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ERIC Number: ED260107
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Oct
Pages: 8
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Using an Electronic Spreadsheet to Cut Costs in Evaluation.
Young, Robert; Steele, Sara
A microcomputer spreadsheet software package can be used for a variety of tasks to manage a program or research project and to cut costs in evaluation. LOTUS 1 2 3 is a versatile, commonly available, and well-known electronic spreadsheet package. Spreadsheets were originally designed to emulate financial ledgers and balance sheets. They are useful for estimating projected costs and for simplified budgets. Subtotals and totals for a number of categories are automatically updated when an amount is changed. Similar techniques may be used to collect, code, sort, and analyze research data--a particularly useful technique for tabulating questionnaire responses. It is also possible to enter questionnaire responses into the spreadsheet while conducting a telephone interview. Several commands may be chained together into a macro, in order to simplify data entry at the terminal. LOTUS can be programmed to perform statistical procedures, and can sort and graph data. Data are stored on a floppy diskette and may be transferred to a mainframe computer, word processor, or software package. The amount of data which can fit into a spreadsheet is limited by the amount of memory capacity of the hardware system and the ease of moving around many screens of data. (GDC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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