PADM/HADM 503: Research Methods

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Course Description

Consuming and producing research is an important component of professional work in public administration and policy. The main focus of this course is providing future administrators with a practical understanding of research design and statistical analysis. The course will emphasize the importance of quality research design and making methodological choices. Students will be introduced to both qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis. They will also learn how to evaluate and critique the research designs of others.

Course Schedule

Week 1: Introductions (8/24) (Slides)

  • Introduction to the class and each other

Week 2: Getting Started with Research (8/31) (Slides)

  • Chapter 1 – Beginning a Research Project
    • Homework Problems: 1 (no one page write-up), 2, 8a, 8b
  • Chapter 8 – Protection of Human Research Subjects
    • Homework Problems: 2, 3, 4, 11

Week 3: Secondary Data (9/7) (Slides)

  • Chapter 9 – Finding and Analyzing Existing Data
    • Homework Problems: 4, WWD 1
  • Research Question Due

Week 4: Primary Data (9/14) (Slides)

  • Chapter 2 – Designs for Description
    • Homework Problems: 2 (Use Excel), 3 (Use Excel), 4a, 4b, 4c
  • Chapter 3 – Designs for Explanation
    • Homework Problems: 1, 3

Week 5: Measurement (9/21) (Slides)

  • Chapter 4 – Measuring Variables
    • Homework Problems: 1, 3, 8
  • Chapter 10 – Combining Indicators
    • Homework Problems: 2, 3
  • Annotated Bibliography Due

Week 6: Interviewing (9/28) (Slides)

  • Chapter 6 – Contacting and Talking to Subjects
    • Homework Problems: 1, 3, 4a, 5

Week 7: Surveys (10/5) (Slides)

  • Chapter 7 – Collecting Data with Questions and Questionnaires
    • Homework Problems: 1, 5, 7
  • Theory and Hypotheses Due

Week 8: Sampling (10/12) (Slides)

  • Chapter 5: Sampling
    • Homework Problems: 1, 5, 7, 10

Week 9: Data Analysis (10/19) (Slides)

  • Chapter 11 – Univariate Analysis
    • Homework Problems: 3, 6, 7
  • First Article Review Due

Week 10: Data Analysis (10/26)

  • Chapter 12 – Examining Relationships among Variables: Tests of Statistical Significance
    • Homework Problems: 1, 4, 5
    • CITI Training Completion Certificate Due

Week 11: Data Analysis (11/2)

  • Chapter 13 – Examining Relationships among Variables: Contingency Tables with Measures of Association, ANOVA
    • Homework Problems: 1
  • Sampling and Measures Due

Week 12: Regression (11/9)

  • Chapter 14 – Regression Analysis and Correlation
    • Homework Problems: 1, 4, 5

Week 13: Reporting Results (11/16)

  • Chapter 15 – Completing the Project and Communicating Findings
    • Homework Problems: 3
  • Second Article Review Due

Week 14: Thanksgiving Break (11/23)

  • No Class

Week 15: Maximum Likelihood Estimation (11/30)

  • S. Purcell. “Introduction.” Maximum Likelihood Estimation (MLE).
  • S. Purcell. “Model-fitting.” Maximum Likelihood Estimation (MLE). 

Week 16: Case Studies and Multi-Method Research (12/7)

Week 17: Finals Week

  • Poster Presentations
  • Final Research Proposal Due Thursday December 14 by 5pm
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