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School of Continuing Studies

XEDU-501 - Research Methods

Nov 2—16, 2019
3 days
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
USD 1199
USD 399 per day

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This research methods course is designed to provide students with an overview of the knowledge base, traditions, and theories of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research used in conducting program and policy evaluations. The course starts with a brief review of key evaluation concepts and processes followed by three modules on each methodology. Students will complete exercises throughout to gain experience in applying different research methodologies to program evaluations while they prepare to design a research project and evaluation.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Identify the strategies and theoretical concepts of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research methodologies
  • Compute and summarize various statistics; understand the limitations of statistics, its methods, and its application to real world problems
  • Identify advantages and disadvantages of each research approach and when to apply each in evaluation design
  • Analyze practical problems researchers face and identify solutions and alternatives
  • Describe the ethical considerations researchers should address when conducting evaluations


Dr. Kristen N. Hodge-Clark is director of research for the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB). In this role, she executes the association’s strategic research agenda on a range of issues, including enterprise risk management, governing board structure and culture, ...