Course Learning Objectives

  1. Identify the overall strengths and weaknesses of quantitative, qualitative, experimental, and survey research methods; and assess which research method/s, given the resource constraints, are most appropriate for answering the research question.
  2. Develop research question worthy of informing public policy, and identify the statistical tool appropriate for answering the research question. The tools learned in this class are: Tests between Means of Different Groups, Tests Between Means of Related Groups, ANOVA, Factorial ANOVA, Correlation, One- and Two- Factor Chi Square, Ordinary Least Squares Regression and Logistic Regression.
  3. Develop survey research questions that conform to conventional best practices in survey design.
  4. Critically evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of various non-probability and probability-based sampling techniques.
  5. Present quantitative data and results in text and graphic formats.
  6. Identify the policy implications of statistical test results.