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Found 13 cases in the category Quantitative Methods

  1. This two part case and its companion bring real world problems into the study of statistics, research design, and communication with non-statistician audiences. Each case invokes multiple skill sets, aiding students in consolidating their knowledge. The brief texts are accompanied by ample data and extensive questions that instructors can use flexibly to combine class discussion, small group work, and writing assignments.

  2. This case focuses on Monty Paradis, a manager charged with overseeing farm worker health and safety, who discovers surprising results in the data he has about a state regulatory program called the Eyes and Falls initiative. This data dispel his previous assumptions, and other results that leave him with more questions than answers. In an effort to rigorously analyze the data on this initiative, he employed regression analysis to determine whether the initiative showed a relative decrease in injuries and costs.

  3. The Chief Executive Officer of a rural nonprofit regional referral health system located in north central Arkansas is confronted with the closure of a rural hospital in his service area. This closure has left an elderly low income population in a major retirement center without access to local inpatient services. He has been asked by a group of influential citizens from the community to help reopen and manage the hospital.

    Health and Health Care
  4. The Burlington Community Land Trust has a radical vision: to secure housing as a basic right, not as a commodity to be bought and sold. The Trust enables low-income families to buy homes on land it owns, controls and keeps perpetually affordable. Founded over 20 years ago, the Trust uses the following approaches:

  5. The Daycare exercise is useful to reinforce key concepts in public budgeting through practical application, and to develop student skills using computer spreadsheets for budget preparation and analysis.

  6. In Canada, antitrust policy and enforcement is quite different than in the U.S. The Commissioner of Competition, who is in charge of reviewing mergers, leads the Competition Bureau, the division of the federal government that promotes and maintains fair competition among businesses so that Canadians benefit from lower prices, product choice and quality of goods and services.

  7. Taking place in a unit of a state public welfare agency, a new manager must come to terms with a growing case backlog in a confused, out of control case system. Since many social service, regulatory and check writing agencies process cases of one sort or another, the lessons and principles derived from this case can be universal. Intended to recoup payments made to welfare recipients involved in accidents with a third party reimburser, substantial repayment revenue is available if the agency appropriately focuses policy and adjusts its operations.

  8. This case uses California's Adoption Assistance program, which subsidized the adoptive families of "hard to place" children, to examine accountability in social service and intergovernmental grant programs, plus the policy options that were available to the state. The case shows the perspective of program managers who favored the program because it was cheaper than foster care, and because adoption was generally preferred over foster care.

    Social Services
  9. Managed care contracts have reduced the reimbursement levels for burn care in a regional hospital. On one hand, the burn care unit must reduce operating expenses by $500,000, and on the other, nurses are considering a strike for higher wages and benefits. Students are asked to analyze data and assist the CEO by devising a plan to reduce expenses while avoiding a nurses' strike. Students must manipulate realistic data to estimate the outcomes of proposed strategies to adequately staff the burn care unit at lower costs.

  10. This case places the student in the role of Pat Alvarez, the Director of Human Resources for a large city. During a harsh budget year, he or she must prepare a city-wide reduction-in-force policy that will apply also to the human resources department itself. Finally, the director will prepare a budget for his or her department taking into account numerous competing demands. This case is unique in that the emphasis on budgeting occurs at the departmental/agency level rather than at a wider jurisdictional level.