Multiple-Methods and Practical Research: The Value of Using Both Quantitative and Qualitative Data to Assess a Cognitive Based Program

Shannon M. Barton, Indiana State University
Nancy Lynne Hogan, Ferris State University
Eric Lambert, University of Toledo

This paper will explore the value of using multiple-methods of research to evaluate a cognitive based program. Results from a cognitive program evaluation study will be used to discuss how the combination of quantitative and qualitative data revealed the limitations of using one form of data and how these multiple methods can be used to examine change in behavior. The paper will conclude with a discussion of the dilemmas researchers face in presenting findings to the funding agency when they are only seeking measurable change through quantitative data.

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