Handbook of Research Methods in Public Administration / Edition 2

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Overview

Describing new techniques and novel applications, Handbook of Research Methods in Public Administration, Second Edition demonstrates the use of tools designed to meet the increased complexity of problems in government and non-profit organizations with ever-more rigorous and systematic research. It presents detailed information on conceptualizing, planning, and implementing research projects involving a wide variety of available methodologies. Providing a reference of systematic research methods, this second edition explains how these techniques aid in understanding traditional issues, and reveals how they might be applied to answer emerging theoretical and practical questions.

Following a linear, logical organization, this handbook meets systematic goals and objectives through eight groups of chapters. The first group explains the logic of inquiry and the practical problems of locating existing research. The second group deals with research design and the third examines pitfalls in measurement and data collection. The authors give practical, considered advice in the fourth section to anticipate and solve data management problems. They include numerous illustrations to supplement two separate sections devoted to basic and advanced quantitative analysis. The seventh section covers unique analytical techniques used to gain insight specific to the non-market sector’s knotty problems. The final section addresses the impact of research and describes how to overcome illusive, tricky, and sizeable barriers to influence other researchers, decision makers, foundations, and grant making institutions.

With a comprehensive survey of research methods and an examination of their practical and theoretical application in the past, present, and future, Handbook of Research Methods in Public Administration, Second Edition gives you the tools to make informed decisions.

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Written primarily for graduate students, this handbook illustrates the use of various quantitative methods and provides detailed information on conceptualizing, planning, and implementing research projects of many different types. Topics include ethics; the problems researchers face; measurement techniques; data collection and manipulation; threats to validity of research designs; alternatives to quantitative research; association and testing hypotheses; data sets collected from multiple points, including their uses and misuses; demographic techniques for cohort analysis and population trends; the manipulation and interpretation of situations involving multiple independent variables; modeling; and data clustering techniques. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780849353840
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/21/2007
  • Series: Public Administration and Public Policy Series , #134
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 992
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Theory-based Public administration inquiry
The Logic of Inquiry in the Field of Public Administration, N.M. Riccucci
Theory, H.T. Miller
Dealing with Multiple Paradigms in Public Administration Research, K. Yang, Y. Zhang, and M. Holzer
Where Do Research Questions Come From And How Are They Developed? S.J. Yeager
Writing a Literature Review: The Art of Scientific Literature, D.A. Bearfield and W.S. Eller
Research design
Purpose and Significance of Research Design, J.B. Justice
The Research Problem, Method, and Serendipity: One Investigator's Journey, J.S. Bowman
Threats to Validity in Research Designs, N.A. Giannatasio
The Responsible Conduct of Social Research, P. Coontz
Qualitative Research Methods, V. Gabrielian, K. Yang, and S. Spice
Comparative Research in Public Administration: A Historical-Institutionalist Perspective, R.S. Kravchuk
Legal Research Methods, J. Beckett
Measurement and data collection
Describing and Measuring Phenomena in Public Administration, L.T. Hu & D. Olshfski
Sampling and Data Collection, A. Northrop and S. Arsneault
Using the Survey as an Instrument of Inquiry in Research, S.R. Majumdar
Questionnaire Construction, D. Robbins
Collecting Survey Data via Telephone: A Primer, R.W. Schwester
Obtaining Archival and Other Existing Records, S.J. Piotrowski
Data management
General Issues in Data Management, R.K. Chavda
Constructing Data Sets and Manipulating Data, C. Scavo
Managing Large-Scale Electronic Data for Public Administration Research: An Information System Approach, Y.C. Chen
Basic quantitative analysis
Introduction to Data Analysis, K.Chavda
Applying Matrix Algebra in Statistical Analysis, S.R. Majumdar
Univariate Analysis, C. Mo
Statistics for Nominal and Ordinal Data, M. Margolis
Analysis of Variance, C. Cirincione
Linear Correlation and Regression, L.R. Alm and S.G. Mason
Advanced quantitative analysis
Multivariate Regression Analysis, E.A. Graddy and L. Wang
Multivariate Techniques for Dichotomous Dependent Variables: An Application to Public Policy, M.C. Shelley
Identifying Dimensions and Types in Public Administration Research: Introduction to Principal Component Analysis, Factor Analysis and Other Clustering Techniques, G. Julnes
Confirmatory Factor Analysis: A Practical Introduction, D.H. Coursey
Introduction to Panel Data Analysis: Concepts and Practices, T.H. Eom, S.H. Lee, and H. Xu
Forecasting Methods for Serial Data, D. Williams
Other techniques
Data Envelopment Analysis for Performance Assessment and Decision-Making: An Introduction, P. De Lancer Julnes
Content Analysis, C.C. Bowen and W.M. Bowen
Meta-Analysis, C.C. Bowen
Q Methodology, S.R. Brown, D.W. Durning, and S.Selden
Methods of Network Analysis, S.A. Andrew and R.C. Feiock
Economic Modeling, R.J. Hy and J.R. Wollscheid
Grounded Analysis: Going Beyond Description to Derive Theory from Qualitative Data, R. Brower and H.S. Jeong
Research Methods Using Geographic Information Systems, A. Haque
Reporting, presentation, and teaching
Presenting Quantitative Research Results, J.E. Miller
Styles of Scholarship in Public Administration, K. Farmbry and L. Bennett
Making the Translation: Strategies for Effective Data Presentation, M. Holzer, K. Kloby, and A. Manoharan
Influencing the Policy Process and Making Reports Usable to Citizens, K. Callahan
Applying for Research Grants, N. De Haan

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