Step Five: Collect and Analyze Data

DorothyFinally, let’s consider the fourth potential result of data analysis: You realize that your program was not implemented as designed, but your objectives were achieved.  While this is unusual, it is certainly possible.

Let’s consider one of Darcy’s program activities:

For the duration of the program, mentors will meet with their assigned youth two times per week to go over homework and/or other academic issues.

Darcy’s analyses might reveal that in most situations, mentors met with their assigned youth once a week instead of two times per week, yet the objective to increase GPA was still achieved.  She may want to consider changing this activity since the program achieved objectives with less intensive services. On the other hand, she may want to retain the objective to see how different the outcome (GPA) would be if mentors do actually meet with youth twice per week.

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