Course Number: 
48500

This course gives students hands-on experience in basic quantitative methods that are often used in needs assessment, policy analysis and planning, resource allocation, performance monitoring, and program evaluation. The class emphasizes four essential ingredients of using data effectively: (1) organizing data to answer specific questions; (2) conducting and interpreting appropriate analyses; (3) presenting results clearly and effectively to policymakers and others; (4) becoming critical consumers of data-based analyses and using data to inform practice. Students will learn techniques for descriptive, bivariate, and multivariate statistical analysis, and for tabling and graphing results, in the statistical program SPSS. Prerequisites: SSAD 30200 or faculty approval following research exam.