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Please provide assistance preparing a 4-5 page paper regarding program evaluation (case study #1) and action research (case study #2). Can you please help?

Compare the core research components of the two attached case studies, making sure to analyze the following:

The overall strategy or design, its appropriateness, and the author's rationale for its use

The strategy or design selected for this study

The problem statement

The purpose of the study and its guiding questions

The research questions which addressed the quantitative data and those which addressed the qualitative data (if stated)

The sample and sampling technique used for both the quantitative and qualitative methods

The data collection and analytic techniques employed and their appropriateness. Describe these in detail.

The quantitative data collection techniques used

The qualitative data collection techniques used

Whether the way the data were collected corresponded with the mixed-method strategy used (for example, whether the data were in fact collected sequentially or concurrently)

How quantitative data were analyzed

How qualitative data were analyzed

How the quantitative and qualitative data analyses were used to explain the findings

Ethical issues which might exist with this study and why.

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Case 1
The overall strategy or design, its appropriateness, and the author's rationale for its use.
The mixed methods is a good fit here. It is a community based program with many different stakeholders and stakeholder types. There is a need to understand not just the empirical data, but why the program's methods work or are not working. The mixed methods addresses the empirical data and the qualitative needs as well.

The strategy or design selected for this study
The program needs evaluation for success and the use of both qualitative and quantitative methods, approached through different instruments.

The problem statement
Is the program working for the mentoring program?

The purpose of the study and its guiding questions
The state needs documentation of the program, its methods and success rate. The evaluation team needs to know what is working and how well it is working. They also need to show how the different stakeholders view the program and its components and success. There was a need to address the types of mentors working with students and also evaluation of activities done with the students to determine what was helpful and what was not.

The research questions which addressed the quantitative data and those which addressed the qualitative data (if stated)

Quantitative: The number of contact hours and when the mentor/mentee were meeting. If elegibile students had access to a mentor. To see if the program was increasing student achievement in school. If violence after the program began. To evaluate if the graduation rate of at risk student increased.
Qualitative: The types of activities and the quality in relation to the program.

The sample and sampling technique used for both the quantitative and ...

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This solution of 1,181 words provides a review, using the supplied outline, of two different articles using two different types of research methodology, action research and mixed method evaluation.

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