An undergraduate course on research methods and analysis is fertile ground for service-learning in political science. Research methods courses teach students a variety of data-collection and analysis methods, and many community service agencies and nonprofit organizations typically benefit from research on how their services are provided and how such services can be improved. This essay illustrates how undergraduate students can use survey design techniques to help community service organizations collect data on program effectiveness and program development.
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Palazzolo, Daniel J. "Research Methods." In Experiencing Citizenship: Concepts and Models for Service-Learning in Political Science, edited by Richard M. Battistoni and William E. Hudson, 109-118. Washington, D.C.: American Association for Higher Education, 1997.