Statistical tools

Using the statistical tools you know, prepare an analysis of a public administration, non-profit organization, or public policy issue. Students may choose a program evaluation topic question from current or past work experience or an interesting research question from public policy/administration, management of non-profit organizations, or program evaluation.

1. Introduction

a. What is the research question?

b. Why is it important for public administrators or public policy-makers?

c. What is the goal of the paper?

2. Data and methods

a. What variables are you used and where did the data come from?

b. What analytical tools did you use?

Hint: All papers should present descriptive statistics and charts to graphically summarize your data.

c. What are the results of your analysis?

3. Conclusions

a. What do your results mean?

b. What are the public policy / administration implications?

c. If further study is appropriate, what would those studies be like?

4. Recommendations

a. What actions should follow from your analysis?

5. Appendix

a. Include the data you used for your analysis

b. Clearly identify each variable and its source

Grading for the project will be based on the following factors:

1. Clarity / Organization – 15%

a. Is your paper and presentation easy to understand?

b. Is your paper free of grammatical and syntactical errors?

c. Are charts and analytical methods used appropriately?

d. Do you clearly explain the unit of analysis (city, state, year, etc.)?

e. Is material organized in a logical way with charts placed adjacent to explanatory text?

2. The difficulty and appropriate use of the statistical method(s) chosen – 40%

a. Is your analysis uni-variate (using one variable)?

b. Is your analysis bi-variate (exploring the relationship between two variables)?

c. Is your analysis multivariate (exploring the relationship between three or more variables)?

d. Did your paper properly use hypothesis testing?

e. Does your analysis involve multiple steps?

3. Interpretation of statistical results – 20%

a. Do you understand and explain the meaning of your statistical output?

b. Do you make appropriate inferences and explain them?

c. Do you understand and the risks (p-values) associated with the inferences that you make?

4. Relevance of the topic to current issues in public administration, public policy, or the management of non-profit organizations – 10%

a. Why would a busy public administrator or public elected official take the time to read and understand your paper?

b. What do the numbers and charts mean?

c. How does your analysis add to the public policy debate about an issue?

d. How does your analysis improve management practices or policies in public administration or management of non-profit organizations?

5. Richness (quantity and applicability) of the data used – 10%

The data you need to work on are under about us/finances/ financial statement and annual reports.

the statistical tool you need to use is multiple regression.

y= annual donation

x1= unemployment rate for U.S.A

x2= interest rate

x3= u.s.a iranian population

x4= organization’s fundraising budget.

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