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Dr. Johnson, www.researchdemys 1 Identifying Measures and Measurement Strategy Research Methods for Public Administrators Dr. Gail Johnson
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Dr. Johnson, www.researchdemys 2 Steps in the Research Process Planning 1. Determining Your Questions 2. Identifying Your Measures and Measurement Strategy 3. Selecting a Research Design 4. Developing Your Data Collection Strategy 5. Identifying Your Analysis Strategy 6. Reviewing and Testing Your Plan
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Dr. Johnson, www.researchdemys 3 Developing the Measurement Strategy What specifically do you want to know? How will you know it? What data do you need?
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Dr. Johnson, www.researchdemys 4 Common Measures Frequencies, percents Means, Medians, Modes Dollars Percent change Rates, Ratios Comparisons
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Dr. Johnson, www.researchdemys 5 Measuring Concepts Defining a concept so that it can be counted. Some are more easy to quantify than others: Easier:Household income, average weight, highest level of education Harder: quality, power, success, social class, intelligence, teaching methods, poverty
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Dr. Johnson, www.researchdemys 6 Developing a Measurement Strategy Conceptual definition : Key terms Boundaries Who, time frame, geographic locations Operational definition: How it will be measured in numbers
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Dr. Johnson, www.researchdemys 7 Defining Your Key Terms What teaching methods are best for adults? What do we mean by teaching methods ? What do we mean by best ? What do we mean by adults ?
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Dr. Johnson, www.researchdemys 8 Defining Your Terms Defining your terms means obtaining agreement from the stakeholders about the nature of the question. It also means translating vague words into specific meanings.
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Dr. Johnson, www.researchdemys 9 Defining Your Key Terms Is the content and delivery of the MPA program appropriate to meet the demands of the 21st century? What do we mean by content ? What do we mean by delivery ? What do we mean by demands of 21st century ? What do we mean by appropriate ?
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Dr. Johnson, www.researchdemys 10 Defining Your Key Terms Would everyone share your definitions? Consider: who are the customers and stakeholders? Would they have different definitions of content, delivery and demands?
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Dr. Johnson, www.researchdemys 11 Operational Definition Operationalizing your terms: The operations which translates a concept or idea (or construct) into a measurable phenomenon The trick is to make concepts concrete
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Dr. Johnson, www.researchdemys 12 Equilibrium Theory Tested If there a relationship between financial news stories and market activity, then we should see greater changes in market activity immediately following a major financial story. The Dow and NASDAQ provide daily reports of
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This note was uploaded on 08/30/2011 for the course ECON 101 taught by Professor Rm during the Spring '11 term at Rochester.

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