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Research Midterm Week Adam Eckered

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Research Midterm Week Adam Eckered Pols 201

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These were notes from last week, but you probz saw my study guide so.
Research Methods in Political Science
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Date Created: 03/13/16
Memo 3  Data Collection Strategies o Are international NGO’s are effective at providing assistance in poor countries?  Three different approaches  Causal design o Secondary data from a variety of different sources (WHAT WE ARE DOING)  Quasi experimental o Natural experiment with different approaches  Case study o In depth process  Theories o Commitment and experience  The longer aid agencies work in an area, the more effective the assistance is o Direct or indirect o Collaborative economic development  Actually working closely and collaboratively with recipeients, aid can be provided in a way that best suits each person  Literature Review o What does it mean to be effective  No clear way to measure that  What is ineffective and effective  Key concepts and indicators o Ngo behavior  Broaden in efficiency  Strategy/change theory  Reach  Who helping, how they are helping them  Collaborative effort  The extent to which they are collaborating with, or are they swooping in o Assistance  Look at short term reach  Medium term sustainability o Select ways to think about these projects (WHAT WE ARE DOING)  Causal research design o When x does something, y should happen  Write unit of anlysis:  DV: economic development  IV: length of NGO commitment and amount of NGO resources committed o Research design together  Tells you what you need to do  Need to determine how to get data from independent variables and depednet variabels o Collect secondary data at the national elvel  Set it up as a panel data/time series design  One country/ one year  Numerous countries, numerous years  You can do this because we have the data that exists that happen, here we can o Measures- one way to measure at this level  Yearly gdp change  Economic diversity  Economic equity as indicated by the ratio of the economic gains for disadvantaged groups  Breakdowns of measures o How to narrow o Because of data and availability  Measures o DV: stustainability of economic conditions o Only way to get at this is if they have received assistance, what there current income is  However define standard of living  Form expectations or hypothesis  Case Design o Still would like to do a comparison, but instad find where collaboration is actually occurring  Not really controlling things o Ask people directly, how they use that  Investigate that in further detail. Selecting on a dependent variable o Result in better outcomes  Selective for a community that has collaboration, see how it takes place o Measures  All after you’ve collected data  Go through trasncripts, coding, key words, key phrases o For this to work, have others to identify the same things  Know a little for a lot of places or a lot for a little places  Causal design o Strengths in generalizing  Quasi o Generalizability, but a little more indepth  All provide a little piece of a lot. o Together they are more effective.  See how they are layed out  Midterm o One o 15 or 20 guess questions o 10 short answer  Suggest short answer, multiple guess  Time o Using both in the book and in the lecture, review it  Short answer are applied there are some defend or efute this statement, usually do either one. Chapter 8: Experimental Method  More common in biological physical sciences o Define key terms o Present the logic o Outline the various types of experiments o Discuss some of limitations  8.1 Attributes and Variables o Attribute  A characteristic or concept or construct that expresses the qualities possessed by a certain objects. Quantity that expresses a quality in numbers  Qualitative research o Focused on the subjective attributes  Quantitative researchWha o Focused on the measurement of objective variables o Variable types  Independent  Constitute as the cause  Dependent  The effect  Background  Antecedents that affect the situation prior to the study  Intervening  Events between the treatment and posttest measurement  Extraneous  Observed which might affect outcomes, but can’t be controlled  Alternative independent  Causes different from existing independent variable o Variables have precise definitions  Univariate  Study a single variable  Bivariate  Two variable study  Multivariate  Three or more variable study o Each variable has to be unidimensional  A way to check variables  If adjectives of variables are not polar opposites your variables overlap, which isn’t great  8.2 o Cause and effect  A demonstration of cause and effect, four types  Statically significant relationship between independent and dependent  The independent precede dependent in variable  Experimental group exposed to the independent variable stayed the same  Alternative independent variables did not determine the results o One limitations of experimental approach  Unicausal approach  Three possibilities o Another true cause o Many causes have one effect o One cause has many effects  8.3 o Key element  Management of variables so that effect can be measured, held stasitically  Important part of experimental design  Problem can be dealt with through randomization o Three variables might be external to the experiement, three within experiment might need to be controlled  Knowledge of subjects  Hawthorne effect  Researchers know about experimental protocols o Testing process  8.4 Types of experimental design o Require pre and post testing of randomized control and experimental groups  Treatment introduced to experimental group not to control  Both are tested to measure any changes  The experimental group does, cause and effect is established because the exposure of experimental group to the independent variable has changed o Type of design  One shot case study  Single group studied once, provides a treatment, measures an effect o Lacks control o Has only two right hand elements o Does not measure what performance was previously and therefore, whether it has actually changed  One group- pre test, post test  Measures performance before as well after introduction of the treatment to a single group  Pre test and post test  Basic true experimental design  Correlation studies o Surveys measuring associations between variables  The best we can achieve in survey research? o Through quasi experimental design  Non-equivalent control group pre test post test  Time series  Control group time series  Equivalent time samples  Ex post facto  Correlational study  8.5 Quasi Experimental and ex post facto research o Not true experiments, apply logic to attempt to control variables o Ex post facto designs  Revese approach by searching backwards  Correlation studies o Surveys measure associations between variables  8.6 Validity of experiments o Confined to laboratories, or classrooms  Environments closely control variables  Experimental research lower validity, conditions are limiting to world o Internal validity o Corrections of data collected, whether research made the difference observed o External validity  Extent to which an experiment can be generalized to other situations  Ecological validity o Reliable generalization from lab Just Plain Data Analysis  Social indicators o The standards by which people measure performance, and hold people accountable o Si  Time series comparisons  Crucial evidence employed in arguments about politics and public policy  Measurement Validity and Reliability o Indicator is valid if?  It measures the concept it is trying to measure o Is consistent if?  The measurements are consistent o Validity  Consider the context in which it is used, and choices made in determining counts and divisors  Social Capital Index by Putnam o Gives weighted average of fourteen measures of community life, engagement in public affairs, volunteerism, and social trust o Reliability  Unreliability  Caused by errors in data collection  Cross national data is subject to inconsistent and collection  Be wary of the use of sampling error alone as a measure of the reliability  Reliability and Validity of Crime Statistics o Crime hasn’t declined as dramatically as thought, even though some things say that it has  Evaluating Causal Relationships  Relationships based on social indicator comparisons across time, groups, etc.  If we find a observed relationship between two variables  X and y o E can conclude that x causes y if it is not the case  There is no real relationship  Y causes x  Something else related to x, causes y  In the absence of a experimental setting  The reasonable method to see if a relationship is true o Is to see If additional relationships can be drawn  Controlling for Spurious Relationships o Control for various factors that might for account for and elaborate on a certain relationship  Consider all factors o Simpson’s Paradox  Occurs when a relationship exists for all subgroups of a population disappears when data are aggregated for the whole population  Or the reverse o When there is no relationship among subgroups o Ecological Fallacy  Drawing erroneous inferences about an individual behavior from relationship based on aggregated geographical data.  Cherry picking o Selective culling of evidence to support a claim is a common problem  Selective picking evidence is done intentionally  Rate of Change Fallacy o Look at both sides of the story  Depends on what you mean by climbing at faster rates depends on definitions 


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