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    Advantages and Disadvantages of Multiple Data Sources

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    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.