Quantitative Methods: Theory and Design

Data Analysis Basics – Part II Judy Savageau

Hello! I’m Judy Savageau from the Center for Health Policy and Research at UMass Medical School following up on yesterday’s post with Part II of basic data analyses. A number of posts outlining statistical/analytic details are in AEA365’s archives. For example, there are some great posts on “Readings for Numbers People (or Those Who Wish …

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Data Analysis Basics – Part I by Judy Savageau

Hello! I’m Judy Savageau from the Center for Health Policy and Research  at UMass Medical School. A recent post from Pei-Pei Lei, my colleague in our Office of Survey Research, introduced some options for statistical programming in R. I wondered whether a basic introduction to statistics might be in order for those contemplating ‘where do …

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Labor Day Week: Cleaning Up Data: Turning the Dirt by Samantha Theriault

My name is Samantha Theriault, and I am the Research Assistant at Randi Korn & Associates (RK&A), a research, evaluation and intentional planning company that specializes in museums and informal learning. Lesson Learned: As a research assistant, I spend much of my time entering and processing data.  Data entry and clean-up is time consuming and …

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Is R right for you? If yes… by Pei-Pei Lei

Greetings AEA community, I’m Pei-Pei Lei, a biostatistician in the Office of Survey Research at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Have you been looking to expand your skill set in statistical programming? Have you wondered if R is the appropriate statistical software package for your needs? The purpose of this post is to help …

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Lisa Holliday and Olivia Stevenson on R the Easy Way: Rcmdr

We are Lisa Holliday and Olivia Stevenson. We are data architects with The Evaluation Group where we have recently begun to transition to R for data analysis.  R is a free program for statistical analysis that is powerful, but can have a steep learning curve if you want to utilize its scripting capabilities. Is R …

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Pei-Pei Lei and Carla Hillerns on the Beauty of Banner Tables

Hi, we are Pei-Pei Lei and Carla Hillerns from the Office of Survey Research at the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Center of Healthcare Policy and Research. The other day, we asked each other what one analysis tool is most vital to our quantitative survey work. We agreed on the answer – a banner table. …

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Ama Nyame-Mensah on Using & Constructing Likert Scales In Evaluation Research

My name is Ama Nyame-Mensah, and I am a doctoral student in the Social Welfare program at the University of Pennsylvania. Likert scales are commonly used in program evaluation. However, despite their widespread popularity, Likert scales are often misused and poorly constructed, which can result in misleading evaluation outcomes. Consider the following tips when using …

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Spectra Myers on Simplifying Data Analysis

My name is Spectra Myers, and I am a graduate student at the University of Minnesota’s Organizational Leadership Policy and Development working on a Masters in Evaluation Studies. I have been working closely with a Minneapolis agency addressing homelessness among youth on a service evaluation. The project included fielding a paper survey, data entry and …

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Ama Nyame-Mensah on Dealing with Demographic Data

Hi, I’m Ama Nyame-Mensah. I am a doctoral student at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy & Practice. In this post, I will share with you some lessons learned about incorporating demographic variables into surveys or questionnaires. For many, the most important part of a survey or questionnaire is the demographics section. Not …

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Carla Hillerns and Pei-Pei Lei on a Quest to Eliminate Double-Barreled Survey Questions

We are Carla Hillerns and Pei-Pei Lei from the Office of Survey Research at the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Center for Health Policy and Research. We’d like to discuss a common mistake in surveys – double-barreled questions. As the name implies, a double-barreled question asks about two topics, which can lead to issues of …

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