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Essential Statistics for Public Managers and Policy Analysts / Edition 3

Essential Statistics for Public Managers and Policy Analysts / Edition 3

by Evan M. Berman


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Essential Statistics for Public Managers and Policy Analysts / Edition 3

This tightly integrated set -- textbook, workbook and CD-ROM, all blended seamlessly -- presents the basic analytics tools utilized by today's public managers and policy analysts. Tailored specifically to the needs of students in public administration and public policy programs, Essential Statistics introduces and reinforces important statistical skills that will be immediately relevant to them.

Essential Statistics includes:

  • clear and concise discussions of statistical concepts and applications, from basic descriptive techniques to more advanced analytical tools.
  • learning objectives and key term lists that frame each chapter for quick and easy reference.
  • multiple tables, figures, and boxes to reinforce important concepts and enhance skill acquisition.

Exercising Essential Statistics includes:

  • critical thinking questions, data-based and research in practice exercises, helpful tips on data presentation, and suggested reading lists that correspond with coverage of each textbook chapter.
  • two software guides -- "How to Use SPSS" and "Guide to Using Spreadsheets" -- that capitalize on the increased value of computers in methods courses. Freeing students from time-consuming calculations, these real-world applications allow for quick results interpretation and data validation.
  • perforated and spiral-bound pages for maximum flexibility.

CD-ROM includes:

  • six SPSS data sets that cover a range of measures and applications from citizen and employee survey data, to time series data of juvenile crimes, to an assessment of watersheds developed by the EPA, to regression analysis of pollution, productivity improvement, and crime.
  • Eleven spreadsheets that highlight practical ways to conduct data analysis with Excel.
  • Data sets in alternate formats -- SAS, SYSTAT, and STATA -- to help expose your students to a range of statistical software packages.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2901608716776
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 11/22/2011
Edition description: Third Edition
Pages: 392
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Evan M. Berman is Professor of Public Management and Director of Internationalization at Victoria University of Wellington, School of Government. Prior, he was the Huey Mc Elveen Distinguished Professor at Louisiana State University. His areas of expertise are human resource management, public performance, local government, and public governance in Asia. He is past Chair of the American Society for Public Administration’s Section of Personnel and Labor Relations. He has over 125 publications and 12 books, including People Skills At Work (CRC Press, 2011), Essential Statistics for Public Managers and Policy Analysts, Third Edition (CQ Press, 2012), and a trilogy of books on Public Administration in Asia (2010, 2011, 2013, CRC Press). He has published in all major journals of the discipline, is Senior Editor of Public Performance & Management Review, a Distinguished Fulbright Scholar, past University Chair Professor at National Chengchi University (Taipei, Taiwan), and a former policy analyst with the National Science Foundation.

Table of Contents

Statistics Roadmapxx
Chapter 1Why Research? An Introduction1
Chapter Objectives1
Research Design3
Six Steps3
Rival Hypotheses and Limitations of Experimental Study Designs8
Measurement and Sampling11
Measuring Concepts11
Measuring Variables: Levels and Scales12
Measuring Variables: Sampling16
Data Collection18
Administrative Data18
Other Data Sources20
Putting It Together21
Key Terms24
Chapter 2Univariate Analysis: Description27
Chapter Objectives27
Measures of Central Tendency29
The Mean29
The Median30
The Mode32
Using Grouped Data33
Measures of Dispersion35
Frequency Distributions38
Standard Deviation40
Key Terms45
Chapter 3Hypothesis Testing With Chi-Square49
Chapter Objectives49
Contingency Tables50
Hypothesis Testing53
The Null Hypothesis55
Statistical Significance56
The Five Steps of Hypothesis Testing57
Chi-Square Test Assumptions59
Statistical Significance and Sample Size60
A Useful Digression: The Goodness-of-Fit Test62
The Practical Significance of Relationships64
Rival Hypotheses: Adding a Control Variable66
Key Terms69
Chapter 4Measures of Association71
Chapter Objectives71
Proportional Reduction in Error72
Calculating PRE72
Paired Cases73
Statistics for Two Nominal Variables74
Two Nominal Variables75
The Problem of Dependent Samples77
Small Sample Tests for Two-By-Two Tables78
Statistics for Mixed Ordinal-Nominal Data80
Evaluating Rankings80
Equivalency of Two Samples83
Statistics for Two Ordinal Variables84
Key Terms88
Chapter 5T-Tests and Anova93
Chapter Objectives93
Creating Index Variables94
T-Test Assumptions98
A Working Example101
Analysis of Variance104
ANOVA Assumptions108
A Working Example108
Key Terms112
Chapter 6Regression I: Estimation117
Chapter Objectives117
Simple Regression118
Test of Significance119
Goodness of Fit121
Assumptions and Notation123
Multiple Regression124
Model Specification124
A Working Example126
Goodness of Fit for Multiple Regression128
Standardized Coefficients128
Use of Nominal Variables129
Key Terms132
Chapter 7Regression II: Assumptions, Time Series135
Chapter Objectives135
Testing Assumptions136
Measurement and Specification142
Time Series Analysis145
Detecting Autocorrelation145
Correcting Autocorrelation146
Policy Evaluation148
Lagged Variables150
Forecasting with Few Observations152
Forecasting with Periodic Effects155
Key Terms157
Chapter 8Advanced Statistics159
Chapter Objectives159
Logistic Regression160
Path Analysis163
Survival Analysis166
Regression-Based Forecasting167
Forecasting with Leading Indicators168
Curve Estimation168
Exponential Smoothing169
Precis of Other Techniques171
Beyond Logistic Regression172
Exploratory Analysis172
Beyond Life Tables173
Beyond One-Way ANOVA173
Beyond Path Analysis174
Key Terms175
AppendixStatistical Tables177
Normal Distribution178
Chi-square Distribution179
T-test Distribution180
F-test Distribution181
Durbin-Watson Distribution185

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NickyU More than 1 year ago
Puts a lot of the topics into language that is understandable.