Reviewing high-quality, peer-reviewed statistics research can help a leader in criminal justice identify opportunities for a new initiative or develop policies that will enhance the administration of their agency. The ability to differentiate between statistical tests and their applications can help you comprehend the results of research studies you read.

Assessment Deliverable

Create a 2- to 3-page matrix in which you explain the applications and limitations of the following 5 statistical tests:

t test

chi-square

ANOVA

Cronbach’s alpha

Wilcoxon rank-sum

Audience for Deliverable

The matrix will be used as a reference by criminal justice professionals responsible for reviewing research studies and statistical data.

For each test in the matrix, you should:

Define the statistical test in your own words.

Explain the purpose of the statistical test. Why might a researcher select this test over another one? How will the test produce valid and reliable results?Explain 1-2 limitations associated with the test.

Provide an example of a research question that can be answered by using the test.

Submit your assessment.

Assessment Support

Review the rubric for guidance on deliverable expectations.

Review the Statistical Tests Matrix Example.

Review the resources from the University Library to learn more about statistical tests, their uses, and their limitations.