Methodological Approaches to Community-Based Research
We present here Web Appendices for chapters in Parts II–IV of Methodological Approaches to Community-Based Research. These chapters describe methodologies that involve the grouping of data (such as cluster analysis and meta-analysis), change over time (such as time series analysis and survival analysis), and the context of behavior and community-wide interventions (such as multilevel modeling, epidemiologic approaches, and geographic information systems).
Links to the chapters’ Web Appendices are presented in order below. Each Web Appendix contains three basic elements:
Note on the datasets and statistical/research applications
- Online Figures and Tables referenced in the book’s chapter or Web Appendix (if applicable),
- Relevant datasets that are also referenced in the chapters’ specific case examples or examination of a social problem, and that are supported by specific research applications (e.g., SPSS, SAS, GIS), and
- Instructions and detailed guidelines on how to load the relevant data sets into the statistical/research application and run the application to analyze the data sets.
You must have access to the statistical/research application used in the chapter in order to load and analyze the chapters’ Web Appendix datasets. Even then, software packages are frequently updated, so readers/users are advised to check whether their version of the relevant research application can support the kind of output files described in the relevant chapter.
Also note that SPSS will convert SPSS system files to SAS files, and SAS can IMPORT SPSS files, albeit with some loss of meta-data. SPSS can read SAS files, and SAS formats provide value labels. It is useful to build an SPSS data file with comple meta-data. A DISPLAY DISCTIONARY and DISPLAY DOCUMENTS can be employed to create a .pdf that is very thorough. Excel is adequate for exercises but has problems that make it suspect for many purposes in the statistical research community.
Chapter 5. Clustering and Its Applications in Community Research
Chapter 6. The Person-Oriented Approach and Community Research
Chapter 7. Meta-Analysis in Community-Oriented Research
Chapter 8. Time Series Analysis in Community-Oriented Research
Chapter 9. Survival Analysis in Prevention and Intervention Programs
Chapter 10. Multilevel Modeling: Method and Application for Community-Based Research
Chapter 11. Epidemiologic Approaches to Community-Based Research
Chapter 12. Applying Geographic Information Systems to Community Research
Chapter 13. Economic Cost Analysis for Community-Based Interventions