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Essential Statistics for Public Managers and Policy Analysts

Essential Statistics for Public Managers and Policy Analysts

Third Edition
  • Evan Berman - Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
  • Xiaohu Wang - City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon, Hong Kong, University of Central Florida, USA

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Public Management

November 2011 | 392 pages | CQ Press
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Known for its brevity and student-friendly approach, this new, Third Edition of Essential Statistics provides students with a strong conceptual foundation, but continues to stress application. Class-tested learning objectives, key term lists, and numeroustables, figures, and charts further enhance skill acquisition.

Fully updated, this edition touts:

- two new chapters on applications in performance management and analysis and ANOVA

- new coverage of essential nonparametric alternatives to conventional inferential statistics

- additional material on performance management, going beyond an emphasis on performance measurement.

Why Statistics for Public Managers and Analysts?
Research Design
Conceptualization and Measurement
Measuring and Managing Performance: Present and Future
Data Collection
Central Tendency
Measures of Dispersion
Contingency Tables
Getting Results
Hypothesis Testing with Chi-square
Measures of Association
The T-test
Analysis of Variance (ANOVA)
Simple Regression
Multiple Regression
Logistic Regression
Time Series Analysis
Survey of Other Techniques
Appendix: Statistical Tables

Essential Statistics for Public Managers and Policy Analysts is a very useful presentation of statistics in the context of public administration, and at the right level. It gives a welcome refresher for my graduate students who have not taken statistics recently, while also being appropriately challenging for students who are more up-to-date in their statistics education.” 

David Oliver Kasdan
Incheon National University, Korea

“I highly value the clarity and straightforwardness of the book, and particularly like the fact that Essential Statistics does not force us to use one particular statistical software platform. The topics are discussed in a comprehensive fashion, such that the book can transition from the student bookcase to the professional library without problem. We tell our students that this is a ‘keeper.’”

Fernando De Paolis
Middlebury Institute of International Studies

“This is the perfect text to use with future public administrators, non-profit agency directors, policy analysts, and health care analysts. It is very user-friendly. The workbook and online resources, too, are excellent.”

M. Raymond Alvarez
West Virginia University

Very good and useful guide for our bespoke Research in Public Services module.

Dr Diana Stirbu
Law, Governance and Int'l Relations, London Metropolitan Uni (North Campus)
September 20, 2013

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Evan M. Berman

Evan M. Berman is Professor of Public Management and Director of Internationalization at Victoria University of Wellington, School of Government. Prior, he was the Huey McElveen Distinguished Professor at Louisiana State University. His areas of expertise are human resource management, public performance, local government, and public governance in Asia. He is past Chair of the American Society for Public Administration’s Section of Personnel and Labor Relations. He has over 125 publications and 12 books, including People Skills At Work (CRC Press, 2011), Essential Statistics for Public Managers and Policy Analysts, Third Edition (CQ Press,... More About Author

XiaoHu Wang

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