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Practical Research Methods for Nonprofit and Public Administrators

1st Edition

By Elizabeth O'Sullivan, Gary R. Rassel, Jocelyn DeVance Taliaferro


272 pages

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Organized around the four types of studies typically conducted by effective managers and programs, Practical Research Methods for Nonprofit and Public Administrators integrates traditional research methods topics with specific management applications. This unique text includes extensive end-of-chapter exercises highlighting the importance of qualitative methods and emphasizing practical skills managers should be able to easily and correctly apply.

Table of Contents

SECTION I. Research in Nonprofit and Public Programs: The Basics

Chapter 1. Research in Public and Nonprofit Programs: The Basics

Chapter 2. Measurement

Chapter 3. Ethical Treatment of Research Subjects

SECTION II. Performance Measurement Systems: Their Design and Analysis

Chapter 4. Designing Performance Measures and Monitoring Systems

Chapter 5. Analyzing Performance Measures

SECTION III. Citizen Surveys: Their Design and Analysis

Chapter 6. Selecting and Contacting Subjects

Chapter 7. Questions and Questionnaire for Surveys and Interviews

Chapter 8. Analyzing Survey Data: Describing Relationships Among Variables

Chapter 9. Generalizing from Survey Findings: Applying Inferential Statistics

Chapter 10. Analyzing Interviews and Open-Ended Questions

SECTION V. Programs and Communities

Chapter 11. Research to Evaluate Programs

Chapter 12. Community Needs Assessment

Chapter 13. Working with Geographic Information Systems

Chapter 14. Communicating Findings

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