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.
Chapter 4: Using Descriptive Statistics to Describe Your Study Sample
Using Descriptive Statistics to Describe Your Study Sample
Jane has been assigned the task of developing a report on the characteristics of the clients served by a program funded by a grant. She has been instructed to describe the gender, age, race, and income of these clients. In addition, she will report on the number of clients served and the average time of service for these clients. This means that Jane will conduct a descriptive study of these clients. She will not be engaged in an evaluative study because she has not been asked to report on the outcomes of the services. Among the descriptive statistics that Jane has decided to report are the following:
- The number of ...