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Research Methods and Statistics for Public and Nonprofit Administrators

Research Methods and Statistics for Public and Nonprofit Administrators
A Practical Guide

September 2013 | 392 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

"The approach is well executed. The problems encountered by [the characters] represent real-life issues than administrators are faced with and the applications needed to address them."

—Lee W. Payne, Stephen F. Austin State University

Research Methods and Statistics for Public and Nonprofit Administrators: A Practical Guide is a comprehensive, easy-to-read, core text that thoroughly prepares readers to apply research methods and data analysis to the professional environments of public and non-profit administration. The authors expertly incorporate original case examples to demonstrate concepts using “real actors,” facing specific scenarios, in which research methods must be applied. This unique approach—presented in language accessible to both students new to research as well as current practitioners—guides the reader in fully understanding the research options detailed throughout the text.

1. When a Practitioner Becomes a Researcher
2. Research Alignment
3. Identifying the Focus of the Research: Research Objective and Research Question
4. Research Design
5. Sample Selection
6. Data Collection
7. Quantitative Data Preparation and Descriptive Statistics
8. Hypothesis Testing and Statistical Significance: Logic of Inferential Statistics
9. Comparing Means Between Two Groups
10. Comparing Means of More Than Two Groups: Analysis of Variance (ANOVA)
11. Bivariate Correlation
12. Chi-Square Analysis
13. Regression Analysis
14. Qualitative Data Analysis
15. Writing Reports
16. Using Research Methods for Continuous Improvement: Program Evaluation and Performance Measurement
Appendix A: Additional SPSS and Excel Instructions
Appendix B: Emily’s Survey Form

"The case approach used in the text presents a very exciting way for students to apply research methods/statistics to cases, rather than applying it to short problems at the end of most textbooks."

James S. Guseh
North Carolina Central University

An excellent combination of real life issues to conceptualise the theoretical perspectives of research in the not for profit sector.
Thank you

Mr Michael Hall
Management , City College Norwich
July 16, 2014

This book has very clear examples about correctly using some of the most common statistical tools. It is an interesting manual that will be very useful for a large range of graduation and post-graduation courses, in the field of Social Sciences.

Dr Paulo Mourao
School of Economics & Management, Minho University
February 25, 2014

The applied context of the book makes it an interesting support for students who are undertaking research methods in programs which are practice-oriented. I particularly the case made for research skills as leadership skills, in the first chapter.

Dr Amélie Gourdon
Kingston Business School, Kingston University
December 20, 2013
Key features


  • Integrated cases that align the complete research process: Readers understand the “big picture” of the research process before launching into defining the research questions.
  • Original, “real-world” case examples: Common, pragmatic organizational and community issues help readers link chapter concepts to research they may want to conduct in their professions.
  • Support materials—including case-specific exercises data sets in both SPSS and Excel—allow readers to work through the same problems that the case actors are engaging.  

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 4

Chapter 13

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