Making Your Case: Using R for Program Evaluation

Paperback | July 8, 2015

byCharles Auerbach, Wendy Zeitlin

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There is a growing need for research within practice settings. Increasing competition for funding requires organizations to demonstrate that the funding they are seeking is going towards effective programming. Additionally, the evidence-based practice movement is generally pushingorganizations towards research activities, both as producers and consumers. There have been many books written about research methodology and data analysis in the helping professions, and many books have been written about using R to analyze and present data; however, this book specificallyaddresses using R to evaluate programs in organizational settings. This book is divided into three sections. The first section addresses background information that is helpful in conducting practice-based research. The second section of the book provides necessary background to begin working with R. Topics include how to download R and RStudio, navigation, Rpackages, basic R functions, and importing data. This section also introduces The Clinical Record, a freely available database program to help organizations record and track client information. The remainder of the book uses case studies to illustrate how to use R to conduct program evaluations.Techniques include data description and visualization, bivariate analysis, simple and multiple regression, and logistic regression. The final chapter illustrates a comprehensive summary of the skills demonstrated throughout the book using The Clinical Record as a data repository.

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There is a growing need for research within practice settings. Increasing competition for funding requires organizations to demonstrate that the funding they are seeking is going towards effective programming. Additionally, the evidence-based practice movement is generally pushingorganizations towards research activities, both as produ...

Dr. Auerbach is a professor at Yeshiva University and a well-known research methodologist. In addition to SSD for R, Dr. Auerbach was the lead author of SINGWIN, a forerunner of SSD for R. He has published over 80 articles in peer-reviewed publications, and is also the author of multiple book chapters. Dr. Zeitlin is an assistant profe...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 10 × 7 × 0.68 inPublished:July 8, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0190228083

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction to Program Evaluation in Social Service Agencies2. Issues in Program Evaluation3. Getting Started With R4. Getting Your Data Into R5. Basic Graphics with R6. Making Your Case By Describing Your Data7. Making Your Case By Looking at Factors Related to A Desired Outcome8. Making Your Case Using Linear Regression with R9. Making Your Case Using Logistic Regresion with R10. Bringing It All Together: Using the Clinical Record to Evaluate a ProgramReferencesAppendix A - Resources for Research MethodsAppendix B - Terminology Used in This BookAppendix C - R Packages Referred to in This BookAppendix D - Clinical Record/Filemaker Field NamesIndexR Functions Index