Understanding Data: Research Methods for Managers

This course aims to allow graduate students to use data and understand and apply evidence to their management of aging services. It introduces them to basic research methods; trains them to understand and use social science research literature; and provides an overview of monitoring and reporting program performance. Students will learn about the scientific method and the basics of research, including sampling, measurement, basic statistics, and research design options. The course also trains them to be critical consumers of scientific research, teaching them to locate, evaluate, and summarize published research.