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Comparative data on finances, functions, and governmental fragmentation. among other categories) in the Census o/Governments and The County and City Data Book. Two other useful sources are the Statistical Abstract of the United States and the State and Metropolitan Area Data Boole. If you would like to explore some of the uses of census data in applied research. we recommend Census ABCs as an excellent starting resource. If this publication is not available at your local library, caU the bureau's Data User Services Division (301-763-4100) for assistance.
In addition to local governments, nonprofit organizations may have data resources. g .. crime and police protection, education, economic opportunity, and quality of neighborhood life); and local and area foundations may have community, citywide. regional , or national data resources. Professional associations (organized by function) are another excellent source of information, and these organizations produce directories that are as useful as government telephone directories. You should consider commercially produced data sources such as those produced by your local chamber of commerce.
A quick disclaimer here: We will not completely layout all the steps and procedures for the different types of experimental, quasi-experimental, and pre-experimental designs. Although briefly covered here, the interested reader is encouraged to consult other sources (see Babbie. 1989: Campbell & Stanley, 1966; Clark. , 1992; Lipsey, 1990; Nachmias & Nachmias. 1990). 1 Threats to Internal Validity Inlernal validity refers to Itte possibility that your conclusions may not accurately reflect what your design intended: that is, your conclusions are an artifact of something else.