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Main Title Discovering whether programs work : a guide to statistical methods for program evaluation /
Author Langbein, Laura Irwin,
Other Authors
Author Title of a Work
Goodyear public policy analysis and management series.
Publisher Goodyear Pub. Co.,
Year Published 1980
OCLC Number 05894480
ISBN 0830222146; 9780830222148
Subjects Social sciences--Statistical methods ; Evaluation research (Social action programs) ; Verwaltung
Additional Subjects Social sciences--Statistical methods ; Evaluation research (Social action programs)
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
ELCM  HA33.L34 NVFEL Library/Ann Arbor, MI 01/01/1988
Collation viii, 184 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Notes
Introduction -- Goals and criteria for evaluating public programs -- The principles of causal inference -- The practice of causal inference -- External validity -- Experimental deigns -- Quasi-experimental designs -- Nonexperimental designs: Categorical data -- Nonexperimental designs: Continuous data -- Conclusion. Here is a practical guide to the statistical methods used to determine if public policies are achieving their intended goals. Special emphasis is placed on specifying the objectives of a given public program in order to select the most effective research design. The book provides a complete outline of the principles of evaluation research, and the advantages and disadvantages of each method are discussed with examples from the world of deadlines, budgets, and self-interest (from cover).