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PPA 500 - Research Methods for Public Policy and Admin

  • 3 credits
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Introduction to the design, logic, and ethics of research methods appropriate for the evaluation of policies and programs before, during, and after implementation. Graduate standing.

Textbooks and Materials

Section 801


  • The Practice of Social Research, 14th Ed. (2016)
    Babbie, Earl
    ISBN: 978-1305104945

Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.


Allison White

My academic training is in Comparative Politics and International Relations with specialization in Russian domestic politics, particularly the causes and effects of electoral policy. My research is informed by domestic and international nongovernmental organizations in Russia that work to advance the country’s democratic prospects and election monitoring agencies aiming to detect electoral fraud and uncover voter coercion. My research interests also extend into the area of policies pertaining to ethnic federalism and the voting patterns of ethnic minorities in the post-Soviet space.
My practical experience includes living in Russia for extended periods of time, which has allowed me to observe Russian politics first-hand and also take time to see plenty of the world-famous ballets. Working alongside various agencies, I have witnessed the ethical dilemmas and efficacy challenges that non-governmental organizations face when carrying out their daily operations. Living in an authoritarian regime where those working with non-governmental organizations face constant harassment and are sometimes forced to shutter their operations completely has given me a profound appreciation for the tireless dedication of the community involved in political and economic development overseas.