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  Study Purpose  
Method Description Gain insight Change practices Measure effects Difficulty
Document analysis

The systematic examination of program documents such as mission statements, training materials, and policy and procedures.

X Low
Focus group

A group of similar individuals who provide information during a directed and moderated interactive group discussion.

X X High
Interview

A directed conversation with an individual using a list of questions designed to gather extended responses.

X X High
Observation

The systematic observation of program processes or operations using checklists, scaled ratings, or narrative comments.

X X Medium
Product analysis

The systematic examination of any student or client created objects to assess the effectiveness of program activities or services.

X X Medium
Survey

An ordered series of questions administered to individuals in a systematic manner.

X X X Medium

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