- Understand research designs and why we do research in public service.
- Competency in quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methodologies.
- Understand how research can maintain the status quo or change our social, economic, and political decisions.
- Understand various research methods.
- Become an ethical producer and consumer of research.
- What are the paradigms of social science? How are paradigms used in PA?
- What is involved in producing data vs. information?
- How is research produced and consumed in everyday public service?
- What are valid and reliable data? What are causal and correlated data?
- What drives research design? What are the consequences of design choices?
In the winter quarter, we will respond to the following questions:
- How do we analyze and interpret quantitative and qualitative data?
- How do we turn data into information for decisions?
- How do we present audience specific useful information?
Via praxis, our goal is to practice research design and analysis. Our intent is to gain a better understanding of how to approach, critique, use, analyze, and communicate research in public service.
Learning objectives include:
- Develop knowledge, skills, and abilities as competent and critical producers/consumers of data, information, and analysis.
- Understand the practical applications of analytical techniques in public service.
- Develop the critical ability to situate social science concepts and techniques within the practice of public service.
- Develop the skill of presenting data as information for decision making.
Course Reference Numbers
Wednesdays 6 pm - 9 pm
Saturday, December 10 9 am - 5 pm
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