New York University, Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service (NYU Wagner)
PADM-GP.1011: Statistical Methods for Public, Nonprofit, and Health Management
Description: This course introduces students to basic statistical methods and their application to management, policy, and financial decision-making. The course covers the essential elements of descriptive statistics, univariate and bivariate statistical inference, and an introduction to multivariate analysis. In addition to covering statistical theory, the course emphasizes applied statistics and data analysis, using the software package SPSS.
Learning Objectives: Students completing the course should gain the following knowledge and skills:
- An understanding of the different levels of measurement (nominal, ordinal and interval) and their relevance for different analytic techniques.
- An understanding of basic descriptive statistics including the mean, median, mode, range and standard deviation; and ability to calculate these statistics and to generate them using SPSS software; an understanding of when each may be appropriate for descriptive purposes.
- An ability to calculate confidence intervals for means and proportions and to assess the relative merits of point versus interval estimates for means and proportions.
- An understanding of the basic principles of statistical inference including the importance of sampling distributions and the standard error.
- An ability to determine appropriate tests of statistical significance for differences in means, differences in percentage distributions and cross-tabulations, and to execute that work manually and using SPSS software.
- An ability to determine when bivariate regression and correlation are appropriate analytic approaches, and to calculate and interpret regression and correlation coefficients, both manually and using SPSS software.
- An ability to design a multiple regression analysis, to generate regression results using SPSS software, and to interpret these results for statistical and theoretical significance.
Faculty: Jan Blustein, Judy C. Polyné, Diana Beck
Source: Syllabus downloaded from http://wagner.nyu.edu/files/syllabi/201409/CORE-GP.1011.001.doc on 3 July 2015.
Teaching Topics Addressed in this Course, Organized by Public Management Subject
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