· “Introduction: The Roseto Mystery” (pp. 3–11)

· Chapter 1, “The Matthew Effect” (pp. 15–34)

Australian Bureau of Statistics. (2013). Statistical language—Quantitative and qualitative data. Retrieved from http://www.abs.gov.au/websitedbs/a3121120.nsf/home/statistical+language+-+quantitative+and+qualitative+data

Glaze, L., & Parks, E. (2012). Correctional populations in the United States, 2011 (NCJ 239972). Retrieved from http://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/cpus11.pdf

Miniño A. M., & Murphy S. L. (2012). Death in the United States, 2010. Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db99.pdf

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. (n.d.). Employment projections. Retrieved from http://www.bls.gov/emp/ep_chart_001.htm

By Day 3

Post a minimum of 100 words to Discussion Question A.

Review the assigned pages in Gladwell’s Outliers as well as the articles on statistics. Consider how statistical data were used in the examples in the Learning Resources.

Identify two examples in the Learning Resources and explain how statistics were used in each example. State whether statistics were used effectively in each example and explain why. Finally, explain a strategy you could use to ensure the data you collect and interpret is done in a reliable manner.

By Day 3

Post a minimum of 100 words to your choice of Discussion Question C.

Numerical data are used everywhere to prove points, support claims, define situations, and provide insight for decision making. While reading this weeks’s Learning Resources, you may have noticed how some individuals used numerical data. To prepare for this Discussion, identify a newspaper article, news report, speech, or public presentation in which an individual uses quantitative data to support a position.

Then, post an evaluation of the author/speaker’s use of quantitative data by explaining whether the data was collected and interpreted in a reliable manner. Provide support for your position.

Note: If you conclude that not enough data is available in your selected resource to complete an accurate evaluation, state why this is so. Then, state what steps you might take to learn more about the data used to support the position. Explain how these steps would help you evaluate the data.

By Day 7

Submit your Week 4 Milestone that includes the following:

· A problem statement that addresses the social change topic you identified in the Week 3 Milestone

· An explanation of at least one stakeholder’s perspective on the social change issue; explain how this perspective is similar to or different from your own

· APA references for at least two scholarly resources you are using for your Final Project

(This is all about your work on drug abuse from last week)

By Day 7

Submit a completed copy of the Week 4 Assignment Handout: Statistical Evaluations.


By Day 7

In one paragraph, summarize how the resources in Unit 4 extend your understanding of problem solving when it comes to Quantitative Decisions