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Choice of research evaluation tools

The choice of evaluation tools is as important as is the methodology.

What tools have you seen used and how well did it work? Looking at a program or project evaluation, what tools were used? If you would have used a different tool to a project what would it have been and why?

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When the term "evaluation tool" is used, I'm assuming it's in reference to data analysis as opposed to checks for validity in responses, e.g., questionnaires. If I'm wrong, please contact Brainmass regarding changing the charge associated with my response.

The appropriate evaluation of data is a question that every researcher, when planning a project, must address as I suspect you're aware. I'll give you an example from my own fellowship research which dealt with the effects of paralyzing the chest wall muscles (temporarily) on pulmonary function. This was of more ...

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The choice of data analysis tools may make the difference between finding equivocal results or significant results. A model system for evaluating pulmonary function changes with chest wall paralysis was evaluated in two different studies, one assuming a normal distribution of results, the other using linear regression of multiple dependent variables on two independent variables. The results of the studies are discussed.