Judy C. Polyné
Adjunct Professor of Public Administration

As an Adjunct Professor, Judy Polyné teaches Introduction to Statistical Methods, SPSS, and Multiple Regression and Econometrics. Additionally, Ms. Polyné has co-taught the Research Capstone and Research Tools and Methods for Public Service at Wagner. Earning her Masters degrees in Statistics and Applied Social Research from the University of Michigan, Ms. Polyné worked as a Research Scientist at the Center for Health and Public Service Research. In this capacity she served as the Project Director of the national evaluation of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Expecting Success: Excellence in Cardiac Care initiative. She has also worked as a Program Associate and Research Associate for leading not-for-profit organizations including SEEDCO and MDRC. Ms. Polyné has taught at University of Michigan and The New School.

In recent years, Ms. Polyné has been expanding her consulting business where she provides her expertise in data management and analysis, survey methodology, operations, and capacity building. She is specifically interested in the areas of Financial Education and Financial Access for low and middle-income populations.

Semester Course
Fall 2014 CORE-GP.1011.001 Statistical Methods for Public, Nonprofit, and Health Management

This course introduces students to basic statistical methods and their application to management, policy,
and financial decision-making. The course covers the essential elements of descriptive statistics,
univariate and bivariate statistical inference, and introduces multivariate analysis. In addition to
covering statistical theory the course emphasizes applied statistics and data analysis, using the software package, SPSS.

The course has several "audiences" and goals. For all Wagner students, the course develops basic skills
and encourages a critical approach to reviewing statistical findings and using statistical reasoning in
decision making. For those planning to continue studying statistics (often those in policy and finance
concentrations) this course additionally provides the foundation for that further work.


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Spring 2014 CORE-GP.1011.001 Statistical Methods for Public, Nonprofit, and Health Management

This course introduces students to basic statistical methods and their application to management, policy,
and financial decision-making. The course covers the essential elements of descriptive statistics,
univariate and bivariate statistical inference, and introduces multivariate analysis. In addition to
covering statistical theory the course emphasizes applied statistics and data analysis, using the software package, SPSS.

The course has several "audiences" and goals. For all Wagner students, the course develops basic skills
and encourages a critical approach to reviewing statistical findings and using statistical reasoning in
decision making. For those planning to continue studying statistics (often those in policy and finance
concentrations) this course additionally provides the foundation for that further work.


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Spring 2014 CORE-GP.1011.002 Statistical Methods for Public, Nonprofit, and Health Management

This course introduces students to basic statistical methods and their application to management, policy,
and financial decision-making. The course covers the essential elements of descriptive statistics,
univariate and bivariate statistical inference, and introduces multivariate analysis. In addition to
covering statistical theory the course emphasizes applied statistics and data analysis, using the software package, SPSS.

The course has several "audiences" and goals. For all Wagner students, the course develops basic skills
and encourages a critical approach to reviewing statistical findings and using statistical reasoning in
decision making. For those planning to continue studying statistics (often those in policy and finance
concentrations) this course additionally provides the foundation for that further work.


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Fall 2013 CORE-GP.1011.001 Statistical Methods for Public, Nonprofit, and Health Management

This course introduces students to basic statistical methods and their application to management, policy,
and financial decision-making. The course covers the essential elements of descriptive statistics,
univariate and bivariate statistical inference, and introduces multivariate analysis. In addition to
covering statistical theory the course emphasizes applied statistics and data analysis, using the software package, SPSS.

The course has several "audiences" and goals. For all Wagner students, the course develops basic skills
and encourages a critical approach to reviewing statistical findings and using statistical reasoning in
decision making. For those planning to continue studying statistics (often those in policy and finance
concentrations) this course additionally provides the foundation for that further work.


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Fall 2012 CORE-GP.1011.005 Statistical Methods for Public, Nonprofit, and Health Management

This course introduces students to basic statistical methods and their application to management, policy,
and financial decision-making. The course covers the essential elements of descriptive statistics,
univariate and bivariate statistical inference, and introduces multivariate analysis. In addition to
covering statistical theory the course emphasizes applied statistics and data analysis, using the software package, SPSS.

The course has several "audiences" and goals. For all Wagner students, the course develops basic skills
and encourages a critical approach to reviewing statistical findings and using statistical reasoning in
decision making. For those planning to continue studying statistics (often those in policy and finance
concentrations) this course additionally provides the foundation for that further work.


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Fall 2011 CORE-GP.1011.005 Statistical Methods for Public, Nonprofit, and Health Management

This course introduces students to basic statistical methods and their application to management, policy,
and financial decision-making. The course covers the essential elements of descriptive statistics,
univariate and bivariate statistical inference, and introduces multivariate analysis. In addition to
covering statistical theory the course emphasizes applied statistics and data analysis, using the software package, SPSS.

