Research Methods for Evidence-Based Public Management

ISBN-10: 0415895308

ISBN-13: 9780415895309

Edition: 2013

Authors: Warren Eller, Brian J. Gerber, Scott E. Robinson

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Students intending to manage public organizations – ranging from local city offices to nonprofit organizations to many other types of organizations – have a specific set of needs from a methods course. These individuals will need exposure to a wide range of research tools and sufficient comprehension of these tools to read the results of research critically. Increasingly, managers are also finding it necessary to conduct their own research to address their organization’s needs – that is, practicing evidence-based management. Research Methods for Evidence-Based Public Management address the needs of these practice-oriented students for a toolbox of public management research. Eller, Gerber, and Robinson guide the reader through critical issues such as the research process itself, by presenting intuitive explanations of difficult concepts, and by explaining not only techniques of qualitative research, but how qualitative data can be analyzed properly and how those data relate to quantitative data gathering and analytic techniques. Students can expect to come away from reading this text with a clear understanding of how qualitative and quantitative analysis can be explicitly tied to evidence-based public management decision-making. The text will develop a small number of detailed, reoccurring cases across chapters to provide students with a continuing stream of familiar examples to illustrate the practical enactment of the skills developed within the textbook.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 11/30/2012
Binding: Mixed Media
Pages: 480
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.826
Language: English

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Introduction: What Is Research?
Evidence-Based Argumentation
Foundations of Research
Purposes of Research
Argumentation in Public Management
Approach of the Textbook
Conclusion
Evidence-Based Practice for Public Affairs
The Origins of Evidence-Based Practice
Evidence-Based Public Management
Cases in Evidence-Based Public Management
Tools for Evidence-Based Research and Evaluation: An Outline for Your Textbook
Conclusion
The Research Process: An Introduction to Key Concepts
Research and Evaluation Processes and Strategies
Basic Elements and Concepts of the Research Process
Understanding What to Study and What to Measure
Research Questions and Hypotheses
Approaches or Strategies
Ethics and the Research Process
Conclusion: How the Research Process Relates to Evidence-Based Public Management Practices
Suggested Readings
Conducting Preliminary Research
Starting Points in a Research Project
Getting Started with a Literature Review
Gathering Background Information
Data Gathering-Preview
Ethical Considerations
Conclusion: How Conducting Preliminary Research Tasks Relates to Evidence-Based Public Management Practices
Research Design
Research Design
Basic Concepts for Research Design
Issues of Validity and Inference
Research Design Types
Ethics and Research Design
Conclusion: How Research Design Decisions Relate to Evidence-Based Management Practices
Suggested Readings
Measurement
Measurement in Research
Understanding the Basics of Measurement
Levels of Measurement
Determining the Level of Measurement
Issues of Measurement Error
Assessing Measurement Reliability and Validity
Conclusion: How Measurement Issues Relate to Evidence-Based Management Practices
Population Sampling
Sampling from a Population
Some Basic Concepts Associated with Sampling
Types of Sampling Designs
Ethical Considerations in Sampling
Conclusion: The Relationship of Sampling to Evidence-Based Public Management Practices
Case Studies
Case Studies in Research and Evaluation
Basic Concepts Associated with Case Studies
Case Study Design Strategy
Collecting Data and Case Study Analytic Methods
Reporting Results
Logic Models and Case Studies
Conclusion: How Case Studies Relate to Evidence-Based Management Practices
Suggested Readings
Interviews
The Fundamentals of Interviews
Types of Interviews
Developing Interview Questions
Implementing Interviews
Ethics and Interviews
Conclusion
Suggested Reading
Field Research
The Logic of Field Research
Gaining Access to Research Sites
Conducting Site-Based Research
Post-Visit Documentation
Ethics and Field Research
Conclusion: Field Research in Evidence-Based Public Management
Suggested Readings
Survey Data
Survey Data
Why to Survey
General Survey Rules
Types of Survey Data
Survey Techniques
Incentives
Strengths of Survey Data
Weaknesses of Survey Data Collection
Ethical Considerations in Survey Research
Coding and Data Display
Coding Texts
Coding Strategies
Data Display Strategies
Software for Coding and Data Display
Conclusion
Suggested Readings
Descriptive Statistics
Descriptive Statistics
Percentages and Proportions
Measures of Dispersion
Ethics and Descriptive Statistics
Introduction to Probability and Distributions
Probability
General Rules of Probability
Distributions
Hypothesis Testing
The Concept of Hypothesis Testing
Hypothesis Testing with Nominal and Ordinal Data
Hypothesis Testing in Continuous Data
Errors, Power, and Significance
Measures of Association
Measures of Association
Measures of Association in Nominal Data
Measures of Association in Ordinal Data
Measures of Association in Continuous Data
Simple Linear Regression
The Concept of Least Squares
The Method of Least Squares
Using Least Squares Techniques
Using OLS to Compare Means (ANOVA)
Model Fit
Simple Linear Regression
Interpreting Models and Coefficients
General Considerations for the Application of Least Squares
Multiple Least Squares Regression Analysis
The Foundations of Multiple Least Squares
Assumptions of the Multiple Least Squares Model
Performing a Multiple Regression
Discreet Variables in Multiple Regression
Interpreting a Multiple Regression
Conclusion
Mixing Research Methods
The Logic of Mixing Research Methods
Designing Mixed Methods Research
Analysis of Data in Mixed Methods Research
Conclusion: How Mixed Methods Research Affects Evidence-Based Public Management
Suggested Readings
Managing Research and Evaluation Projects
Managing a Research or Evaluation Project
Basic Principles of Project Management
Award Administration
Working with Clients
Ethical Considerations in Conducting and Completing a Project
Conclusion: How Project Management Relates to Evidence-Based Management Practices
Suggested Readings
Presenting Research
The Fundamentals of Presentation
The Audiences of Public Affairs Research
Written Presentations for Public Affairs Research
Slide Presentations for Public Affairs Research
Conclusion: Final Reminders on Reporting
Suggested Readings
Bringing It All Together
Introduction
National Helping Hands
Dewey Independent School District
Graver's Corner Department of Transportation
Amity Department of Homeland Security
Springfield Housing Department
Conclusion: How the Case Illustrations Relate to Evidence-Based Management Practices
Index
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