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Advantages and Disadvantages of Multiple Data Sources

The advantages and disadvantages of using multiple sources of information for program evaluation is discussed. The solution uses an example to support the answer.

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OK. You have just implemented a new program (say a 9th grade transition program for incoming high school students) and you want to see if it was effective in achieving your goals. Sources of data could include:

a student survey/interview given at the end of the program to see what they liked, disliked, and learned
a parent survey/interview to see what they hoped their students would get out of the program
interviews/survey of faculty or other leaders of the program to get their impressions of the program's successes ad failures
a reflective ...

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This response discusses some of the advantages and disadvantages of having multiple data sources when trying to evaluate the efficacy of a program.