The focus of study in the first module will be experimental designs. These designs are best used in confirmatory research studies where the area under study is well developed, there are several theories to guide the research and testable hypotheses can be formulated. These designs attempt to establish causal relationships between the social work intervention and outcome. The second module focuses on survey methods, sampling and statistical analysis. Surveys are a commonly used research design to assess the prevalence of problems, needs in a community or a client population, utilization patterns and consumer satisfaction. Sampling and statistical techniques relevant to both surveys and experimental design will also be covered. The statistical techniques will be taught on a more conceptual rather than numerically intensive basis.
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