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4th Edition

Research Methods in Public Administration and Nonprofit Management

ISBN 9781138743809
Published September 19, 2017 by Routledge
578 Pages 65 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Now in a thoroughly revised and refreshed fourth edition, Research Methods in Public Administration and Nonprofit Management is beloved by students and professors alike for its exceptional clarity and accessibility and plentiful illustrations. This new edition integrates quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods approaches, as well as specific up-to-date instruction in the use of statistical software programs such as Excel and SPSS. Changes to this edition include:

  • A new section, featuring two new chapters, to explore mixed-methods approaches to research, including fundamentals, research design, data collection, and analyzing and interpreting findings
  • A new, dedicated chapter on Big Data research
  • Updated exhibits and examples throughout the book
  • A new companion website to accompany the book containing PowerPoint slides for each chapter
  • New exhibits, tables, figures, and exercises, as well as key terms and discussion questions at the end of each chapter

Research Methods in Public Administration and Nonprofit Management, 4e is an ideal textbook for use in all research methods courses in undergraduate and graduate public administration, public affairs, and nonprofit management courses.

Table of Contents

Part 1. Research Fundamentals

1. Introduction to Research Methods

2. Research Ethics. Doing the Right Thing

3. Public Administration Research

4. Research in Nonprofit Organizations

5. The Eight-Step Research Process

6. Selecting a Research Topic

7. Choosing a Research Design

8. How to Write a Research Proposal

Part 2. Quantitative Research Methods

9. Fundamentals of Quantitative Research

10. Research Hypothesis Concepts

11. Hypothesis Testing Tools

12. Introduction to Sampling

13. Survey Research: Questions and Questionnaires

14. Controlling Error in Survey Research

15. Summarizing Data with Descriptive Statistics

16. Correlation and Regression Analysis

17. Introduction to Experimental Design

18. Introduction to Nonparametric Statistics

19. Introduction to Multivariate Statistics

20. Researching Very Large Datasets

Part 3. Qualitative Research Methods

21. Introduction to Qualitative Research

22. Research Using Case Study Designs

23. Research Using Grounded Theory Designs

24. Research Using Ethnographic Designs

25. Empowerment and Emancipatory Research Designs

26. Critical Research. Action Research Designs

27. Research Using Feminist Designs

28. Research Using Hermeneutic Designs

29. Research Using Library and Archival Sources

30. Content, Narrative, Meta-Analysis and Semiotic Research Designs

31. Analyzing Qualitative Data

Part 4. Mixed Research Methods

32. Introduction to Mixed Methods Research

33. Research with Mixed Methods Designs

Part 5. Preparing and Presenting Research Findings

34. Developing Tables, Charts, and Graphs

35. Introduction to Statistics Packages

36. Writing the Research Report

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David E. McNabb is Professor Emeritus at Pacific Lutheran University in Washington, USA and has taught at Oregon State University, the Stockholm School of Economics Riga, the American University of Bulgaria, Evergreen State College, the University of Maryland-UC (Europe), and the University of Washington Tacoma. He is an adjunct professor at Olympic College and a recent member of a consultant group on aspects of non-sampling errors in surveys for an agency of the federal government. Dr. McNabb has served as Director of Communications for a caucus of the Washington House of Representatives and as Director of Economic Development for the city of Fullerton, California. He has authored ten books and more than one hundred articles and conference papers.