OverviewThe Second Edition of Research Methods in Practice: Strategies for Description and Causation sets an entirely new standard for presenting and learning research methods. The perspective gained from this text makes it a truly necessary tool for such applied disciplines as public affairs and administration, public policy, psychology, urban affairs, education, sociology, social work, business, public health, political science, economics, communications and criminal justice.Imbued with a deep commitment to make social and policy research methods accessible and meaningful, the Second Edition of Research Methods in Practice: Strategies for Description and Causation compels and inspires students to truly grasp the logicÂand limitsÂof the latest research appearing in academic journals, government reports, and the media. Authors Dahlia K. Remler and Gregg G. Van Ryzin cover the most pertinent issues and methods, emphasizing the critical interpretation and practical application of research findings. Both causation and descriptionÂand the distinction between themÂare emphasized and maintained thematically throughout the text. Concepts are taught through in-depth examples, such as ÂFighting Malaria in Kenya, ÂThe U.S. Poverty Measure, ÂThe Fallout from Hurricane Katrina, ÂFamily Dinners and Teenage Substance Abuse, and ÂThe Effect of Poverty on Mental Health. The realistic trade-offs, uncertainties, habits, and excitement of the research experience come through on every page.NEW TO THIS EDITION: Expanded treatment of ethics as an integral part of research appears throughout, including more guidance on the review process and practical advice on informed consent forms, keeping data confidential, and other issues.A new Chapter 9 on statistical inference provides value to classes taking a more statistical and technical approach, while the sampling chapters is now more accessible to classes taking a less technical and statistical approach.Newly updated in full color, visuals throughout the book engage students in rich content and examples.More explicit guidance on doing a research project or thesis includes an early discussion of formulating a research question, a new section on doing a literature review, and boxes at the end of most chapters that include tips on the Âhow-tos of conducting a research study. To ensure that this text is well suited to both those taking a more statistical approach and those taking a less statistical approach, the coverage of observational studies with statistical controls has been split into two chaptersÂthe first emphasizing the essential intuition and the second providing optional details about multiple regression.New built-in learning aids include chapter-opening Learning Objectives, margin questions to help readers review the material along the way, lists of key terms, as well as additional exercises at the end of the chapter. Updated with the most current research in the field to ensure the most up-to-date methods, including online surveys, recent research on when and how control variables studies with observational data can reproduce randomized experiment results, and the ÂBig Data'' revolution.New and updated examples apply research to a range of important social and policy issues.KEY FEATURES:Current methodological techniques used in interdisciplinary research are addressed throughout.Many interesting, current examples of policy-relevant studies illustrate key research methods.Covers strategies for both description and causal estimationÂand emphasize the distinction.Advanced methodological ideas and techniques are explained in a clear and accessible manner.