The Qualitative Tradition 7.1 I would retain the qualitative approach to this program evaluation. I would hesitate to switch to a quantitative method, for a number of reasons. Firstly, the efficacy of some of the services—crisis counseling comes to mind—can only be measured in a qualitative way. For example, if a depressed teen drops into the center and receives counseling that gives her a more positive feeling about life, the ‘data point’ of the change in her well-being can only be ascertained by the teen’s (necessarily qualitative) self-reporting of her situation. There is simply no hard data (i.e. factual data ‘out there’) that can measure this sort of outcome; the data has to be obtained from the service recipient herself. Even then,...The end:
.....gets of religious messaging, and whether or not they believe that such messaging is an integral part of the therapy itself. In terms of social change, the findings from such a study could provide the data needed to assist in determining whether faith-based public therapeutic initiatives are perceived as such by patient stakeholders, or whether their success is ascribed to other factors. References Creswell, J.W. (2009). Research design. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Feiock, R.C., Steinacker, A., & Park, H.J. (2009). Institutional collective action and economic development joint ventures. Public administration review, (March/April 2009), 256-270 McNamara, C. (1998). Overview of methods to collect information. As provided in Week 7 study notes.