ERIC Number: ED193281
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
An Exploratory Study of Barriers to Usage of Large Scale Data Bases such as Project TALENT.
Everett, Bruce E.; McLaughlin, Donald H.
To assess the potential user population for Project TALENT data and to identify barriers to usage of the data for secondary analysis, a small telephone survey of leading large-scale survey researchers was undertaken. The survey was designed to elicit suggestions for strategies for reducing barriers to use of the data. Four levels of barrier were considered: unawareness of the existence of the data base, negative attitudes about secondary analysis, specific difficulties or deficiencies of the data base, and cost of data processing. In the case of Project TALENT, most researchers were aware of its existence, but not of the scope of information contained in the data base; half expressed negative feelings about secondary analysis in general. Most respondents felt that useful data were present and expressed interest in future use. For established researchers, costs at the level required for use of Project TALENT data were not perceived as a barrier. Recommendations obtained from the respondents for improving usage matched the steps taken by the TALENT staff, although some areas were identified where additional effort was needed. (Author/GK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: American Institutes for Research in the Behavioral Sciences, Palo Alto, CA.