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Developing And Applying Analytic Capacities In Major American Cities

Author: DAVID N. AMMONS and W. ANDERSON WILLIAMS
Published in PAQ, Vol. 27 No. 4

Carefully conducted analyses are prepared regularly by and for U.S.
municipalities providing important information on a range of issues
facing these governments. A review of selected examples, along with
information on the qualifications and training of beginning analysts in
50 large municipalities, suggests that much of the analysis in the field
relies heavily on the application of management science techniques and
basic descriptive statistics. Less evidence points toward the extensive
use of intermediate or advanced social science statistics, despite the
potential applicability of these tools and their prominence in graduate
curricula.

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