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Policy Creation and EvaluationUnderstanding Welfare Reform in the United States$
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Richard Hoefer

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199735198

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199735198.001.0001

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Using Quantitative Approaches to Understand What the Policy Did

Using Quantitative Approaches to Understand What the Policy Did

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(p.134) 6 Using Quantitative Approaches to Understand What the Policy Did
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Policy Creation and Evaluation
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Richard Hoefer

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199735198.003.0006

This chapter devotes itself to describing and then applying quantitative methods to evaluate policy outcomes. This chapter provides an overview of quantitative methods, particularly from an evaluation perspective. We then use two examples of evaluations of aspects of the welfare reform law to apply our understanding of the strengths and limitations of this style of analysis. We discuss several aspects of quantitative methods, including secondary data analysis, survey research, standardized measures, design issues and inferential statistical analysis.

Keywords:   social policy, program evaluation, TANF, quantitative methods, qualitative analysis, policy analysis, secondary data analysis, survey research, standardized measures, inferential statistical analysis

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