Why Research Methods Matter: Essential Skills for Decision Making

December 9 | 1 p.m. EST

Each semester, many public administration students take courses in research methods and vow they never intend to use programs such as SPSS and SAS in their professional careers. So, they reasonably want to know why they are required to take a methods course.

This  book addresses this question by linking the tools of research methods to the importance of managerial decisionmaking. It provides a concise resource of practical applications of why research methods are important for public administrators, who do not routinely perform data analysis, but often find themselves having to evaluate and make important decisions based on data analysis and evaluative reports they receive. Research methods are central to the execution of good government and solid public-sector decisionmaking.

Key takeaways will include:

  • The art of scientific research
  • Practical examples of why research methods matter
  • Statistical significance v. practical significance
  • Academics and practitioners as research partners.
This BookTalk also will include an awards ceremony to honor some of ASPA's 2020 award winners. Make sure you stay on the webinar through the end and join us in recognizing our honorees!

Susan T. Gooden, Dean and Professor, L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, Virginia Commonwealth University
Susan Gooden is an internationally recognized expert on social equity. She is also an ASPA past president, an elected fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and vice president of the Network of Associated Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration.

RaJade M. Berry-James, Associate Professor of Public Administration, School of Public and International Affairs, NC State University
RaJade Berry-James' expertise includes research methods, program evaluation and social equity. She is chair-elect of the NC State faculty and a resident research fellow in Genetic Engineering and Society at NC State.  Formerly, she served on ASPA's National Council, representing District 2.  She is past chair of the NASPAA Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation (COPRA) and an elected fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.