Public Administration Research Methods

Tools for Evaluation and Evidence-Based Practice

Author: Warren S. Eller,Brian J. Gerber,Scott E. Robinson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351672010

Category: Political Science

Page: 534

View: 1942

The best decisions made by public managers are based not on instinct, but on an informed understanding of what’s happening on the ground. Policy may be directed by ideology, but it must also be founded on reality. The challenge of making the right decisions as a public manager is often, therefore, based on the need for rigorous, actionable research. Now in a thoughtfully revised second edition, this textbook shows students of Public Administration exactly how to use both qualitative and quantitative research techniques to give them the best chance to make the right decisions. Uniquely, Eller, Gerber, and Robinson present research methodologies through a series of real-life case studies, with each chapter exploring situations where a public manager can use research to answer specific questions, demonstrating how that research can inform future policy. Taking readers through the key concepts, from research design and sampling to interviews, survey data, and more statistical-based approaches, this new edition provides a complete guide to using research in the public and voluntary sectors. New to this edition: To better orient the student, the second edition is thematically arranged. Five sections, each with a short essay, provide not only previews of the content of each section, but more importantly guide the reader through how the concepts and techniques covered relate to real-world use and application. A new chapter on applied quantitative analyses has been added to offer coverage of several commonly-used and valuable analytic techniques for decision making for policy and management: benefit-cost analysis, risk assessment, and forecasting. The second edition is accompanied by online materials containing suggested course plans and sample syllabi, PowerPoint lecture slides, and student support materials to illustrate the application of key concepts and analytic techniques. Each chapter also includes discussion questions, class exercises, end of chapter review questions, and key vocabulary to provide students with a range of further tools to apply research principles to practical situations.

Handbook of Research Methods in Public Administration, Second Edition

Author: Gerald J. Miller,Kaifeng Yang

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 9781420013276

Category: Political Science

Page: 992

View: 3163

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.

Handbook of Research Methods in Public Administration, Second Edition

Author: Gerald J. Miller

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 9780824702137

Category: Political Science

Page: 672

View: 7581

This comprehensive handbook covers a wide variety of quantitative methods used for research in public administration, public policy, and nonprofit management, including theory-building and testing, increasing the readers awareness and command of analytical tools critical to the resolution of complex problems. Providing bibliographic citations and over 370 tables, equations, and drawings, the book compares the function of quantitative techniques in past and present public administration literature and practices, furnishes information for visualizing, planning, and implementing research projects, and explores potential applications of quantitative public administration.

Teaching Research Methods in Public Administration

Author: Schwester, Richard W.

Publisher: IGI Global

ISBN: 1466681179

Category: Political Science

Page: 313

View: 8608

While there are many ways to collect information, many students have trouble understanding how to employ various research methods effectively. Since everyone learns and processes information differently, instructing students on successfully using these methods continues to be a challenge. Teaching Research Methods in Public Administration combines empirical research and best practices on various research methods being employed by administrators. Emphasizing theoretical concepts, this publication is an essential reference source for academics, public administration practitioners, and students interested in how information is gathered, processed, and utilized.

Research Methods in Public Administration and Public Management

An Introduction

Author: Sandra van Thiel

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136155341

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 208

View: 8548

Research in public administration and public management has distinctive features that influence the choices and application of research methods. Periods of change and upheaval in the public sector provide ample opportunities and cases for research, but the standard methodologies for researching in the social sciences can be difficult to follow in the complex world of the public sector. In a dynamic political environment, the focus lies on solving social problems whilst also using methodological principles needed for doing scientifically sound research. Research Methods in Public Administration and Public Management represents a comprehensive guide to doing and using research in public management and administration. It is impressively succinct but covering a wide variety of research strategies including among others: action research, hypotheses, sampling, case selection, questionnaires, interviewing, desk research, prescription and research ethics. This textbook does not bog the nascent researcher down in the theory but does provide numerous international examples and practical exercises to illuminate the research journey. Sandra Van Thiel guides us through the theory, operationalization and research design process before explaining the tools required to carry-out impactful research. This concise textbook will be core reading for those studying research methods and/or carrying out research on public management and administration.

Research Methods in Public Administration and Nonprofit Management

Author: David E. McNabb

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 135172147X

Category: Political Science

Page: 552

View: 2686

Now in a thoroughly revised and refreshed fourth edition, Research Methods in Public Administration and Nonprofit Management is beloved by students and professors alike for its exceptional clarity and accessibility and plentiful illustrations. This new edition integrates quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods approaches, as well as specific up-to-date instruction in the use of statistical software programs such as Excel and SPSS. Changes to this edition include: A new section, featuring two new chapters, to explore mixed-methods approaches to research, including fundamentals, research design, data collection, and analyzing and interpreting findings A new, dedicated chapter on Big Data research Updated exhibits and examples throughout the book A new companion website to accompany the book containing PowerPoint slides for each chapter New exhibits, tables, figures, and exercises, as well as key terms and discussion questions at the end of each chapter Research Methods in Public Administration and Nonprofit Management, 4e is an ideal textbook for use in all research methods courses in undergraduate and graduate public administration, public affairs, and nonprofit management courses.

