ERIC Number: ED202904
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr-10
Reference Count: 0
Operationalizing Triangulation in Naturalistic Evaluation: Community Education in Kanawha County (WVA).
Schwartz, Terry Ann; Kaplan, Michael H.
The benefits accrued through the use of triangulation as both a design strategy and an analytic tool cannot be overstated. Triangulation allows for the clustering and organizing of disparate yet related data. Finding out what the data have in common and how the data are different allow the researcher to eliminate (or reduce) the number of plausible rival hypotheses which might explain such data. Triangulation was applied in an evaluation of a community education (CE) program in Kanawha County (KC), West Virginia. Interviews and questionnaires were constructed to gather information relative to the following questions: (1) How successful is the program in KC in achieving its outcomes? (2) How effective is the program in KC in providing services? (3) How efficient is the program in KC in delivering services? (4) What are the major strengths and weaknesses of the program in KC? and (5) What difference has the CE program in KC made in the lives of the residents? Information was collected from CE staff, school faculties, school administration members, community residents, community agency officials, and school-age children. Two methodological approaches, descriptive and case, were used in the operationalization of the evaluation. (RL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Kanawha County Schools WV; Naturalistic Evaluation; Triangulation
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (65th, Los Angeles, CA, April 13-17, 1981).