Quantitative Methods for Public Administration – PADM 810

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

The purpose of this course is to present an examination of quantitative methods and designs that are used in the public sector. Areas of focus include measurement, sampling, and design issues in generating and testing research questions and hypotheses. Quasi-experimental and non-experimental designs will be used including survey research to assess public input on government service quality and applied to practice and policy issues. IBM SPSS software will be used to analyze government datasets using descriptive and inferential statistics including correlations, cross-tabulations, t-tests, ANOVA, and regression.

Prerequisite

PADM 700

Rationale

Students will learn to apply quantitative methods best practices in a manner applicable to the public administration sector. Ethical and Biblical principles will be applied to the management of data and presentation of results.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Develop an understanding and appreciation for the importance of empirical research in public administration and policy.
  2. Identify which research designs and data collection strategies are best suited to a research question of interest.
  3. Develop research questions and testable hypotheses linked to existing theory or research.
  4. Demonstrate ability to develop hypotheses, choose appropriate statistics to test them, and describe the results correctly.
  5. Perform descriptive and inferential statistical analysis of public datasets using SPSS software.
  6. Interpret results from descriptive and inferential statistical analysis of public administrative datasets and place results in APA formatted text, tables, and figures.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings, journal articles, government reports, websites, and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums

You will take part in 3 Discussion Board Forums in which you will post a thread presenting your essay on the assigned topic, writing 750–850 words. Then, you will post replies of 250–300 words each to 2 or more classmates’ threads. Each reply must be unique and must integrate ideas (and citations) from the required reading. Merely posting the same reply in 2 places is not sufficient and may be treated as a form of academic misconduct. The original thread must incorporate ideas and citations from all of the required readings and presentations for that module/week. Students can use additional articles as well. All cites must be peer reviewed journal articles, dissertations or textbooks. No encyclopedias, dictionaries, Wikipedia, or website blogs. All posts must comply with APA current edition format.

Quantitative Analysis Report

This course requires 5 data analysis report assignments. In these assignments, students will use public administrative datasets provided by the professor and conduct statistical analyses and procedure interpretations. The student will post a report with tables, figures, and text including testing the hypotheses and providing interpretation of the results. The report will be in a Word document, APA current edition format, 4-5 double-spaced pages of content, and supported by course readings and presentations as appropriate.