uantitative and qualitative methods are essential for effective policymaking. In addition to helping us identify social problems, we can use research to help determine causes of these problems, suggest potential solutions and evaluate effectiveness of existing programs. Most policy-relevant research questions can be addressed in many different ways, each with its own strengths and weaknesses. In this course, students will learn the formal principles of research design as they apply to both qualitative and quantitative methods. Students will also learn about the comparative advantages and disadvantages of different data collection methods. The primary goal of this course is to learn how to identify and evaluate alternative research designs and data collection strategies. These conceptual tools will help students become more sophisticated consumers and producers of research. A secondary goal is to provide a hands-on introduction to observing phenomena, conducting interviews, running focus groups and writing effective surveys.
|Spring 2013||Judy C. Polyne||Evaluation|