Research Methods for Public Administration

Author: CTI Reviews

Publisher: Cram101 Textbook Reviews

ISBN: 1467286435

Category: Education

Page: 44

View: 3115

Facts101 is your complete guide to Research Methods for Public Administration. In this book, you will learn topics such as as those in your book plus much more. With key features such as key terms, people and places, Facts101 gives you all the information you need to prepare for your next exam. Our practice tests are specific to the textbook and we have designed tools to make the most of your limited study time.

Research Methods for Public Administrators

Author: Gail Johnson

Publisher: M.E. Sharpe

ISBN: 0765628716

Category: Political Science

Page: 275

View: 7701

Designed for beginning MPA students and practitioners, this highly practical text focuses on the interpretation and use of research findings, not just number-crunching. It covers the entire research process, from initial questions to final report, in clear, jargon-free language, and includes numerous examples and exercises that provide opportunities for concrete applications of the concepts.

Understanding Research Methods

A Guide for the Public and Nonprofit Manager

Author: Donijo Robbins

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 9781420017120

Category: Political Science

Page: 298

View: 5404

Managers and administrators in the public-policy and nonprofit sectors rely heavily on analytical skills to quickly pore through a massive amount of research. They dissect it and apply specific, useful data that can inform critical policy changes and help them improve their organization’s overall performance and financial position. To master this vital role, it is imperative that they and their staff learn to be more efficient at collecting, analyzing and evaluating research material, by discovering how to ask the right questions and quickly discern valuable information from useless data. A Blueprint to Streamline Every Aspect of the Research Process Focusing on the entire research process from start to finish, the compact but comprehensive Understanding Research Methods: A Guide for the Public and Nonprofit Manager explores the research designs and analytical tools that are the foundation for decision-making. Relying more on concepts and analysis than on mathematics, this text provides insight into the definition, process, importance, and capabilities of research – addressing the topic from the perspectives of both the producer of data and the consumer who evaluates its usefulness. Broken down into three sections, the book: Gives an overview of the research process, the construction of measures, and research ethics Elaborates on planning a research method, presenting common research designs used by practitioners and the most useful, popular ways to collect data Focuses on tools available to analyze and then communicate data – specifically univariate and bivariate analyses This versatile text is intended for dual uses – as a textbook for graduate and undergraduate students in public and nonprofit administration and public policy, and as a practical guide for the average administrator. Both groups will learn how to develop proper research questions, define specific research purposes, and form hypotheses that avoid confusion in measurement and analysis. Imparting basic practical knowledge, it outlines effective approaches to gather accurate, relevant information and then effectively interpret and communicate it.

Public Administration

Research Strategies, Concepts, and Methods

Author: B Guy Peters,Tero Erkkilä,Patrick von Maravić

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317369580

Category: Political Science

Page: 204

View: 7062

Public Administration: Research Strategies, Concepts, and Methods explores how scholars of public administration and institutional politics can improve their analysis by focusing on the contextual particularities of their research problems and considering the use of multiple theories and methods. The book functions as an introduction to central themes of public administration and related traditions of research, but also proposes a new pluralist approach for studying public institutions.

Research Methods and Statistics for Public and Nonprofit Administrators

A Practical Guide

Author: Masami Nishishiba,Matthew Jones,Mariah Kraner

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 1483321460

Category: Political Science

Page: 392

View: 5918

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.

Studyguide for Research Methods in Public Administration and Public Management

An Introduction by Thiel, Sandra Van, ISBN 9780415655828

Author: Cram101 Textbook Reviews

Publisher: Cram101

ISBN: 9781497008458


Page: 96

View: 9968

Never HIGHLIGHT a Book Again! Includes all testable terms, concepts, persons, places, and events. Cram101 Just the FACTS101 studyguides gives all of the outlines, highlights, and quizzes for your textbook with optional online comprehensive practice tests. Only Cram101 is Textbook Specific. Accompanies: 9780415655828. This item is printed on demand.

Quantitative Methods for Public Administration

Techniques and Applications

Author: Susan Welch,John C. Comer

Publisher: South-Western Pub

ISBN: 9780155078635

Category: Political Science

Page: 362

View: 6027

Designed for research methods in public administration or public policy courses, QUANTITATIVE METHODS introduces students to research design, data collection, and beginning social science statistics. Using real world examples and down-to-earth explanations, the text thoroughly and accurately covers topics that most instructors want to cover.

