The Qualitative Tradition


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The Qualitative Tradition
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,...
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.....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.
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