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Statistical Research Problem

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Here is the outline listing what I need to include as well as the first page of my proposal summary and backgrounder. I need help identifying which statistical analysis best suits what I am proposing to research. Please tell me which 5-6 statistical techniques are most important/relavent and why!


Organization Summary

The Refugee and Immigrant Family Center (RIFC) is a small not-profit independent center focused on supporting newcomers who need family support, language training, preschool for their children, and help with finding employment, among other community services. It has a staff of ten and is managed by an elected volunteer Executive Board.

RIFC's has 12 ongoing programs are not exclusive of each other, but generally fall into the following three categories: 1) health, wellness and social development, 2) education, training, and employment, 3) children and youth programs and family support.

Proposed Area of Review

This report will form part of RIFC's overall efforts to improve efficiency and reach the maximum number of families in its service district. Specifically, this study will focus on examining where and how our services can be improved based on the needs of the service population in relation to local demographics.

Efforts will focus on gaining a more precise knowledge of the level and type of need by determining who is using our services most and what family profiles are indicators of certain particular needs. We are especially interested in analyzing use of those services categorized as crisis-oriented needs (food, shelter, basic health and safety). As our local demographics are changing so too should RIFC's service focus.

This review shall focus on the particular local demographics of refugee and immigrant families, including country of origin, native language, immigration status, income level, family size, and top 3 type of social services required within last 12 months, divided into non-urgent and urgent .

Benefits of Conducting Statistical Study

A statistical analysis of this relevant information will aid the agency in finding ways to increase the number of immigrant and refugee families it is able to reach with its services. It will also help RIFC adapt its services to maximize support and services where it is most needed.

It will also allow the agency to include more precise, and therefore more powerful, information to government funding officials and for future solicitation of private support from foundations and philanthropic organizations.

Methodology and Analysis

RIFC's service district is a clearly defined area with City limits in its southern most corridor. Collection of data will be completed during as short a time frame as possible, preferably within a two month period.

The sample(s) will be generated from an independent government agency program serving the City that collects relevant data for all districts.

The sample size is recommended to be 200?. The total population under study is estimated to be near 7,000. Because the population is dispersed and varied a larger sample size is recommended.


What data will you collect?

List as specifically as you can the observations or measurements you will make.

Be specific about units of measure and definitions of the observations (what's "in," what's "out").

What statistics will we calculate from the data (for instance, mean/median/quartiles/skewness; standard deviation; probability/ frequency plots; correlations between ___ and ___ (or more) and regression analysis;

What thematic analysis is needed (for open-ended survey questions);

What about use of:
Confidence intervals;
comparison of two or more samples (two-sample hypothesis test);
control chart;
payoff table/decision tree;
index numbers/time series; etc.).

Limitations and sources of error. What are the limitations of your data? What sources of error might there be? For instance, "The opinion sample could be biased, because ___. We can reduce the bias be ensuring we select potential respondents randomly." Or, these data historically tend to be unintentionally biased in favour or ___. We could reduce that effect by ___."

For each statistic you identify, state why you selected that statistic and what information is will provide (that is, interpretation of the data). Caution: There are probably just a few key statistics that are most appropriate for your research question/purpose. Do not list every statistic in the book.


Solution Preview

It seems the biggest questions revolve around whether or not the needs of the community are being met? You'll probably want to gather data on subset of service recipients and then compare that to data from the larger population of immigrants. By comparing them, you can anticipate what services are most needed as well as what is being used the most.

First, you will ...

Solution Summary

Help is given as to the best statistical techniques to use in a research paper.