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Chapter 2: Research Design
After reading this chapter, you should be able to
- Distinguish between independent and dependent variables
- Explain the role of theory
- Describe the six steps of program evaluation
- Understand the importance of rival hypotheses
- Explain experimental and quasi-experimental designs
This chapter introduces major concepts in social science research and applies them to program evaluation. Program evaluation, which helps managers and analysts to determine the outcomes of programs and ...