Meta-Analysis for Public Management and Policy is a groundbreaking book that includes a proven set of tools for making sense of mountains of sometimes inconsistent conclusions from original research. The tools of meta-analysis can help to improve scholarship, ensure more accurate tests of theories, provide clearer and more authoritative advice for policy and management, and ultimately contribute to the wider knowledge base of public management and policy and the social sciences more broadly.
This important resource contains an in-depth explanation of the six-stage process for conducting a meta-analysis which consists of Scoping, Literature Search, Data Coding, Calculating and Combining Effect Sizes, Explaining Differences in Effect Sizes Across Original Studies, and Identifying Areas for Further Research. The text includes detailed explanations of the statistical approaches to meta-analysis that have been found to be most useful to researchers and practitioners in public management and policy, and offers four original meta-analyses of school vouchers, performance measurement, public housing decentralization, and public service motivation. These original studies (conducted by the author and his team) offer step-by-step templates for how to conduct a meta-analysis while also contributing original research on important issues in public management and policy.
Meta-Analysis for Public Management and Policy is the hands-on resource that can help students and professionals improve the quality and the relevance of research in public management and policy.