This practical book shows how both Excel® and SPSS® can be used for analyzing data for human service evaluation. Assuming no prior instruction for statistics, the text utilizes a “learn by doing” approach: readers see the use of statistics demonstrated and then are encouraged to apply their own data to statistical analysis with step–by–step guidance. Decision trees, practice exercises, and quizzes ensure readers will be well prepared to practice data analysis in a wide variety of human services situations.

Why Do We Use Statistics?: Basic Concepts We Need to Know

Why Do We Use Statistics?: Basic Concepts We Need to Know

Jamie has been collecting data on client outcomes for her Employment Support Program, which is designed to improve the chances of employment for a high-risk population. She compared clients who had completed the program with those on the waiting list for service, looking at whether the client had obtained employment. A year ago, she found that 60% of her 10 clients had obtained employment as compared to 40% of the 10 clients on the waiting list. Recently, she did another study and found that the 9 clients who had completed service did not have a higher rate of employment than those on the ...

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