Public policy research, though it follows general scientific principles, is distinctive in both its choice of questions and what constitutes a satisfactory answer; it is not merely applied economics or statistics. There is, however, no general paradigm in terms of research methods. Rather, effective research requires familiarity with a wide variety of research techniques.Read more about PUAF 798Z: Qualitative and Other Research Methods in Public Policy
This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of: (1) the key demographic and economic trends underway in the US, with particular attention placed on the changing picture of the poor, the elderly and our increasingly diverse population; (2) the history and evolution of social policies in the United States as well as the structure of programs and responsibilities among levels of government and the private sector; (3) an assessment of key social policy challenges, and (4) a comparative examination of social policies in key areas Read more about PUAF 734: Foundations of Social Policy
Though criminology has a strong theoretical component, much of the motivation for the field is the ability of criminological research to improve the quality of life through better policy and program decisions.
The bulk of the course is focused on methods used in policy research. Public policy research in criminal justice, though it follows general scientific principles, is distinctive in both its choice of questions and what constitutes a satisfactory answer; it is not merely applied criminology. Read more about CCJS 699X: Policy Research for Criminologists