Program Evaluation

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Objective – Understand and explain the purpose and process of program evaluation
Program Outcome: Prepare our students to assume effective leadership and managerial positions in government and nonprofit organizations.

Note: You will find the GSS2014 database in course documents found on the course menu.

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1).  In the absence of performing an analysis, make a prediction: What percent of Americans view their marriage as “very happy”, somewhat happy”, and “not too happy”?  Then using the GSS2014 data, run a frequency on HAPMAR (Happiness of Marriage), and also create a pie chart.  Describe your findings below and explain the extent to which your hypotheses conformed with the observations.  What do these findings suggest about marriage happiness?  Exclude missing cases.

Predicted                   Actual

Percent                      Percent

Very Happy                            __________                     _________

Pretty Happy                         __________                     __________

Not Too Happy                      ___________                     _________

How close were your predictions?  If they differed, what do you think was the reason?

What do these findings suggest about the state of marriage in America?

2)  Using the GSS2014 dataset, run a frequency on how common marriage infidelity (EVSTRAY) is.  Exclude missing cases.  Report the frequency and the valid percentages

Frequency __________________  Valid Percent ________________

3)  Thinking ahead: What types of forces might predict if an individual is unfaithful to her or his spouse?  Can you find two variables in the GSS2014 data that offer indicators of this concern?  generate summary statistics of these indicators and describe them (NOTE: these will be frequencies for a nominal variable and descriptives for a scale variable).  These could be variables that could be hypothesized as reducing the chance or enhancing the chance.

Indicator 1:

Indicator 2:



4)  Using Explore determine the measures of central tendency and spread for CRC192 (Juvenile Arrest Rate per 100,000 for violent crime) from STATES10 data set.  Examine the statistics and determine which measures of central tendency and spread are most appropriate.  Make sure to click on the statistics box and check “descriptives.”

Mean                                  ________________________________

Median                                ________________________________

Standard deviation               ________________________________

Range                                 ________________________________

Interquartile range               ________________________________

Consider you work for a non-profit looking to reduce juvenile delinquency in one of the states in the middle of the pack (so to speak) and you want to see what has been done in other several other states.  Using the following graph and the STATES10 dataset, which states would you look at as examples of states that could provide examples of what you might do to reduce juvenile delinquency, and you will also include where (relatively speaking) does the state you currently live in rank (high, med, low).  The 10 numbers on the graph are states at the upper and lower bounds, and correspond to the CASE ID number.  The CASE ID is how you can identify these states.  You can look up your state’s information in the data set if not one of the listed states.

NOTE: The cases are identified by CASE ID not STATEID unless– If the states are not listed alphabetically, the case ID will not work–use the state ID).  See the help at the end of the discussion if you forgot how to do this.



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