Higher Education

Applied Statistics for Public and Nonprofit Administration, 8th Edition

  • Kenneth J. Meier Texas A&M University
  • Jeffrey L. Brudney Betty and Dan Cameron Family Distinguished Professor of Innovation in the Nonprofit Sector, University of North Carolina Wilmington
  • John Bohte University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
  • ISBN-10: 1111342806  |  ISBN-13: 9781111342807
  • 608 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2009, 2006, 2002
  • © 2012 | Published
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About

Overview

As the first book ever published for public administration statistics courses, APPLIED STATISTICS FOR PUBLIC AND NONPROFIT ADMINISTRATION makes a difficult subject accessible to students and practitioners of public administration who have little background in statistics or research methods. Steeped in experience and practice, this landmark text remains the first and best in research methods and statistics for students and practitioners in public--and nonprofit--administration. All statistical techniques used by public administration professionals are covered, and all examples in the text relate to public administration and the nonprofit sector. The text avoids jargon and formulae; instead, it uses a step-by-step approach that facilitates student learning.

Features and Benefits

  • Accessibility: The text provides students of different backgrounds the tools needed to learn and apply statistical methods quickly and easily. No previous background or preparation in statistics, methods, or analysis is needed.
  • Practicality: This textbook addresses practical problems and presents examples that practitioners in the field of public and nonprofit administration face.
  • Usefulness: The authors give students the tools and examples they need to analyze and make sense of data, to interpret the strengths and limitations of the results obtained, and to communicate their findings clearly and persuasively.
  • Problem Solving: This text includes problem sets at the end of each chapter to reinforce student learning.
  • Computer Application: The authors include data sets in Excel® available to both the instructor and students. These data sets from public and nonprofit administration provide the opportunity to use statistical package programs such as SPSS®, SAS®, STATA®, and Minitab® to analyze data and obtain results on the computer.

Table of Contents

Contents.
List of Symbols.
Preface.
PART I: FOUNDATIONS OF QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS.
1. Statistics and Public and Nonprofit Administration.
2. Measurement.
3. Research Design.
PART II: DESCRIPTIVE STATISTICS.
4. Frequency Distributions.
5. Measures of Central Tendency.
6. Measures of Dispersion.
PART III: PROBABILITY.
7. Introduction to Probability.
8. The Normal Probability Distribution.
9. The Binomial Probability Distribution.
10. Some Special Probability Distributions.
PART IV: INFERENTIAL STATISTICS.
11. Introduction to Inference.
12. Hypothesis Testing.
13. Estimating Population Proportions.
14. Testing the Difference between Two Groups.
PART V: ANALYSIS OF NOMINAL AND ORDINAL DATA.
15. Construction and Analysis of Contingency Tables.
16. Aids for the Interpretation of Contingency Tables.
17. Statistical Control Table Analysis.
PART VI: REGRESSION ANALYSIS.
18. Introduction to Regression Analysis.
19. The Assumptions of Linear Regression.
20. Time Series Analysis.
21. Multiple Regression.
22. Interrupted Time Series: Program and Policy Analysis.
23. Regression Output and Data Management.
PART VII: SPECIAL TOPICS IN QUANTITATIVE MANAGEMENT.
24. Performance Measurement Techniques.
25. Decision Theory.
Annotated Bibliography.
Statistical Tables.
Glossary.
Answers to Odd-Numbered Computational Problems.
Index.

What's New

  • New! The eighth edition incorporates more discussion of problems and examples that are important to the nonprofit sector and organizations. The text and examples are now even more interesting to students with a background in nonprofit organizations or aspirations to work in the nonprofit sector.
  • New! Upon recommendations from reviewers, faculty, and students, additional exercises have been added at the end of each chapter. As in previous editions, answers to odd-numbered computational problems are provided at the back of the book. In addition, you can access answers to all problems in the Instructor's Manual.
  • New! Also upon recommendation from reviewers, faculty, and students, more Excel®-based problems, identified in the text with a computer icon, have been included in this edition. Data sets for these problems are available for instructors and students on the text's companion website.
  • New! The chapter covering Linear Programming has been removed from the physical text for the eighth edition, but has been lightly revised and provided on the companion website for those instructors who want to continue using the material.
  • New! Increased coverage has been added to the discussion of research designs.

Efficacy and Outcomes

Reviews

"Clarity, clarity, clarity. The key for our students--and the appeal of Meier/Brudney/Bohte--is exposure to a clear and accessible introduction to quantitative analysis."-- Matthew Dull, Virginia Tech

— Matthew Dull, Virginia Tech

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Kenneth J. Meier

Kenneth J. Meier is the Charles H. Gregory Chair in Liberal Arts and Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Texas A&M University. He is also Professor of Public Management in the Cardiff School of Business, Cardiff University (Wales). He is a former editor of the AMERICAN JOURNAL OF POLITICAL SCIENCE (1994–1997), a former associate editor of THE JOURNAL OF POLITICS (1991–1994), and the JOURNAL OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION RESEARCH AND THEORY (2000–2009). He served as the president of the Southwest Political Science Association; the American Political Science Associations sections on State Politics and Policy, Public Policy, and Public Administration; the Public Management Research Association; and the Midwest Political Science Association. In 2006, he received the John Gaus Award for career contributions to public administration scholarship; and in 2010, the C. Dwight Waldo Award from the American Society for Public Administration. He currently lives with the love of his life, Diane Jones Meier, in Bryan, Texas, and spends his free time comparing the merits of California zinfandels with Australian Shirazes.

Jeffrey L. Brudney

Jeffrey L. Brudney is the Albert A. Levin Chair of Urban Studies and Public Service at Cleveland State University's Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs. According to a study published in 2005 in the JOURNAL OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION EDUCATION, Dr. Brudney ranks tenth in research productivity among scholars worldwide based on article publication in all referred journals affiliated with the American Society for Public Administration. The Urban Institute calls him "the foremost research expert on volunteer management programs and community volunteer centers in the United States." Dr. Brudney has received several international honors and awards, including the annual Herbert Kaufman Award three times from the Public Administration Section of the American Political Science Association (APSA) for excellence in research. In 2008, he received the Academy of Management Public and Nonprofit Division Best Article Award. He also has received the William E. Mosher and Frederick C. Mosher Award for the Best Article Written by an Academician published in PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION REVIEW, the leading public administration journal. In 2006, he received the first-ever Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) Award for Excellence in Teaching; he also has received the Mentor Award from the APSA Women's Caucus. Dr. Brudney is the author of FOSTERING VOLUNTEER PROGRAMS IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR: PLANNING, INITIATING, AND MANAGING VOLUNTARY ACTIVITIES, for which he received the John Grenzebach Award for Outstanding Research in Philanthropy for Education. Prior to assuming the Levin Chair, Dr. Brudney cofounded and codirected the Institute for Nonprofit Organizations and the Master of Arts in Nonprofit Organizations program at the University of Georgia.

John Bohte

John Bohte is currently Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (PhD, Texas A&M University). Dr. Bohte enjoys teaching courses on public budgeting, statistics, and state politics.