Research Methods for Public Administrators

Author: Elizabethann O'Sullivan,Gary Rassel,Maureen Berner,Jocelyn DeVance Taliaferro

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317191757

Category: Social Science

Page: 530

View: 3231

Research Methods for Public Administrators introduces students to the methodological tools public administrators and policy analysts use to conduct research in the twenty-first century. Full of engaging examples and step-by-step instructions to illustrate common research methods and techniques, this book provides future administrators with an unshakeable foundation in model building, research design, and statistical applications. New to the Sixth Edition: Sections addressing recent developments in research methods, such as Big Data and Exploratory Data Analysis Expanded coverage of digital media, including internet surveys and survey data collection by tablet computers Greater focus on qualitative research methods and their strengths and weaknesses relative to quantitative methods Updated study items, knowledge questions, homework exercises, and problem assignments for each chapter

Qualitative Research Approaches for Public Administration

Author: Adila Kokab

Publisher: Society Publishing

ISBN: 9781773610740


Page: 239

View: 1736

This book highlights the various approaches, tools and techniques that are used in a qualitative way in order to support the work of public administrators. The book is divided into ten chapters which are thematically arranged in order to encapsulate the principal aspects of this type of research paradigm. This book is meant to support those who take an interest in research for purposes of supporting the work of government and non-governmental agencies. It is also relevant to public administrators in as far as it gives them an insight into how and why the data which they use in their work is collected. The book highlights methodological challenges and opportunities that might be of interest to a researcher. It then raises heuristic dimensions by challenging the notion that qualitative research is inherently inferior to quantitative research. The first chapter introduces the reader to the tenets of a qualitative research exercise as well as its relevance to the practice and implementation of public administration. The second chapter explains the process of transitioning from quantitative to qualitative research methodologies. It specifically highlights the practical dimensions of each method and how they differ; even if they are both associated with the generation of scientific knowledge. The third chapter critically examines the applicability of the fact-value dichotomy which qualitative researchers routinely face. From the fourth chapter, we begin to examine the specific tools and techniques that are used in qualitative research for purposes of public administration. It begins with an overview of interviewing as a research tool, method and skill. The fifth chapter examines the use of narrative inquiry. In the sixth chapter, we examine ethnography and its categorizations. The seventh chapter introduces the case study as a research method. These are some of the major approaches and techniques that are used for qualitative research. They are critical for any public administrator and researcher because their proper execution will enable the researchers to come up with accurate, relevant and appropriate information. The next two chapters are concerned with the modalities of actually carrying out the qualitative research. In the eight chapter we consider how research projects are designed and executed in order to achieve maximum gain for the public administrators that eventually make us of the resultant information. The ninth chapter introduces the reader to the various types of qualitative data that can be gleaned from the research process as well as the most appropriate analytical techniques that ought to be used. The book closes with a summary of the key skills and competences that are expected for undertaking qualitative research. This is a critical point for the public administrator who is sometimes called upon to discover new information and knowledge as part of their personal and organizational development process.

Die Kunst des professionellen Schreibens

ein Leitfaden für die Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften

Author: Howard Saul Becker

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783593367101

Category: Academic writing

Page: 223

View: 4553

Handbook of Public Administration, Second Edition

Author: W. Bartley Hildreth,Gerald J. Miller,Jack Rabin

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 9780585138589

Category: Political Science

Page: 1270

View: 8475

This bestselling reference examines all major areas in public administration from the enlightening perspectives of history and the five "great" concepts or theories framing each topic, including public budgeting, financial management, decision making, public law and regulation, and political economy. The American Reference Books Annual calls this ". . .stimulating and thought-provoking....thorough and inclusive....a valuable contribution.," and Canadian Public Administration said it is " extremely useful reference tool... the writing and analysis and the scope of the coverage make the volume a good investment for both government and university libraries."

Teaching public administration and public policy

Author: Stuart S. Nagel

Publisher: Nova Science Pub Inc

ISBN: 9781560727385

Category: Political Science

Page: 175

View: 675

This book is divided into three parts on what to teach, how to teach, and new teaching technologies regarding public administration and public policy. What to teach includes the core of public administration, research methods, ethics education, professionalism, research design and portfolio development. How to teach includes the administrator as teacher, reading/writing case studies, team teaching and instructional design. New teaching technologies include distance learning, Hollywood films and the Internet. Both public administration and public policy are included. Public administration emphasizes personnel, financial and accountability administration. Public policy emphasizes economic, technology, social, political, international and legal policy.