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The text introduces you to the basics of criminal justice research utilizing real data and featuring coverage of such key issues as ethics, causation, validity, field research, and research design.
Rubin (social work, U. of Texas at Austin) and Babbie (Chapman U.) have increased their coverage of evidence-based practice and reorganized materials to more closely reflect current typical procedures in this practical guide to gathering and analyzing data. They approach social work research as a science but also thoroughly describe the human side, including the ethics and politics of social work research and culturally competent research. Step by step they show such processes as formulating problems, determining measurements, choosing designs for evaluating programs and practice, collecting large sources of data, using qualitative research methods, analyzing quantitative data, and writing research proposals and reports. They include very helpful appendices on using the library, statistically estimating sampling error, and using SPSS 11.0 for Windows.
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