- Subject index
This book is an attempt to bridge the gap between research on substance abuse treatment programs and what actually goes on in the field of substance abuse treatment. It is aimed at both the academic and practitioner market (as is Perkinson) and it clearly describes how to determine what evidence based practice is and it addresses some of the challenges that practioners and agency directors might face in implementing EBP. The book is well-written and highly practical. It contains two complete case studies that outline two examples of Evidence based practice which will be particularly useful in the course market.
Chapter 8: Data Analysis and Interpretation
Data Analysis and Interpretation
Now for the part of the research process that many people fear or dread … the data analysis or statistical phase. Statistical analyses are a necessary component of most research. The statistical analysis reports the likelihood that a finding might be due to chance. It is not really important to know all the types of statistical analyses and how they work to understand the research process, but it is important to know why they are necessary and what the results mean. Statistical analyses come in two broad categories: descriptive and inferential. These two types of analyses will be described separately.
Descriptive statistics are widely used in everyday life, from advertising (“Get a 50% reduction in wrinkles with just ...