Quantitative Methods for Public Managers
The aim of this course is for students to understand, interpret, and use quantitative techniques to address questions of public administration. Topics include measurement, sampling, and survey methods for generating data, measures of central tendency and dispersion, and statistical inference. Mastering these principles of statistics will help you succeed in your future course work and professional career. By the end of this course you will be able to understand, compute, and interpret basic statistical information; communicate statistical information in both technical and non-technical language; and critically assess the quality, correctness, and validity of statistical work produced by others.
This course serves as an introduction to public administration in the U.S. context, with an emphasis on the political dimensions of running the government. The main goals of this course are to help you deepen your appreciation of the importance of public administration in our democratic scheme of governance, to enhance your ability to think analytically about problems of public administration, and to enable you to make strong arguments about how public administration issues might be addressed. By the end of this semester, you will be able to articulate the basic history and guiding principles behind today’s administrative state in the US; the development of the academic field of public administration; and the major implications of the administrative state for public policy, politics, and democracy.