This text shows how the most common statistical tools can ​be used to answer interesting real-world questions.

Examples lead the reader through a series of six steps, from identifying a research problem to stating a hypothesis, identifying independent and dependent variables, and selecting and interpreting appropriate statistical tests.

All techniques are demonstrated both manually and with the help of SPSS software.

The book provides students and others who may need to read and interpret statistically based research with the essential knowledge and skills needed to make decisions based on data.