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Babbie Ch 12 Vocab

Evaluation Research Research undertaken for the purpose of determining the impact of some social intervention, such as a program aimed at solving a social problem.
Social Intervention an action taken within a social context for the purpose of producing some intended result. (i.e. has a social intervention produced the intended result)
Needs Assessment Studies studies that aim to determine the existence and extent of problems, typically among a segment of the population, such as the elderly [type of evaluation research]
Cost-benefit Studies Studies that determine whether the results of a program can be justified by its expense (both financial and other) [type of evaluation research]
Monitoring Studies Studies that provide a steady flow of information about something of interest, such as crime rates or the outbreak of an epidemic [type of evaluation research]
Program Evaluation/Program Assessment the determination of whether a social intervention producing the intended result
Quasi Experiments Nonrigoruous inquiries somewhat resembling controlled experiments but lacking key elements such as pre- and posttesting and/or control groups
Time-series Design A research design that involves measurements made over some period, such as the study of traffic accident rates before and after lowering the speed limit [type of quasi experiment]
Non-Equivalent Control Group A control group that is similar to the experimental group but is not created by the random assignment of subjects. [type of quasi experiment]
Multiple Time-Series Designs The use of more than one set of data that were collected over time, as in accident rates over time in several states or cities, so that comparisons can be made [type of quasi experiment]
Social Indicators Measurements that reflect the quality or nature of social life, such as crime rates infant mortality rates, number of physicians per 100,000 population, and do forth. ____ are often monitored to determine the nature of social change in society.
Computer Simulation hold the presume of allowing researchers to study the possible result of social interventions without having to incur those results in real life
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