters] represent real-life issues than administrators are faced with and the applications needed to address them."

—Lee W. Payne, Stephen F. Austin State University

Research Methods and Statistics for Public and Nonprofit Administrators: A Practical Guide is a comprehensive, easy-to-read, core text that thoroughly prepares readers to apply research methods and data analysis to the professional environments of public and non-profit administration. The authors expertly incorporate original case examples to demonstrate concepts using “real actors,” facing specific scenarios, in which research methods must be applied. This unique approach—presented in language accessible to both students new to research as well as current practitioners—guides the reader in fully understanding the research options detailed throughout the text.

1. When a Practitioner Becomes a Researcher
2. Research Alignment
3. Identifying the Focus of the Research: Research Objective and Research Question
4. Research Design
5. Sample Selection
6. Data Collection
7. Quantitative Data Preparation and Descriptive Statistics
8. Hypothesis Testing and Statistical Significance: Logic of Inferential Statistics
9. Comparing Means Between Two Groups
10. Comparing Means of More Than Two Groups: Analysis of Variance (ANOVA)
11. Bivariate Correlation
12. Chi-Square Analysis
13. Regression Analysis
14. Qualitative Data Analysis
15. Writing Reports
16. Using Research Methods for Continuous Improvement: Program Evaluation and Performance Measurement
Appendix A: Additional SPSS and Excel Instructions
Appendix B: Emily’s Survey Form


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  • A Microsoft® Word® test bank, is available containing multiple choice, true/false, and essay questions for each chapter. The test bank provides you with a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity for editing any question and/or inserting your own personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding.
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  • Sample result write-ups are provided for several chapters in order to give student's valuable examples of how to write your research findings.

"The case approach used in the text presents a very exciting way for students to apply research methods/statistics to cases, rather than applying it to short problems at the end of most textbooks."

James S. Guseh
North Carolina Central University

An excellent combination of real life issues to conceptualise the theoretical perspectives of research in the not for profit sector.
Thank you

Mr Michael Hall
Management , City College Norwich
July 16, 2014

This book has very clear examples about correctly using some of the most common statistical tools. It is an interesting manual that will be very useful for a large range of graduation and post-graduation courses, in the field of Social Sciences.

Dr Paulo Mourao
School of Economics & Management, Minho University
February 25, 2014

The applied context of the book makes it an interesting support for students who are undertaking research methods in programs which are practice-oriented. I particularly the case made for research skills as leadership skills, in the first chapter.

Dr Amélie Gourdon
Kingston Business School, Kingston University
December 20, 2013

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