GS/PPAL 6200 3.00   

Course Outline 26Jan17

Module I: Introductions, Research Designs & Ethics
Week 1: January 10 and 11 Notes 1
Week 2: January 17 and 18 Notes 2 (PDF) PPT
Week 3: January 24  and 25 Notes 3 (PDF)

Module II: Data Sources
Week 4: January 31 and February 1 Notes 4 (PDF)
Week 5: February 7 and 8 Notes 5 (PDF)
Week 6: February 14 and 15 Notes 6
Reading Week (No class): February21 and 22

Module III: Qualitative Research
Week 7: February 28 and March 1 Notes 7 Assignment #1 Due (40%)
Week 8: March 7 and 8 Notes 8

Module IV: Quantitative Research
Review of Statistical Concepts, Primer on Hypothesis Testing
Quantitative Research Project: Raw Data
Week 9: March 14 and 15 Notes 9a, Notes 9b,  Assignment #2 Due (20%)
Week 10: March 21 and 22 Notes 10
Week 11: March 28 and 29 Notes 11 (revised)
Week 12: April 4 and 5 Notes 12
April 11 (Tuesday) and 12 (Wednesday) Assignment #3 Due (40%)

CALENDAR COURSE DESCRIPTION This course provides students with the basic knowledge necessary for the systematic collection of data in the public service [and] for understanding such data...

Expanded course description What do we know? How do we know what we know? How do we discover what we don’t know? When do we know that we have discovered relevant knowledge? To support and critique “evidence-based” decision making in the public service we need to examine these questions for answers.   This course explores the principles and practices of research design, data collection and analysis.  Our objective is to increase your basic skills in the collection, analysis, interpretation and presentation of information that can inform public sector decisions. 

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the role and process of research in contemporary public policy development, implementation and evaluation
  • Understand key concepts in research
  • Apply critical analytical skills to published research
  • Understand the application, value and limits of quantitative and qualitative research methodologies and techniques / tools
  • Develop skills in designing research methods suitable for different policy contexts and for rigorous analysis and evaluation

Bryman, Alan, Edward Bell, and James J. Teevan.  Social Research Methods Fourth Canadian Edition.  Oxford University Press, 2016.
Additional Readings as identified in the Course Outline

Additional Resources:  

UK Government, Introduction to User Research Techniques

UK National Audit Office, A Practical Guide to Sampling

Evaluating Internet Resources

York University Libraries “Data and Statistics” Research Guide http://researchguides.library.yorku.ca/data?hs=a&gid=1377

There are 3 required assignments. A paper copy of your required assignment is due in class one week after the completion of each module.    Late assignments will be penalized at the rate of 10% of the total assignment grade per day unless a request for an accommodation has been approved by the instructor.   The instructor reserves the right to require documentation in support of a request for accommodation.

Module I: Introductions
& Module II: Data Sources
Assignment #1 Due (40%) February 28 and March 1, 2017
Module III: Qualitative Research Assignment #2 Due (20%) March 14 and 15, 2017
Module IV: Quantitative Research Assignment #3 Due (40%) April 4 (Tuesday section) and April 12 (Wednesday section), 2017

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