The course has several "audiences" and goals. For all Wagner students, the course develops basic skills
and encourages a critical approach to reviewing statistical findings and using statistical reasoning in
decision making. For those planning to continue studying statistics (often those in policy and finance
concentrations) this course additionally provides the foundation for that further work.


Download Syllabus
Fall 2010 CORE-GP.1011.001 Statistical Methods for Public, Nonprofit, and Health Management

This course introduces students to basic statistical methods and their application to management, policy,
and financial decision-making. The course covers the essential elements of descriptive statistics,
univariate and bivariate statistical inference, and introduces multivariate analysis. In addition to
covering statistical theory the course emphasizes applied statistics and data analysis, using the software package, SPSS.

The course has several "audiences" and goals. For all Wagner students, the course develops basic skills
and encourages a critical approach to reviewing statistical findings and using statistical reasoning in
decision making. For those planning to continue studying statistics (often those in policy and finance
concentrations) this course additionally provides the foundation for that further work.


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Fall 2009 CORE-GP.1011.002 Statistical Methods for Public, Nonprofit, and Health Management

This course introduces students to basic statistical methods and their application to management, policy,
and financial decision-making. The course covers the essential elements of descriptive statistics,
univariate and bivariate statistical inference, and introduces multivariate analysis. In addition to
covering statistical theory the course emphasizes applied statistics and data analysis, using the software package, SPSS.

The course has several "audiences" and goals. For all Wagner students, the course develops basic skills
and encourages a critical approach to reviewing statistical findings and using statistical reasoning in
decision making. For those planning to continue studying statistics (often those in policy and finance
concentrations) this course additionally provides the foundation for that further work.


Download Syllabus
Fall 2009 CORE-GP.1011.004 Statistical Methods for Public, Nonprofit, and Health Management

This course introduces students to basic statistical methods and their application to management, policy,
and financial decision-making. The course covers the essential elements of descriptive statistics,
univariate and bivariate statistical inference, and introduces multivariate analysis. In addition to
covering statistical theory the course emphasizes applied statistics and data analysis, using the software package, SPSS.

The course has several "audiences" and goals. For all Wagner students, the course develops basic skills
and encourages a critical approach to reviewing statistical findings and using statistical reasoning in
decision making. For those planning to continue studying statistics (often those in policy and finance
concentrations) this course additionally provides the foundation for that further work.


Download Syllabus
Fall 2008 CORE-GP.1011.004 Statistical Methods for Public, Nonprofit, and Health Management

This course introduces students to basic statistical methods and their application to management, policy,
and financial decision-making. The course covers the essential elements of descriptive statistics,
univariate and bivariate statistical inference, and introduces multivariate analysis. In addition to
covering statistical theory the course emphasizes applied statistics and data analysis, using the software package, SPSS.

The course has several "audiences" and goals. For all Wagner students, the course develops basic skills
and encourages a critical approach to reviewing statistical findings and using statistical reasoning in
decision making. For those planning to continue studying statistics (often those in policy and finance
concentrations) this course additionally provides the foundation for that further work.


Download Syllabus
Date Publication/Paper
2004

Brock, T., Kwakye, I., Polyné, J.C., Richburg-Hayes, L., Seith, D., Stepick, A… & Rich, S. 2004. Welfare Reform in Miami: Implementation, Effects, and Experiences of Poor Families and Neighborhoods MDRC,
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Abstract

The 1996 national welfare reform law introduced a five-year time limit on federally funded cash assistance, imposed tough new work requirements, restricted benefits for noncitizens, and gave states more flexibility to design their welfare programs than in the past. Anticipating that the law might pose particular challenges for urban areas — where poverty and welfare receipt are concentrated — MDRC launched a study to examine its implementation and effects in four big cities. This report focuses on trends in Miami-Dade County between 1996 and 2002.

2003

Michalopoulos, C., Edin, K., Fink, B., Iandriscina, M., Polit, D., Polyne, J..& Verma, N. 2003. Welfare Reform in Philadelphia: Implementation, Effects, and Experiences of Poor Families and Neighborhoods MDRC,
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Abstract

The 1996 welfare reform law called for profound changes in welfare policy, including a five-year time limit on federally funded cash assistance (known as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or TANF), stricter work requirements, and greater flexibility for states in designing and managing programs. The law's supporters hoped that it would spark innovation and reduce welfare use; critics feared that it would lead to cuts in benefits and to widespread suffering. Whether the reform succeeds or fails depends largely on what happens in big cities, where poverty and welfare receipt are most concentrated. This report - one of a series from MDRC's Project on Devolution and Urban Change - examines the specific ways in which reform unfolded in Philadelphia. The study uses field research, state records, surveys and ethnographic interviews of welfare recipients, and indicators of social and economic trends to assess TANF's implementation and effects. Because of the strong economy and ample funding for services in the late 1990s, the study captures welfare reform in the best of times but focuses on the poorest families and neighborhoods.