Resources & References
Using Excel for analyzing survey data: http://learningstore.uwex.edu/Assets/pdfs/G3658-14.pdf
Analyzing qualitative data: http://learningstore.uwex.edu/Assets/pdfs/G3658-12.pdf
Quantitative data analysis: http://archive.gao.gov/t2pbat6/146957.pdf
Quantitative data analysis: http://learningstore.uwex.edu/assets/pdfs/G3658-6.pdf
Examples of Evaluation Reports that Use Quantitative and Qualitative Data Analysis
College access outreach programs consistently use quantitative and qualitative data analysis to evaluate their program effectiveness, explore participant outcomes, and/or to gain a deeper understanding of their program participants and their lives. Here is a sampling of evaluation reports from outreach program evaluation studies.
- Expanding Learning Time: How the Edwards Middle School in Boston Partnered with Citizen Schools to Transform the Learning Day
- This is an in-depth case-study of one middle school partnership, using data from document reviews, observations, and interviews.
- Improving Equality and Access for Low-Income and Minority Youth into Institutions of Higher Education
- This is an evaluation case study of the Connecticut GEAR UP program, using data from document reviews, observations, and student interview
- Reclaiming the American Dream
- This is a study conducted by the Bridgespan Group using existing longitudinal data to explore college access in-depth.
- Paving the Way to Postsecondary Education: K-12 Intervention Programs for Underrepresented Youth
- This study uses data collected through document, email and phone communication to examine programs that support underrepresented youth. The units of analyses are education intervention programs.
- Raising the Graduation Rates of Low-Income College Students
- This study was an in-depth exploration of low-income college student graduation rates and was conducted by the Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education. It uses quantitative and qualitative data collected through site visits, as well as document reviews.
- Evaluations of GEAR UP
- Using EXPLORE and PLAN Data to Evaluate GEAR UP Programs
- National Evaluation of GEAR UP: A Summary of the First Two Years
- Other GEAR UP program evaluations are available from the GEAR UP Data website
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Miles, M.B, and Huberman, A.M. (1994). Qualitative Data Analysis. (2nd Ed.). Newbury Park, CA: Sage.
National Science Foundation. (1997). User Friendly Handbook for Mixed Methods Evaluations. Retrieved from http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/1997/nsf97153/
Taylor-Powell, E. and Renner, M. (2003). Analyzing Qualitative Data. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Extension. Retrieved from http://learningstore.uwex.edu/pdf/G3658-12.pdf
Trochim, W. M. K. (2006). Research Methods Knowledge Base. http://www.socialresearchmethods.net/kb/index.php
United Way of America. (1996). Measuring Program Outcomes: A Practical Approach. Alexandria, VA: United Way of America.