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5. Statistics Project – 20 points

In the Session Six, each student is expected to submit a completed statistics project to the instructor.

Throughout the course, each student will regularly be using a data set from a South Carolina residential

group home for adolescent females. As a human services worker, the student might be expected to

present data about the status and nature of clients of his/her organization to his/her colleagues, to

stakeholders, or to professional organizations (i.e., at a conference). Each student should assume he/she

is a human services worker, perhaps a supervisor at the residential group home. The student is to

develop a written report on the status and nature of clients at the group home and imagine that he/she is

providing this information to fellow group home workers or to a potential funding agency.

For this report, each student is to select (at least) 4-5 variables (at least 1 variable must be numerical

and 1 variable must be categorical), calculate the appropriate univariate descriptive statistics, and (at

least) 3 bivariate statistics, and present this material in a written report (to his/her colleagues or

funders). Students are encouraged to analyze and report variables that are interesting or informative.

The reports should be a minimum of 3 full and a maximum of 8 full, double-spaced, word-processed

pages (10-12 point font size and maximum 1-inch margins). They should include an introduction to the

sample (e.g., a brief summary of the group home and residents) and a written description of each

variable (e.g., what it is and how it was measured/determined). Students should then provide a written

summary (e.g., a 5-number summary or frequency distribution) for each variable, including any relevant

or informative conclusions/interpretations that may be drawn. Finally, the report should include the 3

bivariate statistical analyses, along with figures or tables, as appropriate, and the student’s

interpretations/conclusions for each bivariate analysis. A general interpretation or conclusion should

complete the paper.

The student may use variables that he/she has examined throughout the course. Tables/Figures can be

embedded in the text of the report, but Tables/Figures that are embedded in the text should be no larger

than about a half-page (i.e., no more than 2 figures on a page).

The instructor will be grading the reports in terms of clarity and precision of the analysis and presentation

of the data. In particular, the instructor will pay attention to the following dimensions:

1) organization: writing, including the structure of the paper, should flow smoothly and clearly,

without awkward or unclear sentences;

2) content or critical analysis: the quality of thought, revealed in the quality of the summary of

the article, and the quality of the analysis, comments, or observations;

3) grammar and mechanics: the presence or absence of ungrammatical sentences or spelling

errors.

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