Analytical Techniques for Public Service I and II Tacoma

Fall 2022
Winter 2023
Tacoma
Evening and Weekend
Graduate Only
Class Size: 30
6 Credits per quarter
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Analytical Techniques for Public Service is a two quarter core program for second year MPA students. Each quarter focuses on specific approaches and components for applied research in public administration, public policy, non-profits, and communities. Via praxis (combination of theory and applied practice), our goal is to practice research design and analysis by gaining a better understanding of how to approach, critique, use, analyze, and communicate research in public service.
 
Learning objectives include:
  • 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.
Fall Quarter:
 
In the fall quarter, we will respond to the following questions:
  1. What are the paradigms of social science? How are paradigms used in PA?
  2. What is involved in producing data vs. information?
  3. How is research produced and consumed in everyday public service?
  4. What are valid and reliable data? What are causal and correlated data?
  5. What drives research design? What are the consequences of design choices?

 

Winter Quarter:


In the winter quarter, we will respond to the following questions:

  1. How do we analyze and interpret quantitative and qualitative data?
  2. How do we turn data into information for decisions?
  3. 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.

Registration

Fall 2022 Registration

Course Reference Numbers

GR (6): 10181
Winter 2023 Registration

Course Reference Numbers

GR (6): 20264

Academic details

Credits
6
Maximum Enrollment
30
Class Standing
Graduate

Schedule

In Person or Remote
In Person (F)
In Person (W)
Time Offered
Evening and Weekend
Advertised Schedule

Wednesdays 6 pm - 9 pm

Saturday, December 10 9 am - 5 pm

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First Meeting

TAC 104
Location
Tacoma

Revisions

Date Revision
2022-04-08 Moved to Published Status per Dean's Area Request